Short Walks in Lakeland Book 1: South Lakeland

By Aileen Evans, Brian Evans

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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.



All year round.


Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, Hawkshead, Coniston, Broughton-in-Furness, Newby Bridge.


Fairly straightforward half- and full-day routes, mainly exploring valleys and less-known hills, but with a few peaks thrown in.
Must See

Must See

Crinkle Crags, Tilberthwaite, Kentmere and Longsleddale, Whitbarrow overlooking Morecambe Bay.
Out of Stock
1 Jan 1993
16 Dec 2011
17.2 x 11.6 x 2.0cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook of walks in the Lake District is the first in the Short Walks in Lakeland trilogy, which also covers walking routes in North Lakeland (Book 2) and West Lakeland (Book 3).

    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.
  • Contents


        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

        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

        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

        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

    Selected Bibliography

  • Maps

    OS Outdoor Leisure (1:25,000) Nos 6 & 7

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    February 2016

    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

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.

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Brian 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.

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