Category Archives: Rambling

Rambling: Wansfell and Troutbeck, Lake District

This is a circular walk from Ambleside to the village of Troutbeck via Wansfell. It’s the shortest of the ‘red’ walks in the excellent Pathfinder Guide, so made a good choice for a wet and windy day – fortunately, after an early tea at the Old Post Office tea rooms in Troutbeck, the weather was much improved. Highlights include a succession of waterfalls on leaving Ambleside and excellent views of Windermere on the return.

Leave a comment

Filed under Rambling

Rambing: Walla Crag, Lake District

My family and I went for this lovely walk earlier this year. As well as some amazing views, we stopped at Annie’s Pantry at the half-way point for an excellent lunch sitting by the river.

Starting from National Trust car parks at Great Wood just outside Keswick, this walk climbs steadily through the wood and offers views over Derwent Water. It’s quite a steep walk down the river valley to Annie’s Pantry, but that’s the only refreshment stop on this walk and was well worth the effort. The highlight of the walk is the descent from Walla Crag to Cat Gill – the book has a nice photo of this, as well as lots of pictures of dogs!

Leave a comment

Filed under Rambling

Rambling: Loweswater, Lake District

Lake District
This is a short, low-level walk around Loweswater, which is both a lake and the name of a small village. It’s also the first walk in the Pathfinder Guide. On the day that my family and I hiked around the lake, The Loweswater Show was coincidentally being held in fields nearby – making it quite a challenge to squeeze the car around the horse boxes leaving the show along the narrow country lanes. There is parking is lay-bys along the Northern side of the lake.

The route for the walk was quite easy to follow, being largely around the lake. There are some lovely sections on the North side of the lake where the path is directly adjacent to the water. On the South side, much of the route is through woodland, although there is a stony beach with several ropes suspended from the trees – we caught a sheepish teenager enjoying a swing on those before he felt self-conscious.

The walked was booked at 4 miles.
LoweswaterLoweswater from Holme WoodLoweswater - South side

Leave a comment

Filed under Rambling

Rambling: Buttermere, Lake District

Lake DistrictHaving met up with family during our Lake District holiday, we went for a low-level walk around Buttermere. Although the drive from Keswick to Buttermere village over the Honister Pass can be hair-raising, it was worth it to enjoy an atmospheric walk around this popular lake.

The route around Buttermere is pretty clear, and is half of a walk outlined in the Pathfinder Guide. There is a more challenging walk starting from here, to include Red Pike, High Stile and Haystacks – terrific views from the tops. There are refreshments in several pubs in the village, we chose the Sykes Farm cafe, which was excellent.

The walk was booked at 4.5 miles and my phone recorded just 9 floors climbed.

Buttermere, Lake District

View of Haystacks from Buttermere

Leave a comment

Filed under Rambling

Rambling: Borrowdale, Lake District

Lake District
This is a beautiful, low-level walk from the Pathfinder Guide. Although it doesn’t circle a lake or climb any of the famous fells, the route follows the River Derwent and provides spectacular views down the valley. We walked the route in reverse, from Grange to Seatoller. Grange benefits from a lovely cafe as well as tea rooms – sadly, the cafe at Seatoller was shut when we arrived!  The route was quite easy to follow, except for the start of the footpath back from Seatoller – after following the road out of the village and up the hill, the directions are to take the footpath to climb steeply up the side of the valley.  The footpath and gate were obscured by bracken, so only visible when almost on top of them!

The route was booked at 7 miles and my phone recorded 18000 steps and 45 floors climbed that day.

Leave a comment

Filed under Rambling

Rambling: Helvellyn including Striding Edge and Swirral Edge, Lake District

Lake District

Despite many hiking holidays in the Lake District, and at least two previous walks up Helvellyn via less challenging  routes, I had never crossed Striding Edge before.  The weather was perfect during this holiday, so I took the opportunity to tick this item off my bucket list.

I followed the route from the Pathfinder Guide, which starts at “Helvellyn Base Camp” in Glenridding, climbs up the side of Grisedale then circles around the beautiful Red Tarn.  Striding Edge is accurately described in the book as “positively hair-raising”, particularly because you have to scramble over fairly severe crags at the beginning and end of the ridge.  Whilst there is a narrow path just below the ridge, that has a vertical drop to the side and still requires some scrambling – so this isn’t a walk for novices.

After the exhilaration of crossing Swirral Edge, I didn’t want to drop below the peak of Catstye Cam without climbing that too.  The path down from the end of that descent, though, does not coincide with the path back to the “Hole-in-the-Wall”, so it was necessary to improvise a route across rocks in Red Tarn Beck and climb back up to the official path.

This walk was booked as 8.5 miles and my phone recorded 25000 steps and 267 floors climbed that day.

Grisedale

View back across Striding Edge

Swirral Edge

Swirral Edge from Catstye Cam

GriseDale

Hole-in-the-Wall crossroads

Striding Edge

Red Tarn

View across Red Tarn to Ullswater

Glenridding

Leave a comment

Filed under Rambling

Rambling: Loughrigg Tarn, Lake District

Lake District
This was a short, family walk starting from Skelwith Bridge. We parked on the road near the Skelwith Bridge Hotel and roughly followed the route to Loughrigg Tarn from the Jarrold Lake District Short Walks book.  After a short ascent through a holiday park of wooden chalets, the route around the tarn is quite clear and largely flat.  There is a small stream into the tarn which can be jumped or crossed by stepping stones.

The circuit is under 3 miles, so is a handy short walk if you need to fill in an hour or so.

Leave a comment

Filed under Rambling