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Circular walk around Arnside Knott
A circular walk around Arnside Knott in Lancashire. Arnside Knott is a haven for birds and wildlife with a mixture of Southern and Northern species on the edge of their ranges. From up on the Knott, many of the Lakeland Fells can be seen as indicated on the viewpoint indicator.

Circular walk around Grey Crag, Alcock Tarn and Butter Crag from Grasmere
The walk starts in Grasmere in the Lake District. The walk leaves Grasmere passing by the Wordsworth museum and Dove Cottage before starting to climb up towards Grey Crag. From here it is only a short distance to Alcock Tarn. The grassy areas around the tarn can be a delightful place for a summer picnic, or for simply sitting and admiring the panoramic views of the surrounding fells. From here the walk continues to Butter Crag and then descends down to Greenhead Gill and back into Grasmere.

Circular walk around Gummer's How
The walk starts from the Gummer's How Forestry Commission car park and heads initially through some pine trees before climbing up some man made steps towards the summit of Gummer's How. The view from the summit over Lake Windermere takes in many Lakeland Fells including: Dollywagon Pike; Fairfield; Great Rigg; Hart Crag; Dove Crag; Scandale Pass; Red Screes and the Kirkstone Pass. The return walk mainly follows the upward path in reverse.

Circular walk around Humphrey Head from Kents Bank Railway Station
An out and back walk from Kents Bank Railway Station and out along Humphrey Head in Morecambe Bay. Humphrey Head is a low rocky promontory extending for about one mile into Morecambe Bay and affords excellent views out to sea.

Circular walk around Wansfell via Jenkin's Crag from Ambleside
A circular walk from Ambleside in the Lake District. The walk heads out of Ambleside through Skelgyhll Wood to the viewpoint at Jenkin's Crag. The walk then heads on up Hundreds Lane and on to climb Wansfell. From here to the west can be seen the Langdales (Bow Fell, Crinkle Crags and the Pike of Blisco), to the North there is the Kirkstone Pass and Fairfield Horseshoe, to the East is High Street and Windermere to the South. The walk then drops back down into Ambleside.

Circular walk of Whitbarrow Scar via Lord's Seat from Mill Side
A circular walk along Whitbarrow Scar in the Lake District from Mill Side. The walk initially passes through woodland before climbing up on to Whitbarrow Scar. A 2Km walk along the scar via Lord's Seat then offers wonderful views of the surrounding area and out into Morecambe Bay. The path then drops off the scar and follows through delightful woodland passes by Witherslack Hall on the way back to the start.

Circular walk on Scout Scar near Kendal
A delightful easy circular walk offering wonderful views of the Lakeland Fells on Scout Scar near Kendal. From a small car park next to the Scar the path leads up on to the Scar itself. Pass by the 'viewpoint mushroom' which includes an indicator showing all the Lakeland Fells that can be seen from this point. Continue along the mainly flat scar and then return via a parallel path on the far side of the mushroom. The walk can easily be extended further along the scar.

Elterwater, Skelwith Force and Colwith Force walk from Elterwater
A circular from Elterwater village initially following the Cumbria Way past Elterwater itself and on past Skelwith Force to reach Skelwith Bridge. On this section there are great views back towards the Langdales. There is a cafe at Skelwith Bridge. From there the Cumbria Way is followed to Colwith Force, another delightful waterfall in some secluded woods and then on to the much photographed Slater Bridge. The walk heads on by Little Langdale, with views of Little Langdale tarn before heading back down to Elterwater.

Orrest Head walk from Windermere
A short circular from Windermere to Orrest Head, which was Wainwright's introduction to the Lake District. On a clear day, the ratio of views to effort put in probably cannot be beaten. The walk starts on the A591 by the large 'Orrest Head' sign and follows a lane most of the way on its 20 minute journey to the summit. From the summit, you could just return back down to the start, but the walk as described heads north to join a lane briefly near Causeway Farm. It then heads to enter a delightful woodland section through St Catherine's Wood and then via High Hay Wood back to the start. Wainwright said of Orrest "Orrest Head for many of us, is 'where we came in' - our first ascent in Lakeland, our first sight of mountains in tumultuous array across glittering waters, our awakening to beauty. It is a popular walk, deservedly, for here the promised land is seen in all its glory. It is a fitting finale, too, to a life made happy be fellwandering. Dare we hope there will be another Orrest Head over the threshold of the next heaven?"

Ruskin's View and St Mary's Church walk from Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
This easy stroll is a wonderful way to see Kirkby Lonsdale and its many delights, the only climb being the '86' radical steps just before you reach Ruskin's view. This short circular walk can be started from any part of the walk and if you want to break off to enjoy Kirkby Lonsdale's many shops, narrow lanes, pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, you can. Kirkby Lonsdale is a historic market town, known by many for Devil's Bridge, dating back to around 1370 and Ruskin's view, which he described as the loveliest view in England and therefore the world. The scene has also been painted by Turner. Both these are visited on this short walk. The centre of Kirkby Lonsdale is a mix of elegant well preserved 18th-century buildings and stone cottages built around cobbled courtyards and narrow alleyways with names such as Salt Pie Lane, Horse Market and Jingling Lane.

Rydal Water and Grasmere Water walk from Rydal
The circular walk as described starts from Pelter Bridge car park, but can be started anywhere enroute - plenty of parking in Grasmere itself. The walk heads initially around Rydal Water taking in a few caves. It then heads around Grasmere and then on into Grasmere itself, where you can avail yourself of the many cafes! The walk then heads out past Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth museum. The walk then heads through the woods before reaching Rydal Mount, one of the homes of William Wordsworth, before heading back to the car park. All the way around the walk are wonderful views across the lakes and of the surrounding fells.

Seafront Walk at Arnside
A short circular walk in Arnside in Lancashire. From the shore-side parking, a path is followed along the shore which affords views across the estuary to Grange over Sands and to the viaduct. When New Barns Bay is reached, the return is via a more elevated road which affords additional views of the estuary.

Stony Cove Pike walk from The Kirkstone Pass Inn
Whilst there are great views from the car park opposite the Kirkstone Pass Inn, the views can be enhanced by a walk up to Stony Cove Pike. The walk heads up along St Raven's Edge and then onto Caudale Moor before reaching Stony Cove Pike. From here there are views of many of the Lakeland Fells and out to the sea in Morecambe Bay. The return walk heads back down the outward path but offers differing views.

The Calf walk from Bowderdale via West Fell
A circular walk from Bowderdale in the Howgills. An easy to follow path follows a beck through Bowderdale before climbing more steeply up to the Calf in the Howgills. The Calf offers wonderful panoramas of the Howgills and Lakeland Fells. The return is via a lofty, wide ridge path that offers views all the way!

The Calf walk via Cautley Spout from Cautley
A circular walk from the Cross Keys public house near Sedburgh in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk heads over the River Rothay and then though a delightful valley to reach Cautley Spout. The walk then proceeds steeply up the side of the impressive waterfall to head on to the triangulation point at the Calf, which affords view out to the sea and the Lakeland fells. The return is via Bram Rigg Tops and Little and Great Dummacks.

The Gragareth, Great Coum and Crag Hill Horseshoe walk from Leck Fell House
A circular walk from Leck Fell House in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk heads up across open moorland to Gragareth, via the '3 Men of Gragareth' - 3 large cairns guarding the hill! Then from there a path is followed along the moorland ridge to pass over Great Coum and then around to Crag Hill. The broad ridge offers wonderful panoramas of the Dales and round to the Lakeland Fells. The walk then drops down to Ease Gill via Bullpot Farm, before climbing back up to Leck Fell House. Note - not all the paths are well marked.

The Old Man of Coniston Circular walk via Brown Pike, Buck Pike and Dow Crag
The walk follows a circular route from a parking area on Walna Scar road, near Coniston in the Lake District. It sets off in a westerly direction along Walna Scar road itself, which is now a track, before turning northwards to start the real climbing over Brown Pike, Buck Pike and Dow Crag. The walk drops down to Goat's Hawse before heading to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston, known by many as Coniston Old Man. From the summit there are excellent panoramic views of all surrounding hills and fells, from Black Combe around to the Pennines taking in the Scafell group to the North and as far as the Isle of Man to the West, along with Blind Tarn and Goat's Water below. From the summit, the walk zig-zags down to Low Water before returning to the parking area through the remains of a bygone era in this part of the Lakes - copper mining.

 

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The Lake District and the surrounding area

Circular walk around Arnside Knott
A circular walk around Arnside Knott in Lancashire. Arnside Knott is a haven for birds and wildlife with a mixture of Southern and Northern species on the edge of their ranges. From up on the Knott, many of the Lakeland Fells can be seen as indicated on the viewpoint indicator.

Circular walk around Grey Crag, Alcock Tarn and Butter Crag from Grasmere
The walk starts in Grasmere in the Lake District. The walk leaves Grasmere passing by the Wordsworth museum and Dove Cottage before starting to climb up towards Grey Crag. From here it is only a short distance to Alcock Tarn. The grassy areas around the tarn can be a delightful place for a summer picnic, or for simply sitting and admiring the panoramic views of the surrounding fells. From here the walk continues to Butter Crag and then descends down to Greenhead Gill and back into Grasmere.

Circular walk around Gummer's How
The walk starts from the Gummer's How Forestry Commission car park and heads initially through some pine trees before climbing up some man made steps towards the summit of Gummer's How. The view from the summit over Lake Windermere takes in many Lakeland Fells including: Dollywagon Pike; Fairfield; Great Rigg; Hart Crag; Dove Crag; Scandale Pass; Red Screes and the Kirkstone Pass. The return walk mainly follows the upward path in reverse.

Circular walk around Humphrey Head from Kents Bank Railway Station
An out and back walk from Kents Bank Railway Station and out along Humphrey Head in Morecambe Bay. Humphrey Head is a low rocky promontory extending for about one mile into Morecambe Bay and affords excellent views out to sea.

Circular walk around Wansfell via Jenkin's Crag from Ambleside
A circular walk from Ambleside in the Lake District. The walk heads out of Ambleside through Skelgyhll Wood to the viewpoint at Jenkin's Crag. The walk then heads on up Hundreds Lane and on to climb Wansfell. From here to the west can be seen the Langdales (Bow Fell, Crinkle Crags and the Pike of Blisco), to the North there is the Kirkstone Pass and Fairfield Horseshoe, to the East is High Street and Windermere to the South. The walk then drops back down into Ambleside.

Circular walk of Whitbarrow Scar via Lord's Seat from Mill Side
A circular walk along Whitbarrow Scar in the Lake District from Mill Side. The walk initially passes through woodland before climbing up on to Whitbarrow Scar. A 2Km walk along the scar via Lord's Seat then offers wonderful views of the surrounding area and out into Morecambe Bay. The path then drops off the scar and follows through delightful woodland passes by Witherslack Hall on the way back to the start.

Circular walk on Scout Scar near Kendal
A delightful easy circular walk offering wonderful views of the Lakeland Fells on Scout Scar near Kendal. From a small car park next to the Scar the path leads up on to the Scar itself. Pass by the 'viewpoint mushroom' which includes an indicator showing all the Lakeland Fells that can be seen from this point. Continue along the mainly flat scar and then return via a parallel path on the far side of the mushroom. The walk can easily be extended further along the scar.

Elterwater, Skelwith Force and Colwith Force walk from Elterwater
A circular from Elterwater village initially following the Cumbria Way past Elterwater itself and on past Skelwith Force to reach Skelwith Bridge. On this section there are great views back towards the Langdales. There is a cafe at Skelwith Bridge. From there the Cumbria Way is followed to Colwith Force, another delightful waterfall in some secluded woods and then on to the much photographed Slater Bridge. The walk heads on by Little Langdale, with views of Little Langdale tarn before heading back down to Elterwater.

Orrest Head walk from Windermere
A short circular from Windermere to Orrest Head, which was Wainwright's introduction to the Lake District. On a clear day, the ratio of views to effort put in probably cannot be beaten. The walk starts on the A591 by the large 'Orrest Head' sign and follows a lane most of the way on its 20 minute journey to the summit. From the summit, you could just return back down to the start, but the walk as described heads north to join a lane briefly near Causeway Farm. It then heads to enter a delightful woodland section through St Catherine's Wood and then via High Hay Wood back to the start. Wainwright said of Orrest "Orrest Head for many of us, is 'where we came in' - our first ascent in Lakeland, our first sight of mountains in tumultuous array across glittering waters, our awakening to beauty. It is a popular walk, deservedly, for here the promised land is seen in all its glory. It is a fitting finale, too, to a life made happy be fellwandering. Dare we hope there will be another Orrest Head over the threshold of the next heaven?"

Ruskin's View and St Mary's Church walk from Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
This easy stroll is a wonderful way to see Kirkby Lonsdale and its many delights, the only climb being the '86' radical steps just before you reach Ruskin's view. This short circular walk can be started from any part of the walk and if you want to break off to enjoy Kirkby Lonsdale's many shops, narrow lanes, pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, you can. Kirkby Lonsdale is a historic market town, known by many for Devil's Bridge, dating back to around 1370 and Ruskin's view, which he described as the loveliest view in England and therefore the world. The scene has also been painted by Turner. Both these are visited on this short walk. The centre of Kirkby Lonsdale is a mix of elegant well preserved 18th-century buildings and stone cottages built around cobbled courtyards and narrow alleyways with names such as Salt Pie Lane, Horse Market and Jingling Lane.

Rydal Water and Grasmere Water walk from Rydal
The circular walk as described starts from Pelter Bridge car park, but can be started anywhere enroute - plenty of parking in Grasmere itself. The walk heads initially around Rydal Water taking in a few caves. It then heads around Grasmere and then on into Grasmere itself, where you can avail yourself of the many cafes! The walk then heads out past Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth museum. The walk then heads through the woods before reaching Rydal Mount, one of the homes of William Wordsworth, before heading back to the car park. All the way around the walk are wonderful views across the lakes and of the surrounding fells.

Seafront Walk at Arnside
A short circular walk in Arnside in Lancashire. From the shore-side parking, a path is followed along the shore which affords views across the estuary to Grange over Sands and to the viaduct. When New Barns Bay is reached, the return is via a more elevated road which affords additional views of the estuary.

Stony Cove Pike walk from The Kirkstone Pass Inn
Whilst there are great views from the car park opposite the Kirkstone Pass Inn, the views can be enhanced by a walk up to Stony Cove Pike. The walk heads up along St Raven's Edge and then onto Caudale Moor before reaching Stony Cove Pike. From here there are views of many of the Lakeland Fells and out to the sea in Morecambe Bay. The return walk heads back down the outward path but offers differing views.

The Calf walk from Bowderdale via West Fell
A circular walk from Bowderdale in the Howgills. An easy to follow path follows a beck through Bowderdale before climbing more steeply up to the Calf in the Howgills. The Calf offers wonderful panoramas of the Howgills and Lakeland Fells. The return is via a lofty, wide ridge path that offers views all the way!

The Calf walk via Cautley Spout from Cautley
A circular walk from the Cross Keys public house near Sedburgh in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk heads over the River Rothay and then though a delightful valley to reach Cautley Spout. The walk then proceeds steeply up the side of the impressive waterfall to head on to the triangulation point at the Calf, which affords view out to the sea and the Lakeland fells. The return is via Bram Rigg Tops and Little and Great Dummacks.

The Gragareth, Great Coum and Crag Hill Horseshoe walk from Leck Fell House
A circular walk from Leck Fell House in the Yorkshire Dales. The walk heads up across open moorland to Gragareth, via the '3 Men of Gragareth' - 3 large cairns guarding the hill! Then from there a path is followed along the moorland ridge to pass over Great Coum and then around to Crag Hill. The broad ridge offers wonderful panoramas of the Dales and round to the Lakeland Fells. The walk then drops down to Ease Gill via Bullpot Farm, before climbing back up to Leck Fell House. Note - not all the paths are well marked.

The Old Man of Coniston Circular walk via Brown Pike, Buck Pike and Dow Crag
The walk follows a circular route from a parking area on Walna Scar road, near Coniston in the Lake District. It sets off in a westerly direction along Walna Scar road itself, which is now a track, before turning northwards to start the real climbing over Brown Pike, Buck Pike and Dow Crag. The walk drops down to Goat's Hawse before heading to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston, known by many as Coniston Old Man. From the summit there are excellent panoramic views of all surrounding hills and fells, from Black Combe around to the Pennines taking in the Scafell group to the North and as far as the Isle of Man to the West, along with Blind Tarn and Goat's Water below. From the summit, the walk zig-zags down to Low Water before returning to the parking area through the remains of a bygone era in this part of the Lakes - copper mining.

 

 

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