Just beyond the Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam railway, continue along the A590. Look for a sign to the right indicating Grizedale.

At the junction stands a Second World War pillbox. Follow the twisting and narrow minor road towards Satterthwaite and Grizedale visitors centre. Before reaching Satterthwaite follow the sign to Force Mills where there is a car park on the left.

Map ref: OL7 Windermere, Kendal and Silverdale.

Grid ref: 339 906.

Length of walk: 5 miles

There are no refreshments on the route, but there is an excellent cafe at the visitors centre at Grizedale. There are plenty of places to picnic along the circular route.

Here can be seen a delightful mix of waterfalls and woodland. There are a few steep gradients to overcome but the walk is not strenuous.

Route 1 From the car park find a footpath on the left hand corner. Follow the signs indicating Force Falls. This is an easy to follow walk providing you follow the signs as indicated. The whole of this area is a vast forest with lots of trails running around it. These are colour coded and so you need to follow the route indicated. Force Falls is reached via a white and green banded marker post. Turn left and descend towards the falls which you can hear before you see them. The woodland here is dominated by birch. This indicates that birch was once grown specifically to provide timber for local iron foundries and bobbins for the cotton industry.

2 As you approach a very minor road, cross this and here you will find the falls revealed at their best, especially after rain. Cumbria has not been short of this in recent years!

I enjoyed this walk in the late summer of 2010 and spent hours watching a family of fox cubs at play. Look out for what is left of Force Forge and this was booming during the 17th and early 18th centuries. The power of the beck provided power for the iron smelt works.

Follow the wall marked posts and climb gently through a deciduous woodland to reach the road once more. Cross the road and follow a footpath to the right and through yet more trees to approach Bowkerstead Farm. The origin of this name is of great interest. Stripping the bark from trees was called bowking and those who did this were called bowker; stead simply means a settlement.

3 Follow the obvious track to reach the village of Satterthwaite. This has been one of my favourite walks and one of my resting places was in the cottage lived in by Betty Kirkland. Betty worked in the Grizedale Forest during the war. She was part of the Timber Corps. Despite her small size, Betty could fell trees and use an axe. When well into her 90s Betty still used a huge axe to chop wood for her fire; she always delighted in telling me that Salterthwaite had changed very little since the 1930s and gave me an old photograph to prove it. Satterthwaite is old Norse and means a woodland clearing. At All Saints Church turn right and then turn right along a marked path. Ascend through a coniferous forest which is a real contrast to the mainly deciduous woodland enjoyed earlier in the walk. This time follow the blue markers and then blue and red signs. Cross over the little watercourse twice and negotiate a couple of stiles but then bare left.

4 Follow the forest trail and approach a watercourse. Turn right here into the area known as the Great Wood.

5 Care needs to be taken here. Climb through yet more conifers but be sure to follow the blue and red banded post. Once again this was once an important industrial area. These days we tend to think that we have always focused on tourism. Before the Industrial Revolution became town based, the countryside was the focus of industry. The pits were built on sloping ground to produce ash. This was then added to mutton fat to make a very rough quality soap. Continue to follow the twisting track but follow the red and blue banded posts. Then follow the single blue banded path. At the forest road, bare sharp right. This time follow green banded trail posts. In this area there are lots of large tree sculptures. As a naturist I prefer to see living natural trees, rather than contrived beauty if it can be so described.

6 Beyond Middle Dale Park and Low Dale Park, follow the obvious trail back to the starting point.

NB: Restrictions on space mean that this article provides a general summary of the route. It is advisable for anyone who plans to follow the walk to take a copy of the relevant Ordnance Survey map.