Tag Archives: Walks

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…

Aira Force – 6km Walk and Wild Swim

This walk will take in the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, plus the immediate areas worth seeing first surrounding it.  The whole area is owned by the National Trust and it’s a scenic wonder, and great for photography and wild swimming. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area), and its best to take that map I think. First, here’s a short film I made at Aira Force, to give you a taste of the surroundings. You start the walk at the free car park just…

By boat to Howtown & foot to Glenridding – 10km Walk

This is a lovely route, travelling north along Ullswater by steam boat, and back over the fells to Glenridding by foot. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area) to guide me. The path is well trodden and easily found in most places, you probably don’t need the map, especially if you download the free route guides that you can find on the Ullswater Steamers website (details below). First, here’s a short film that I made during the steam boat ride and trek. Secondly, Ullswater Steamers, who operate the steam boats on…

River Esk and Muncaster Castle – 9km Walk Guide

This was a 4 hour walk around the village of Ravenglass. It would be a nice walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead a great part of the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map, as the route isn’t always clear. You start the walk at Ravenglass Campsite itself. Walk along a footpath that leads into woods opposite the campsite for 5 minutes, to the village of Ravenglass itself and then along it’s small high street. At the end of the street…

Drigg Dunes and Beach – 11km Walk & Film

This is a walk along the Drigg Dune system, which is near Ravenglass, as wild a piece of dunes and beach as you’ll find in England I think. There are also opportunities for good sea swimming. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me to the start point, a car park near the sea, but once on the dunes and beach, there’s no need for a map. First, here’s a short film that I made during the trek. I set off from the Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning…

Steam Train to Eskdale & back – 12km Walk, Wild Swim & Film

This is a lovely route, travelling up into the Eskdale Valley from the coast by steam train, and back over the fells by foot. 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. First, here’s a short film that I made during the train ride and trek. I set off from the Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning Club campsite where I was staying for a week and headed down the footpath to the village train…

The Mosedale Horseshoe – 17km Walk & Wild Swim

This is a circular route, and some would say one of the very best in the Lake District. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me, it only shows the start and finish points of the walk but once you’re up there, the route is very clear. First, here’s a short film that I made during the trek. I set off from the Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning Club campsite where I was staying for a week and drove to Wastwater, and the free car park at Overbeck…

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…

Great Dodds to Helvelyn – 18km Walk, Swim & Film

This is a full day walk or run up to the summit ridge that links the Dodds peaks and Helvelyn, and then down again to Thirlmere reservoir, 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. 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. First of all, here is a short film…

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…