Having 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.
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.
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.
Visiting family near the New Forest, I squeezed in this pleasant walk in the vicinity of Brockenhurst, clearly a favourite of locals (judging by the number of cars parked nearby).
The New Forest was created by William I for hunting, with fencing forbidden in order to allow deer to run free. In the middle ages, though, the trees were reduced due to the browsing deer, and large areas were enclosed to re-establish the woodland. This is one such area, and plaques record when the area has been enclosed/re-opened over hundreds of years.
Whilst I didn’t see any deer during this walk, there were plenty of New Forest ponies on Wilverley Plain at the end of the walk.
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.