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A question that is often asked is…. “What are the best walks in the Lake District?” No two people will agree on this, but what we can agree is that English Lakeland Walks gives an amazing opportunity to sample the best of what is available, with guidance from a fellow-walker who has explored and learned to love the area for over 35 years. The routes I have chosen are all possible as side trips from the itineraries that will be followed by people booking the tours outlined in the englishlakelandwalks.com collection.
- The Old Man Of Coniston
The Old Man Of Coniston is one of the easier of the high peaks of the Lake District, but at 2634 feet still requires a reasonable level of fitness, the right equipment and ideally a fine day. The ascent from Coniston includes dramatic scenery, an area of spectacular industrial archaeology in the Coppermines Valley, and stunning views. Many of the valleys by which you approach the Old Man contain tarns (small lakes), including Low Water, which in spite of its name is the highest body of water in the Lake District to be referred to in its name as a “water”. The walk takes around 4 hours of continuous walking and is 6.5 miles in total. If you would like to know more about this walk click this link.
2. Visit the top of Castle Crag
As you walk down the side of Borrowdale on the final afternoon of the Heart of Lakeland, you will be aware of a proud little peak rising ahead of you. Your path goes through the saddle between it and the hillside to your left. Just beyond the high point of the saddle, where you begin the descent towards Derwentwater, a path leads rightwards across the hillside, through an area where slate quarrying has been carried out. It only takes 15 to 20 minutes to climb to the top of Castle Crag, where you feel you are acting as a sentry to guard access into the upper Borrowdale Valley. It is because of its position that a bronze age fort was built here over 2000 years ago. You MUST come back down the same way as you climbed up!
3. The Derwentwater Shoreline
Many people who enjoy our Heart of Lakeland tour finish walking when they reach the shore of Derwentwater, and take the Keswick Launch from either High Brandlehow or Lodore down the lake to Keswick. But those who have some energy left can be rewarded by walking on down the west shore of the lake, and delaying taking the launch until later. The scenery is outstanding, and the going easy, for the path stays mainly by the water’s edge (other than a shortcut across a peninsula) after Low Brandlehow. You can catch the launch at Hawes End or Nichol End Marine.
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