8:33am Friday 24th March 2017
THE ancient North Yorkshire village of Bainbridge, with its wide-open green containing ancient punishment stocks, shady trees, a pub and a tearoom makes an excellent base for walking, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. Stroll along the River Bain, one of England’s shortest rivers, to the legendary lake of Semerwater and march down a ruler-straight Roman highway.
8:10am Friday 10th March 2017
AT AN ALTITUDE of 1,194 feet, Troutbeck Tongue is a modest Wainwright fell and a worthwhile destination for a short walk, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. This route avoids a long trek over the boggy northern section but includes a stroll past pretty waterfalls and an attractive packhorse bridge. An option to omit climbing the Tongue offers a fairly flat 4.2-mile circuit that is also a good route for runners.
8:17am Friday 3rd March 2017
THIS walk from Kirkby Stephen samples part of the coast-to-coast path to visit the breezy Smardale Fell, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. Enjoy great views of distant fells and of railways routes, walk along the delightful Smardale gill and return via a pastoral route through the hamlet of Waitby. For the less energetic, the walk can easily be shortened by 2.5 miles.
8:13am Friday 17th February 2017
THIS short walk explores woodlands near Winster and tours Barkbooth Lot, a Cumbria Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. It starts from three miles south of Bowness on Windermere and half a mile south of the Brown Horse Inn at Winster. The return route is a peaceful meander through Lambhowe Plantation.
8:07am Friday 10th February 2017
HIGH Rigg is one of the lowest of the Wainwright Fells, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. Alfred Wainwright described the ridge traverse as "a splendid little expedition admirably suited to old and rickety fellwalkers long past their best." This linear walk also includes the option of visiting Great How: an even lower, yet worthy fell offering a better view along the length of Thirlmere Reservoir than any of its higher neighbours. Use the 555 bus service for the return journey or better still to get to the start as well.
8:09am Friday 3rd February 2017
THIS is a short easy walk from near Brettagh Holt roundabout, along the road to Sizergh Castle, writes JOHN EDMONDSON. The start is easy to reach either by car or bus. The walk goes through Levens village, passes Levens Hall, with a delightful stroll through a deer park, then along a canal towpath (although the canal is no longer here) near Sedgwick.
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.