Guidebook to 60 half to full-day walks in the south Lake District. Walking areas include Rydal, Grasmere, Langdale, Little Langdale, Coniston, Torver and the south, Grizedale, Satterthwaite, the Rusland Valley, Winster Valley, Troutbeck, Kentmere, Longsleddale and across to Tebay. Part of a three-volume series, focusing on short, low-level walks.
SeasonsAll year round.
CentresKendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, Hawkshead, Coniston, Broughton-in-Furness, Newby Bridge.
DifficultyFairly straightforward half- and full-day routes, mainly exploring valleys and less-known hills, but with a few peaks thrown in.
Must SeeCrinkle Crags, Tilberthwaite, Kentmere and Longsleddale, Whitbarrow overlooking Morecambe Bay.
60 short walks are described, generally between 4 and 9 miles, enough to pleasantly fill a good half-day, and ideal for day visitors or family walkers. Some longer walks could be split, others combined. It is not a high fell walking guide, although several popular summits are included. Priority is given to the lower fells and dales, which are as rewarding as their higher brethren. The combination of detailed description and clear, easy-to-follow maps and evocative sketches makes this book ideal for anyone who wants to explore Lakeland.
This guidebook divides the South Lake District into four regions:
- the Central Fells
- the area around Coniston Water and Windermere
- the Eastern Fells and Dales
- the Limestone Fringe.
CHAPTER 1: THE CENTRAL FELLS
Walk 1: Helm Crag and Greenburn
Walk 2: Easdale tarn, Codale Tarn and Tarn Crag
Walk 3: Silver How
Walk 4: Alcock Tarn and Grasmere
Walk 5: Around Rydal Water
Walk 6: Loughrigg
Walk 7: Elterwater, Little Langdale and Great Langdale
Walk 8: Langdale - Blea Rigg and Stickle Tarn
Walk 9: The Langdale Pikes
Walk 10: Little Langdale, Lingmoor Fell and Blea Tarn
Walk 11: Crinkle Crags and Cold Pike from Wrynose Pass
Walk 12: Greenburn Copper Mines, Rough Crags and Wrynose Pass
Walk 13: Tilberthwaite Round
Walk 14: Holme Fell, Hodge Close and The Cathedral
Walk 15: Old Tracks on the Yewdale Fells
Walk 16: Coniston Coppermines Valley, Levers Water and The Goose Bield
Walk 17: Coniston Old Man and Goat’s Water
Walk 18: Tarn Hows from Coniston
Walk 19: Tarn Hows, Black Crag and Holme Fell
Walk 20: Walna Scar and Brown Pike from Torver
Walk 21: The Lickle Valley and the White Maiden
Walk 22: Stickle Pike and Caw
CHAPTER 2: AROUND CONISTON WATER AND WINDERMERE
Walk 23: The Woodland Valley from Broughton-in-Furness
Walk 24: Blawith Knott, Tottlebank Height and Great Burney
Walk 25: The Furness Fells Horseshoe - Pool Scar, Yew Bank and The Beacon
Walk 26: Beacon Tarn and The Beacon from Blawith Common
Walk 27: Torver Back Common, Coniston Water West Shore and Coniston Hall
Walk 28: Coniston East - Top o' Selside and Bethecar Moor
Walk 29: Coniston East - Parkamoor to Brantwood (Gondola Walk)
Walk 30: The Grizedale Forest
Walk 30A: Carron Crag
Walk 30B: Sculpture Walk from Bogle Crag
Walk 31: Around the Dale Park Valley
Walk 32: Latterbarrow, Blelham Tarn and Windermere Shore
Walk 33: Claife Heights
Walk 34: Windermere - Lakeside to Bowness (return by steamer)
Walk 35: Finsthwaite Tower and High Darn
Walk 36: Leven and Rusland
Walk 37: Bigland Barrow and the Tarns Beyond
Walk 38: Raven’s Barrow and the Five Tarns
Walk 39: Gummer’s How
Walk 40: The Winster Valley and Rosthwaite Heights
Walk 41: Lord’s Lot
CHAPTER 3: THE EASTERN FELLS AND DALES
Walk 42: Troutbeck Valley - A Walk Round Troutbeck Tongue
Walk 43: Kentmere and Hollow Moor
Walk 44: Upper Kentmere and The Ullstone
Walk 45: Upper Longsleddale (Wren Gill Quarries) and Kentmere Pike
Walk 46: Longsleddale, Skeggles Water and Brunt Knott
Walk 47: The Drove Road Section 1: Longsleddale to Kentmere
Walk 48: The Drove Road Section 2: Kentmere to Troutbeck
Walk 49: The Drove Road Section 3: Troutbeck to Ambleside (Wansfell)
Walk 50: The River Kent and Tarns of Potter Fell
Walk 51: Low Borrowdale and The Lune
CHAPTER 4: THE LIMESTONE FRINGE
Walk 52: Cunswick Scar and Scout Scar
Walk 53: Brigsteer Woods and Scout Scar
Walk 54: Whitbarrow North - the Circuit of Township Allotment
Walk 55: Whitbarrow East and the Lord’s Seat
Walk 56: Whitbarrow West (Lord’s Seat) and Witherslack
Walk 57: Yewbarrow and Beck Head
Walk 58: Hampsfell
Walk 59: Humphrey Head
Walk 60: Cartmel and the Ellerside Ridge
OS Outdoor Leisure (1:25,000) Nos 6 & 7
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Walk 59 Humphrey Head
The channel has recently moved closer to the west side of the crag and the conditions are more serious. There is now quicksand right at the foot of the crag and so the Low Tide Route along the west side of the crag should no longer be taken.
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Aileen Evans has spent all her life enjoying climbing, walking and travel. She is author or co-author of several Cicerone guides, mainly to the Lake District, where she and her husband Brian have spent many years walking and climbing.View Articles and Books by Aileen Evans
Brian Evans, one of the UK's leading climbers in the 1960s and 70s, has brought his wealth of mountain experience to this guide. He and his wife are well-known figures in the outdoor community and have provided walkers with a number of exceptional guides to exploring the countryside, particularly the English Lakes, on foot. Brian is a member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild. Brian was a founder of Cicerone Press and is the authority on scrambling in the Lake District.View Guidebooks by Brian Evans
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