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Lace up your boots strap on your pack and hit the trail with Woolly.

Why not try one of the walks below which are especially good for children, or click on the links to find a whole range of ambles and rambles of varying lengths and difficulties.

Tarn Hows near Hawkshead
Gummers How near Newby Bridge
Cat Bells returning via Derwentwater lakeshore

Buttermere circuit
Monks and mysteries walk near Wetheral
Arnside Knott

Tarn Hows near Hawkshead PUSHCHAIR FRIENDLY

1. Distance: 1 km/0.5 miles (to viewpoint) or 3.2 km, 2 miles circuit of the tarn
Starting Point: main National Trust car park at Tarn Hows

2. Tarn Hows is one of the most visited spots in the Lakes. It is in fact a number of small tarns surrounded by woodland and open fell, with superb views of the Langdale Pikes.

3. Route: There are two possible routes at Tarn Hows. One is a short gravel pathway that leads from the disabled persons’ car park to a viewpoint overlooking the tarns.

4. The tarn circuit is a popular stroll and follows a well-made path. This can be done with a pushchair/buggy though the path is a bit bumpy in parts and may be muddy after heavy rain. For children there are lots of small streams which go under the path and little bays and inlets to explore, as well as swans, geese and ducks on the open tarn.

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Gummers How near Newby Bridge BAG YOUR FIRST SUMMIT

Distance: 2.5 km/1.5 miles
Starting Point: Car park off the road which goes from Fell Foot to Bowland Bridge

This popular viewpoint overlooking the southern end of Windermere is an ideal first peak for youngsters because you have already gained a lot of height by the time you park. It offers a flavour of the hills and great views for not too much effort.

1. From the car park a short path leads through the wood. Cross the road and go through the gate to the other side where a well trodden path works its way up to the summit. For much of the way there are views of the lake dotted with steamers and yachts. For the final part of the walk there is a choice to follow the path or scramble your own way up over the rocks.

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Cat Bells returning via Derwentwater lakeshore A FAMILY FAVOURITE

Distance: 6.2 km/3.75 miles
Starting Point: There is a small parking area along a narrow lane signposted Skelgill. Alternatively take the launch to Hawes End landing stage from Keswick and follow the path up to the road away from the lake shore to begin the walk.

This walk includes a short steep section but gives sensational panoramic views over Keswick, Derwentwater, Borrowdale and the Western Fells – a great payback for a small amount of effort. The combination of some easy scrambling up Cat Bells and easy walking along the shore of Derwentwater makes it ideal for energetic families.

1. From the parking area a clear path climbs, zig-zagging steadily up the main breast of Skelgill Bank. There are some rocky patches with some easy scrambling. The path levels out for a short while before a steeper scramble to the summit of Cat Bells and magnificent views.

2. To descend take the short rocky path down to the ridge. Carry along the ridge until you reach Hause Gate where a clear path goes off to the left. The path zig-zags down, but after a while the steepness eases. Take a path off to the left towards a plantation of conifers. Here you join the main terrace path but your direction is down following a dry stone wall to the road.

3. Follow the road left for approx 50 metres and then turn right down to the lakeshore at Brandlehow Bay past the old mine workings. The path then follows the wooded shore line, taking you past High Brandlehow landing stage.

4. After a while you leave the woodland behind and the path continues across a pasture and on to Hawes End. Here you can either take your launch back or follow the path away from the lakeshore up to the road and return to the parking area.

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Buttermere circuit
Distance: 6.4 km/4 m
Starting Point: Buttermere village – car park next to Fish Hotel

Buttermere is ringed by high mountains and this easy walk round the lake gives you the feeling of a high level walk, whilst remaining low level.

1. From the car park turn right along then the road then through Syke Farm to pick up the footpath to the lakeshore. Eventually you will come to Hassness and go through a gate to a tunnel. The tunnel is about 20m long and offers a good place to test the acoustics. After the tunnel continue along the shore path, then across a field and up to the road. Turn right along the road to Gatesgarth Farm.

2. Pass the farm entrance and bear right along a fenced path beside the beck. Go through the gate and then another wicket gate in the left corner. Bear right and follow the fenced path across the head of the valley, crossing the river by a bridge. After going through another kissing gate turn right past the sheepfold and you will come to the lake again.

3. Follow the paths along the lakeshore, passing through Burntness Wood. At the end of the lake go through a wicket gate on the right, then turn left and then right over some bridges. A fenced track takes you back to the car park.

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Monks and mysteries walk near Wetheral FAMILY FUN
Distance: 5.6 km/3.5 m
Starting Point: Wetheral Village green

A walk on the banks of the river Eden, in the former Forest of Inglewood. The route visits ancient oak woods, the remains of a medieval monastery and the mysterious St. Constantine’s cells, a series of caves on a rocky outcrop with magnificent river views. It also crosses the spectacular viaduct footway linking the villages of Wetheral and Great Corby.

1. Start from the village green in the centre of Wetheral. This is up the hill from the railway station, past the Crown Hotel. Leave the village green by the south-east corner, down past the cross. Take the road to the right towards the Priory Gatehouse, the only remaining part of the former Priory building.

2. Continue up the lane and turn left at the first kissing gate and follow a short sloping path to enter Wetheral Woods. After about ¼ mile take the fork to the left. Keep to the left, with the river below you, until you reach a flight of stone steps leading down to St. Constantine’s Cells, a series of square caves cut deep into the rock. Variously described as a 6th century prince or a 10th century king, there is no evidence that Constantine actually lived in the caves. It is more certain that they were used as storage chambers by the monks from Wetheral Priory.

3. Go back up the steps and now keep to your right, with some steep drops to your right as the river has gouged a rocky gorge through the landscape. At a merging of paths, keep right downhill. Leave the woods by a kissing gate, staying on a path along the riverbank.

4. On the opposite side is Corby Castle, whose classical façade and ornate cascades were created by previous owners, members of the Howard family. Continue along the riverside path to a grassy area dominated by the Eden Benchmark sculpture, Flight of Fancy, made by Tim Shutter. Turn left uphill for a short distance and then right, along the narrow lane. Watch out for traffic! (For a short detour, take the sloping path uphill on the left which brings you to the churchyard by the back gate). Stay on the lane with the river on your right, past some cottages and approaching the arches of Wetheral Viaduct, built for the North Eastern Railway in 1830-34.

5. Under the viaduct turn left up a flight of stone steps. Cross the footbridge over the tracks at Wetheral station, then turn right and cross the viaduct on a footway. This allows you some spectacular views of the border hills, and of the river Eden itself. Follow a path to a level crossing with the Corby Bridge Inn opposite.

6. Cross the railway and turn immediately left on a footpath which turns sharp right after about 50 metres. Follow the path to emerge from the trees with Great Corby’s lower green and school spread below you. At the road, turn right and follow it slightly uphill to a crossroads outside the Queen Inn.

7. At the crossroads turn right and follow the road towards Carlisle until you reach the level crossing once more. Turn left after crossing the railway and retrace your steps across the viaduct. Cross the station footbridge again and turn right uphill to Wetheral village green to complete your walk.

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Arnside Knott WILDLIFE WALK

Distance: 3 km/2 m
Starting point: Arnside Knott National Trust car park

Situated on the edge of Morecambe Bay, this distinctive 500 foot limestone hill has fine views of the Kent Estuary and the Lake District. This walk takes you through beautiful woodland and flower-studded grassland.

1. Turn left out of the car park and after a short walk along the entrance track, climb a short way up the bank on your right to a mountain indicator. There are great views over the Kent Estuary towards the Lake District here.

2. Keep zig-zagging up the steep hillside to a stone toposcope and a breath-taking panorama. If you’re lucky you may see the strange-looking Arnside bore – a tidal wave that rolls from the bay into the estuary a couple of hours before high tide.

3. Bear left on the path from the toposcope and climb through woodland up to open grassland (a good spot for picnics) along the crest of the ridge.

4. Reach the highest point on the walk at a bench, continue a short way and head right, downhill, with a wall on your left.

5. The route angles right before reaching a gate to enter Redhills Wood. Soon after, turn left at a cross-roads and tour the woodland, always following paths round to the right. This area is home to a fantastic range of trees and plants, such as dog’s mercury, dog’s violet and primrose. Look out for the very pretty peach blossom moth and listen for the song of marsh tits (a loud ‘pitchoo’ sound).

6. Silverdale Road appears down to your left as you emerge on to open hillside. Pass the Shilla Slopes (steep limestone screes created by Ice Age glaciers). Only some plants like marjoram and thyme can anchor in this rubble. They both attract butterflies too.

7. Follow the broad uphill track to take you back to the car park. Go through several gates, avoiding left-hand turns to Heathwaite and Copridding Wood.

Walk adapted courtesy of National Trust

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CHECK OUT THESE OTHER WALKS

Sculpture trail at Grizedale Forest 8 waymarked paths from 1 m to 9.5m
Friars Crag and Calf Close Bay, Keswick 2.7 km/1.7 m
Nether Wasdale to Wastwater Shore 8 km/5 m
Twixt Sea and Fell - Under Black Combe 16.1 km/10 m
Arthuret, Debatable Land 6.4 km/4 m
The Eden Estuary Trail 12.1 km/7.5 m

You can find more walks for a range of abilities at
Cumbria Tourism’s Lake District Outdoors www.lakedistrictoutdoors.co.uk
Lakes District National Parks Authority www.lake-district.gov.uk/index/enjoying.htm
National Trust www.nationaltrust.org.uk
For local area information and walks

www.visiteden.co.uk
www.lake-district-peninsulas.co.uk
www.lakelandgateway.info
www.keswick.org
www.western-lakedistrict.co.uk

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