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.
8:30am Friday 15th July 2016
THIS is a varied walk circling Barbon Low Fell along lanes, fell paths and valleys, writes John Edmondson. It goes from Barbon village, three miles north of Kirkby Lonsdale, which has a charming shop, country pub and impressive church. The walk starts nearby the highly rated Churchmouse village store, which is a cafe and delicatessen rolled in to one.
8:30am Friday 8th July 2016
A DRIVE to St Anthony’s Church at Cartmel Fell along the tiny lanes is like finding hidden treasure among woodlands, writes John Edmondson. Once found, it’s a delightful spot to visit and to take a short walk over the adjacent fell. This gently climbing walk visits a peaceful tarn and offers good views over the Winster valley. It makes for a fine summer evening stroll.
8:12am Friday 1st July 2016
Take an hour’s drive from Kendal to Malham village and visit five magnificent wonders in the Yorkshire Dales, writes John Edmondson. This walk includes a dramatic gorge, huge cliffs, a high level lake, a fairy queen’s home, Harry Potter’s campsite and perhaps a glimpse of peregrine falcons.