This guidebook contains 57 short half to full-day walks in the northern Lake District. Walking areas include Borrowdale, Newlands, Bassenthwaite, Thirlmere, Ullswater, Haweswater and the area north of Keswick up to Caldbeck. Part of a three-volume series, and predominantly focusing on low-level walks between 2 to 9 miles, and graded for difficulty.
SeasonsYear round walking but be prepared for winter conditions.
CentresKeswick is the main town, also Penrith further east. Numerous villages and facilities such as Rosthwaite, Braithwaite, Glenridding, Pooley Bridge, Shap, Caldbeck and Hesket Newmarket.
DifficultyFairly straightforward half- and full-day routes, mainly exploring valleys and lesser-known hills, but with a few peaks thrown in.
Must SeeLakeside routes, valley and beck routes, viewpoints, smaller peaks, tarns, some of the very best of the north Lakes.
The guide comprises 57 walks generally between 4 and 8 miles, enough to fill a good half-day or leisurely full day, and ideal for day visitors or family walkers. It is not a high fell walking guide, although many worthwhile summits are included. Priority is given to the lower fells and dales, which are as rewarding as their high brethren. Some of the walks are classic and well used. Others seek out lonely miners' tracks or medieval hollow ways which are still green and a joy to walk. Interesting features are pointed out along the way, whilst the specially drawn maps include relevant walk details. The combination of detailed description and clear, easy-to-follow maps and evocative sketches makes this book ideal for anyone who wants to explore the Lakeland.
This guidebook divides the north Lakeland region into six sections:
- the Northern Fells
- Newlands & the North West
- Patterdale & Ullswater
- the Eastern Fells and Dales.
IntroductionCHAPTER 1: BORROWDALE
Walk 1: Around Derwentwater by boat and shore
Walk 2: Cat Bells & Derwentwater Shore
Walk 3: Castle Crag from Seatoller
Walk 4: Borrowdale Wad and Stone
Walk 5: Seathwaite Fell & Sprinkling Tarn
Walk 6: Combe Gill Horseshoe
Walk 7: Langstrath Valley Walk
Walk 8: Dock Tarn and Great Crag
Walk 9: Brund Fell and King’s How
Walk 10: Through the Jaws of Borrowdale to Watendlath
Walk 11: Walla Crag and Derwentwater Shore
Walk 12: River Greta and the Keswick Railway Walk
CHAPTER 2: NEWLANDS AND THE NORTH WEST
Walk 13: Hindscarth via the Dale Head Miner’s Path
Walk 14: Scope Beck
Walk 15: Ard Crags and Keskadale Edge
Walk 16: Newlands - Outerside and Barrow Ridge
Walk 17: Barf, Lord’s Seat and Whinlatter Forest
Walk 18: Wythop and Sale Fell
Walk 19: Skiddaw House and Lonscale Fell
Walk 20: Below Blencathra
Walk 21: Dodd Wood and the Watches
Walk 22: Great Scar Fell via Trusmadoor
Walk 23: Glenderamackin, Scales Tarn & Bannerdale
Walk 24: Bowscale Tarn & Mosedale
Walk 25: Carrock Fell and High Pike
Walk 26: Roughton Gill & High Pike
Walk 27: Around Caldbeck and The Howk
Walk 28: Shoulthwaite & Bleaberry Fell from Castlerigg
Walk 29: Shoulthwaite Gill
Walk 30: High Rigg & St John’s Vale
Walk 31: Threlkeld Knotts, Clough Head & the Old Coach Road
Walk 32: Thirlmere East Shore and Great How
Walk 33: Raven Crag & The Benn from Armboth
Walk 34: Behind the Forest to Armboth
Walk 35: Launchy Gill Trail from Armboth
Walk 36: Harrop Tarn & The Beacon
Walk 37: Steamer Walk over Bonscale Pike to Pooley Bridge
Walk 38: Hallin Fell & the Three Dales
Walk 39: Steamer Walk - from Howtown to Glenridding over Place Fell
Walk 40: Steamer Walk - from Howtown to Glenridding by the Shore
Walk 41: Angle Tarn from Hartsop
Walk 42: Dovedale
Walk 43: The Elmhow Zig-zags & Arnison Crag
Walk 44: Keldas
Walk 45: Glenridding & Red Tarn
Walk 46: Glenridding Dodd
Walk 47: Sheffield Pike & Glencoyne Balcony Path
Walk 48: Aira Force and Gowbarrow Fell
Walk 49: Great Mell Fell
Walk 50: Circuit of Willdale
Walk 51: Four Stones Hill & Haweswater
Walk 52: Naddle Ridge, Harper Hills & Haweswater Shore
Walk 53: The Tarns of High Street
Walk 54: Old Corpse Road & Selside
Walk 55: Swindale & Seat Robert
Walk 56: Knipe Scar
Walk 57: Lowther Park
OS Outdoor Leisure (1:25,000)
OS Pathfinder Sheet 576
Sheets: Northern Lakeland, Western Lakeland, North-Western Lakeland, Eastern Lakeland.
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There is a mistake in the first line of the description of Walk 1. 'Set off past the blue Century Theatre' should, of course, now read 'Set off past the Theatre by the Lake'.
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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