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Rambling: Ullswater, Lake District


Ullswater is one of my favourite spots in the Lake District. This was a low-level walk from the Pathfinder Short Walks series, with a minor embellishment to take in Silver Crag – we were blessed with good weather and lovely views across the lake.

The walk was booked at 5 miles from the car park in Patterdale (mind you, the book said that parking would cost £1 and it has gone up to £4.50 in the 10 years since I bought the book!). My technology recorded it as 23000 steps and 62 floors climbed.

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Rambling: Cat Bells and Derwent Water, Lake District


This visit to the fabulous Lake District National Park was greeted by sunshine and fine views – a rarity in this part of the country. Cat Bells is deceptive, from a distance it doesn’t look much of a challenge, yet it is steep and strenuous from the very beginning. The initial climb is followed by a scramble up to a peak that makes you think you’ve arrived. In reality, there’s another peak to go, followed (on this occasion) by beautiful views across Derwent Water. I chose a route that took us down the other side of the hill and back along the wooded shores of the lake.

This walk from the Lake District Pathfinder Guide was booked at 4.5 miles (but you could add on a mile to allow for parking some distance from the hill). My phone recorded 25000 steps and 118 floors climbed.

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Rambling: Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds


I’d been looking forward to this ramble in the Cotswolds for a while. Though not a National Park, the Cotswolds are well known as an area with beautiful countryside and idyllic stone villages.

I chose a 10 mile circular walk from Bourton-on-the-Water, through Lower Slaughter, Upper Slaughter and Naunton. Though lacking much in the way of hills, this walk passed some lovely meadows and rivers. Naunton also has a famous dovecote, built in 1660! Although this walk was worth 34000 steps, the lack of hills meant it only accounted for 40 floors climbed.


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