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1. Distance: 1 km/0.5 miles (to viewpoint) or 3.2 km, 2 miles circuit of the tarn
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.
Distance: 2.5 km/1.5 miles
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.
Distance: 6.2 km/3.75 miles
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.
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.
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.
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.
Distance: 3 km/2 m
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.
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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