This guidebook describes 30 low-level day walks in the valleys, beside the lakes and on the low fells of the Lake District, suitable for walkers of all abilities. Each route is illustrated with OS map extracts, and range from 7 to 17km in length, with no technical difficulties over terrain from wide constructed trails to narrow paths on open fell. Walkers who know the Lakes well may have missed some of the lower gems covered here from delightful wooded glades and sparkling tarns hidden in green folds on the hillside to tumultuous waterfalls and glacier-carved valleys towered over by craggy mountains, this guidebook aims to seek out the best lower level walks the Lake District have to offer.
Located across the whole of the Lake District, the walks are divided into five sections: South Lakes (Windermere, Coniston, Duddon and the south), Central Lakes (Ambleside, Langdale, Grasmere and Thirlmere), Western Valleys (Eskdale, Wasdale and the Buttermere area), North Lakes (Keswick, Borrowdale and Derwentwater) and Eastern Lakes (Ullswater and Patterdale).
Londoner by birth, but Cumbrian by choice, Vivienne Crow is an award-winning writer and photographer. Based near the Lake District, she has written more than a dozen guides to the national park and writes popular walking columns that appear in several north Cumbrian newspapers.
Introduction Geology Wildlife and habitats History Weather Where to stay Getting around Waymarking and access Maps Dogs Clothing, equipment and safety Using this guide SOUTH LAKES: WINDERMERE, CONISTON, DUDDON AND THE SOUTH Walk 1 Tarn Hows and the Monk Coniston estate Walk 2 Kelly Hall Tarn and Coniston Water Walk 3 Swinside Stone Circle Walk 4 Claife Heights, Windermere and Latterbarrow Walk 5 Hampsfell Walk 6 Seathwaite Tarn CENTRAL LAKES: AMBLESIDE, LANGDALE, GRASMERE AND THIRLMERE Walk 7 Elterwater, Little Langdale and the waterfalls Walk 8 Great Langdale Walk 9 Circuit of Loughrigg Fell Walk 10 Orrest Head and Wansfell Pike Walk 11 Grasmere and Rydal Water Walk 12 Easedale Tarn and Tarn Crag Walk 13 Thirlmere circuit WESTERN VALLEYS: ESKDALE, WASDALE AND BUTTERMERE AREA Walk 14 Stanley Ghyll Force and River Esk Walk 15 Upper Eskdale Walk 16 Hardknott Fort and Harter Fell Walk 17 Loweswater Corpse Road Walk 18 Buttermere Walk 19 Crummock Water and Rannerdale Knotts NORTHERN LAKE DISTRICT: KESWICK, BORROWDALE AND DERWENT WATER Walk 20 Walla Crag and Great Wood Walk 21 Derwentwater circuit Walk 22 A Borrowdale ramble Walk 23 Castlerigg Stone Circle and High Rigg Walk 24 Outerside and Barrow Walk 25 Wythop's Fells EAST LAKE DISTRICT: ULLSWATER AND PATTERDALE Walk 26 Grisedale and Lanty's Tarn Walk 27 Aira Force and Gowbarrow Walk 28 Steel Knotts and Hallin Fell Walk 29 Ullswater shore Walk 30 Ullswater and The Cockpit Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B Useful contacts