8:22am Friday 20th January 2017
WITHERSLACK, which means hollow (or gill) in the wood in old Norse, is an excellent place to go for a walk, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. It’s easy to get to via the A590 and has the added attractions of a pub and a community shop. As well as exploring quiet woodlands this route also visits two lovely viewpoints and a nature reserve.
9:50am Thursday 19th January 2017
VISIT a High Street with no shops, a racecourse with no horses and the home of the last eagle in England, writes JOHN EDMONDSON.
8:25am Friday 13th January 2017
TAKE a short bus ride from Kirkby Lonsdale to Cowan Bridge and enjoy a beckside walk followed by an easy ascent to limestone fells, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. Descend to follow another pleasant beckside path through the pretty village of Barbon and along field paths to Casterton Hall and Kirkby Lonsdale.
7:58am Friday 30th December 2016
THIS is a fairly easy walk from Coniston to Torver using a former railway path followed by a visit to the quiet fells of Torver Low Common and its tarn, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. The return route follows the Cumbria Way along the shores of Coniston Water.
7:46am Saturday 24th December 2016
1 From the layby walk south down the A592 and bear right up Townhead Brow into Troutbeck, past the Mortal Man inn then down a dip. Turn right onto Nanny Lane bridleway signed Wansfell. Walk up the walled lane continuing through a gate to a point where the track bends right. At this point you could join the masses on Wansfell Pike by going through the gate signed Wansfell then at its summit turn sharp right to follow the wall-side path to Baystones. To circumvent the pike continue along the walled track across The Hundreds, once three divisions of common grazing land. Just before a gate go over a ladder stile on the left and follow the path on the other side of the wall. The path bends left then heads to a summit with breathtaking views over Rydal Water and the fells beyond. Keep to the right, descend to a gateway, then follow the path up to Baystones, also known as Wansfell and 16 feet higher than Wansfell Pike.
8:09am Friday 16th December 2016
This is a beautiful walk visiting two attractive tarns, an easily climbed fell and several historic quarries, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. Learn some interesting facts about the place and people connected with the area: such as Harry Guards, Hodge Close, Charles Blondin, John Bond, the Rave Cave and Miss Potter.
8:05am Friday 9th December 2016
THIS walk starts from Spark Bridge (map reference SD 305 848), writes JOHN EDMONDSON.
8:03am Friday 2nd December 2016
ENJOY picturesque views from Claife (or Thomas West’s) station - built in 1799 and recently restored - then climb above the woods for more distant views of Windermere and the Lakeland Fells, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. Continue to the summit of Latterbarrow or just return along a delightful track passing tarns that were loved by Beatrix Potter.
9:00am Friday 25th November 2016
GUMMERS How, the highest point in the Cartmel area, is a popular and satisfying walk destination for all ages. It offers amazing views of Windermere for a modest amount of effort. Most people go from the nearby car park, walk up the hill and come back the same way: it’s only about a mile and a half walk and hardly needs directions. This walk offers the same reward with an added benefit of being a linear route. For the opposite journey use the Monday to Saturday bus from opposite the Beech Hill Hotel to Fell Foot. Park at the Lake District National Park car park at Beech Hill (map reference SD 388 920, postcode LA23 3LR) and use the 11.20am bus before the walk. Alternatively, park at the free Gummers How car park (map reference SD 390 877) and return on the 1.50pm bus.
8:26am Friday 18th November 2016
THIS is a hard walk involving some easy scrambling and is rewarded by commanding views over Coniston Water to the east and Dunnerdale to the west, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. Catch the X12 bus at 9.30am (Monday-Saturday) from Coniston to Torver and walk back to Coniston across five high fells. For a less strenuous walk, after climbing White Maiden the route can be shortened by descending to Coniston via the Walna Scar Road.
8:17am Friday 11th November 2016
THE former fishing port of Arnside is an unspoilt holiday resort with stunning views across Morecambe Bay, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. It’s a great place for a short walk, especially on a sunny evening when could see an amazing sunset. A fairly easy climb up to the 520-feet high wooded hill of Arnside Knott is rewarded by even better views. This small but distinctive Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) spans the county boundaries of Cumbria and Lancashire.
8:16am Friday 4th November 2016
THIS is a straightforward linear walk from Settle to Gargrave following the Pennine Bridleway via Nappa Cross to Malham (a good place to stop for lunch), then the Pennine Way to Gargrave, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. The Monday to Saturday bus service (number 580) can be used before the start or at the end of the walk, but note that the last one leaves Gargrave at 17:59. For an alternative circular walk, do the ‘Settle Loop’ and return to Settle from Nappa Cross by continuing along the Pennine Bridleway.