This walk takes you through woodland, across open slopes beside the River Rothay, and gives a glimpse of the tranquil waters of Grasmere

9:40am Friday 11th April 2014

This walk starts from Rydal church, St Mary’s, where it is always a delight to view the lovely east window.

A valley horseshoe: Calf Crag via Greenburn and Far Easedale

8:10am Saturday 5th April 2014

Popular horseshoe routes tend to follow fell ridges and maximise the walker’s elevation.

A walk from the car park with the best view in the Lake District

8:30am Saturday 29th March 2014

The circular walk around Tarn Hows is very popular and for very good reasons.

Five mile walk around one of the most tranquil spots of the River Kent

10:10am Saturday 22nd March 2014

A pleasant stroll combining splendid views and what I think is the prettiest and most peaceful stretch of the River Kent.

This walk from Claife Heights goes through naturally wooded upland and large forested area

8:40am Saturday 15th March 2014

Claife Heights lies between Windermere and Esthwaite Water.

This walk captures some of the best views in the area

7:40am Saturday 8th March 2014

Loughrigg Fell is one of the most popular destinations for walkers near Grasmere and Ambleside.

Kentmere walk offers great views and chance to step back in time

9:10am Saturday 8th February 2014

This is a fairly easy walk from Ings to Kentmere Hall and back along the Kentmere Valley.

If the sun is shining the sheer crags live up to their name of White Scar

8:40am Saturday 1st February 2014

Whitbarrow always lifts my spirits when returning along the A590 after a spell ‘down south.’

Top o' Selside is for experienced walkers using a compass

7:40am Saturday 25th January 2014

This is a high level linear walk on the east side of Coniston water. Much of the route is open fell walking following a magnetic bearing so remember to take a compass. The X12 bus service provides a convenient way to get to the start from Coniston but note that this service does not run on Sundays. A highlight of the walk is exactly what it’s called - High Light Haw - offering splendid surprise views of the south end of Coniston water and fells to the west and of Morecambe Bay to the south. It’s a good place to stop for a lunch break. Arthur Ransome fanatics can delight in spotting locations that inspired the writing of his Swallows and Amazons books. The walk later enters the fringes of Grizedale Forest and descends to emerge at Lawson Park. Views of the lake from below Crag Head in the early evening sunlight provides a spectacular place for a later stop with the option of making a short excursion to the top of Crag Head.

A walk around Derwentwater fringed by woodland and dramatic fells

10:10am Saturday 18th January 2014

This is a lovely walk and one in which you might keep your boots fairly dry.

Walk to Gurnal Dubs and Potter Tarn

6:10pm Tuesday 31st December 2013

From the cross roads in the centre of Burneside take the road (New Street) going north east to Skelsmergh

Walk from Ravenglass

12:20pm Monday 30th December 2013

Enjoy this delightful small village on the Cumbrian coast.

A Christmas walk to burn off the extra calories consumed during the festive break

9:20am Friday 20th December 2013

This walk around High and Low Dam is one of the gems of the Lake District.

Watched over by the sweeping limestone of Warton Crag

8:20am Saturday 14th December 2013

Did the ancestors of two of the world’s most famous leaders have connections with the village of Warton, near Silverdale?

Try this fine walk developed between the villagers of Storth and the Landscape Trust

6:10pm Friday 6th December 2013

A Geotrail takes you through pleasing countryside, helping you to understand and enjoy its geological secrets.

Oxen Park walk is surrounded by contrasting colours of bracken, flowering gorse and Scots Pine

9:10am Friday 22nd November 2013

Enjoy strolling the walled tracks on this walk.

Around Ambleside's Stock Ghyll Force

5:20pm Friday 15th November 2013

I did this walk on a cool autumnal morning in October 10, 2013 and I did it because of a postcard which I had been given.

A quiet walk through Grizedale

8:00am Friday 8th November 2013

We planned this walk in Grizedale Forest to get some shelter from the rain and the wind.

Around Kirkby Lonsdale and 'the best view in England'

6:10pm Friday 1st November 2013

I recently met up with an old school friend for lunch in Kirkby Lonsdale.

An autumn walk in Ennerdale

8:00am Friday 25th October 2013

From the start of this walk there are spectacular views of the mountains that shelter the head of the lake.

A lovely walk around Arnside Knott

7:40am Friday 18th October 2013

Arnside Knott which stands 521 feet (159 metres) above the estuary of the River Kent and on the Cumbria-Lancashire border is now ably looked after by the National Trust.

Enjoy a delightful stroll around the pleasant pastures of Sedgwick

5:10pm Friday 11th October 2013

This walk enables you to enjoy the quiet pastures and small hamlets around Sedgwick.

Heysham is one of the most unspoilt villages in the whole of England

8:10am Saturday 5th October 2013

As A pupil of Ulverston Grammar School in September 1953 I remember meeting up with a friend in Kendal and we set off by train to Heysham.

New lease of life for Coniston's old rail route

7:40am Saturday 28th September 2013

What a delight to stroll from Torver along the new reinforced track.

Smart new way to explore the Lakes with our Bike & Hike webpage

The Westmorland Gazette: Bike & hike

4:33pm Thursday 5th September 2013

DO YOU go cycling or hiking in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales or north Lancashire? Then visit our new Bike & Hike web page to follow our routes – and submit your own!

The estuary at Ravenglass is a wonderful place to study birdlife especially wading birds

2:20pm Friday 23rd August 2013

Ravenglass was once a port dating back to Roman times and on the outskirts of the village is one of the finest bath houses to be found in the north of England.

Following in the footsteps of Coniston's quarrymen

8:00am Friday 16th August 2013

The aim of this pleasing and dramatic walk is to climb, easily, The Bell.

Following in the footsteps of Mary, the Beauty of Buttermere

8:00am Friday 9th August 2013

I have done this gentle walk many times but in my recent mail there was a collection of drawings of Mary, the Beauty of Buttermere who was the daughter of the landlord of the Fish Inn.

A walk for a hot day at Broughton

8:00am Saturday 3rd August 2013

All the muddy footpaths and tracks have become dry and dusty, after this wonderful, welcome heat wave.

A walk to Ease Gill and Casterton Fell

9:10am Friday 19th July 2013

This fascinating walk takes you into remote limestone country.

A charming walk along River Irt from Santon Bridge

8:20am Friday 5th July 2013

The delightful River Irt leaves the foot of Wastwater and meanders through pastures and woodland.

Seathwaite is a grand spot

8:20am Saturday 29th June 2013

Way back in the late 1940s an old shepherd once said to me “Nah then lad - if thet wants to see watter proper thee go to Seathwaite.”

A walk to Eskdale Needle - challenging but well worth it

8:00am Saturday 22nd June 2013

This walk starts from the Roman fort, Hardknott Castle, and crosses grassy slopes to reach Eskdale Needle, a dramatic 50-feet rock formation.

A stroll around Caldbeck

8:20am Sunday 16th June 2013

Do I ‘ken’ John Peel?

Super views from summit of Sheffield Pike

8:00am Saturday 8th June 2013

Between the valleys of Glencoyne and Glenridding stands Sheffield Pike.

Aira Force is a great place for a stroll - the path is always obvious and easy to follow

10:00am Friday 31st May 2013

A note of caution: the route up to and around the waterfalls is steep but well worth the effort.

Coniston's Coppermines Valley is quiet these days except for the tumbling becks

10:10am Friday 24th May 2013

Once the Coppermines Valley would have been the scene of much activity and full of noise.

Peace and quiet at Bowscale Tarn

9:10am Saturday 18th May 2013

This is the time of the year when walking in Cumbria is at its best.

Splendid views from Low Rigg

9:00am Saturday 11th May 2013

Low Rigg, the lowly fell north of High Rigg, is not a Wainwright and, of course, does not feature in his Outlying Fells.

Torver Commons and along the side of Coniston Water

8:00am Friday 26th April 2013

This is a glorious walk first over the National Park’s Torver Commons, then along the side of Coniston Water.

A walk from Ulverston to Knottallow Tarn

1:00pm Friday 12th April 2013

This walk starts from the beginning of the Cumbria Way.

Look ahead to see the magnificent Sourmilk Gill waterfall

8:30am Saturday 30th March 2013

This walk from Grasmere takes you into Far Easedale.

A walk from Flookburgh

8:10am Friday 15th March 2013

Roads from Flookburgh’s square lead to the shore.

In Search of Richard III at Middleham

9:10am Saturday 9th March 2013

I usually plan my walks well in advance, but very occasionally something turns up that I cannot resist.

A walk from Torver

6:00pm Friday 1st March 2013

This is a great walk, which keeps below the snow line, at present, and gives you wonderful views of many of the higher and distant fells under deep snow.

A walk from Ulverston's Dragley Beck

8:10am Friday 15th February 2013

Leave your vehicle in the Lakes Leisure swimming pool car park at Dragley Beck, Ulverston, grid ref 293775. If full, or there are several cars in the walking group, park tidily in West End Lane beside the centre.

A walk around the head of Thirlmere

8:50am Friday 18th January 2013

THIS walk is full of interest.

Around Harrop Tarn

8:10am Friday 11th January 2013

WALKING in the Lakes in winter is a mixed blessing.

For your first walk of 2013 try a stroll along part of the Cumbria Coastal Way

11:10am Sunday 30th December 2012

This has been a difficult late autumn to find walks where the footpaths and pastures are not flooded or impassable because of deep mud.

A walk from Tilberthwaite into Little Langdale

8:30am Saturday 22nd December 2012

This Christmas walk is mainly on tracks with one footpath through woodland.



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