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Tour of the Lake District - A Walker's Cicerone guidebook

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3 Oct 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
1st Published
15 Mar 2007
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Tour of the Lake District

by Jim Reid
Book published by Cicerone Press

A guidebook to walking a scenic, seven-day circular 93 mile route from Windermere around England's Lake District. The tour gives a flavour of the main Lakeland valleys, visiting Ambleside, Elterwater, Coniston, Eskdale, Wasdale, Black Sail, Buttermere, Keswick, Rosthwaite, Grasmere and Patterdale. With high-level alternatives.

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Designed as a scenic tour of the Lake District, this seven day circular route (93 miles) is primarily one of valleys and passes, rather than a tick list of peaks attained. The route starts at the railway terminus at Windermere village. Quickly leaving the crowds behind, it passes through Ambleside, the Langdale valley, Coniston, Dunnerdale, Eskdale, Wasdale, Ennerdale, Buttermere, Newlands Valley, Keswick, Borrowdale, Grasmere then Ullswater, before returning back to Windermere via the Troutbeck valley.

With a flavour of each of the main Lakeland valleys, and time to stop and wonder at their charms, the walk described in this book leads quickly away from the busy tourist centres to the quiet pleasures of the fell country. The shepherds and drovers chose their paths well, logical links from one valley to the next, and many of these ancient ways have been chosen for this walk. All footpaths and bridleways used are on established rights of way.

  • Full route description with OS maps
  • High level alternatives given, including options for Coniston Old Man, Scafell Pike and Helvellyn.
  • Nine short walks from the overnight stops
  • Information on accommodation, facilities and transport for each day stage

  • Seasons
    April to end of October recommended. The main centres are busy during school holidays, so avoid if possible.
  • Centres
    Windermere, Ambleside, Elterwater, Coniston, Eskdale, Wasdale, Buttermere, Keswick, Rosthwaite, Grasmere, Patterdale
  • Difficulty
    Seven-day, 93 mile walk. Visits valleys rather than peaks. Well within the capabilities of the averagely fit walker.
  • Must See
    The landscape, escaping the crowds, traditional events (sheep dog trials, local shows), peak-bagging, local speciality foods, literary heritage walks


July 2007

The photo on p206 is incorrectly captioned as Rosthwaite bridge. It should be Grange in Borrowdale bridge.


The Lake District landscape
About the Tour
When to go
Food and supplies
Money and costs
What to take
Navigation and outdoor safety
Habitats and wildlife in the Lake District
How to use this guide
Glossary and abbreviations
Part 1 – The Tour
Stage 1 Windermere to Ambleside
Stage 2 Ambleside to Elterwater
Stage 3 Elterwater to Coniston
Stage 4 Coniston to Eskdale
Stage 5 Eskdale to Wasdale
Stage 6 Wasdale to Black Sail
Stage 7 Black Sail to Buttermere
Stage 8 Buttermere to Keswick
Stage 9 Keswick to Rosthwaite
Stage 10 Rosthwaite to Grasmere
Stage 11 Grasmere to Patterdale
Stage 12 Patterdale to Windermere
Part 2 – High-level alternative routes
1 Coniston to Eskdale via the Old Man and Hardknott
2 Eskdale to Wasdale Head via Scafell Pike
3 Wasdale Head to Black Sail or Buttermere via Great Gable
4 Grasmere to Patterdale via Helvellyn
5 Patterdale to Windermere via High Street
Part 3 – Short walks
1 Beatrix Potter's Hill Top and Claife Heights from the Windermere ferry
2 Stock Ghyll, Scandale and High Sweden Bridge from Ambleside
3 Elterwater – A riverside walk between two pubs
4 Lake Coniston and Brantwood
5 Muncaster Fell and Ravenglass from the Eskdale railway
6 Scale force and Crummock from Buttermere village
7 The Borrowdale Yews from Rosthwaite
8 Wordsworth's Grasmere and Rydal via Loughrigg Terrace
9 Howtown and Ullswater from Glenridding
Appendix 1 Useful contacts
Appendix 2 Tourist Information Centres
Appendix 3 Transport information
Appendix 4 Selected bibliography
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