8:40am Friday 21st October 2016
TEN Lakeland Fells bear the name Dodd, which means is a compact rounded summit, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. This walk visits the highest three of them. Starting from an altitude of 1,350 feet, the main summit can be climbed in a couple of hours of moderate walking on grassy slopes. From there onwards, while not downhill all the way, the views become more spectacular and interesting, but care is needed in negotiating narrow paths around steep-sided valleys.
8:47am Friday 14th October 2016
THIS short walk from The Plough at Lupton and along hilly footpaths and tracks provides commanding panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. Enjoy strolling through peaceful pastures, but don’t be put off by the sound of gunfire - it’s only clay shooting.
8:41am Friday 7th October 2016
THIS is a varied walk combining woodlands, part of the Lancashire Coastal Path and Leighton Moss nature reserve, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. Good paths and quiet roads make it suitable for any time of year, whatever the weather.
7:48pm Friday 30th September 2016
THIS short but hard walk climbs high above Buttermere to visit Bleaberry Tarn and Red Pike, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. It then descends to the spectacular Scale Force, which is highest waterfall in the Lake District, and returns to Buttermere above Crummock Water. Although fairly short in distance, this popular route requires a lot of energy, plus careful navigation at times, but the effort is rewarded by special natural features and splendid scenery.
8:05am Friday 23rd September 2016
Windermere to Waterhead via Holehird
8:10am Friday 16th September 2016
THIS is a pleasant and easy linear walk that goes along Smardale nature reserve, visits the pretty villages of Soulby and Great Musgrave and passes Brough Castle, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. The walk offers a wide variety of interests. Do this walk on a Monday and ride on a 1991 Leyland Olympian bus; otherwise you will have to arrange your own return transport. The once a week 571 Cumbria Classic Coach service leaves Brough clock at 10.05am.
7:21am Friday 9th September 2016
THE stark limestone plateau of Great Asby Scar, while still in Cumbria, is now part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. Within this special landscape are field systems that have changed little since ‘commoners’ derived a living from the common land before the start of enclosures by wealthy landowners. The views are exceptional and the scenery varies from wide-open spaces to enclosed pastures.
7:54am Friday 2nd September 2016
BASSENTHWAITE village has many characteristics that typify an English village, including a green, an inn, a school, a church and a stream running through it, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. It’s a good base for exploring the area north of Skiddaw where the fells are much quieter and greener than the popular stony massif. With place names like Little Cockup, Great Cockup and Trusmadoor, this is a walk you are unlikely to forget. Start from Bassenthwaite village (map reference NY 230 322, postcode CA12 4QR).
9:51am Friday 26th August 2016
This leisurely walk starts from Crooklands Hotel (map reference SD 535 836, postcode LA7 7NW) and goes alongside Peasey Beck to Endmoor, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. A short steep climb is rewarded by good views to the north. The walk continues through green meadows to the peaceful village of Stainton then returns to Crooklands along the Lancaster canal towpath.
7:48am Friday 19th August 2016
THIS moderately hard fell walk offers great views in all directions from the top of Place Fell. The return along the side of beautiful Ullswater captures the splendour of the Lake District’s second largest lake, with the opportunity of two refreshment stops along the way.
8:08am Friday 12th August 2016
High Light Haw from Colton
7:43am Friday 5th August 2016
THE low fells on the south west side of Coniston water offer a great opportunity to hop from one hilltop to another, each with its own splendid view and character, using only a moderate amount of exertion, writes John Edmondson. These fells are unfrequented by walkers and the grassy paths surrounded by bracken are comfortable under foot. This is the best area to observe the size and shape of the high southern fells and the full length of Coniston Water.