Tag Archives: Tarns

The Coniston High Fells – 6km Walk & Wild Swim

This was a 6 hour walk, taking in wonderful high views and 2 places for decent wild swims. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map as the waymaking around this area is some of the worst I’ve seen, anywhere in the world, ever. You start the walk at Coniston Hall Campsite itself. The view below is of The Old Man of Coniston, as…

Cow Bridge to Fairfield – 8km Walk and Swim Guide

This is a full day walk or run up to the Fairfield summit and then down again via Grisedale Valley, offering excellent views and the chance to swim in several places. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way (except for the last leg back along the road from Patterdale to Cow Bridge. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area), and its best to take that map; I think it might be frustrating to try to find your way without it. The distance may…

Blencathra – 14km Walk and Tarn Swim Guide

This is a full day walk or run up to the summit of Blencathra, offering excellent views and the chance to swim in Scales Tarn, the lake below the summit. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area), and its best to take that map; I think it might be frustrating to try to find your way without it. You can see Blencathra from the CCC campsite at Troutbeck. It dominates the horizon to the north, day or night. Heres the view from my tent.   Walking out of the campsite you turn left onto the…

Illgill Head – 12km Walk & Wild Swim

This is a 6 hour walk or run across the fell to the north of Eskdale, offering great views of Wastwater, some stone circles and the chance to swim. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map; I think it might be very frustrating to try to find your way without it. You start the walk at Eskdale Campsite…

Stanley Force – 7km Walk and Wild Swim

This was a 4 hour walk around the central area of the Eskdale valley, taking in one of the Lake District’s most beautiful waterfalls and 2 places for decent wild swims. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map. You start the walk at Eskdale Campsite itself. Walk down the road towards Brook House pub, take the left turn…

Sca Fell – 16km Walk and Wild Swim

This is a walk up England’s 2nd highest mountain, with 3 swims thrown in for fun. I’ve seen some fell runners jogging it though, so if you fancy a hilly run, it’s possible. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me, I think it would be very tough to find your way without it. The signage en route is non existant once you leave the Eskdale valley. First, here’s a short film that I made during the trek. I set off from…

Sca Fell Pike – 18km Walk and Wild Swim

This is a walk up England’s highest mountain, with 2 or 3 wild swims thrown in for fun. I’ve seen fell runners jogging it, so if you fancy a hilly run, it’s possible. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me, I think it would be very tough to find your way without it. The signage en route is non existant once you leave the Eskdale valley. First, here’s a short film that I made during the trek. I set off from…