Tour of the Lake District
The best of the area in a circular trek
By Jim Reid
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.
SeasonsApril to end of October recommended. The main centres are busy during school holidays, so avoid if possible.
CentresWindermere, Ambleside, Elterwater, Coniston, Eskdale, Wasdale, Buttermere, Keswick, Rosthwaite, Grasmere, Patterdale
DifficultySeven-day, 93 mile walk. Visits valleys rather than peaks. Well within the capabilities of the averagely fit walker.
Must SeeThe landscape, escaping the crowds, traditional events (sheep dog trials, local shows), peak-bagging, local speciality foods, literary heritage walks
15 Mar 2007
11 Jan 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
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A lifelong outdoors enthusiast, Jim will avoid any office tasks given the slightest opportunity to head for the hills. After an education at Newcastle and Lancaster universities, he made a home in the Lake District for ten years whilst earning a living variously and precariously as an ecologist, school teacher, youth hostel warden, restaurateur, landscape gardener and writer. Tour of the Lake District was written and researched when running a Lakeland youth hostel. All the routes have been carefully chosen and walked, the author muttering into a Dictaphone to ensure descriptions remained accurate when written up in the evening. The photographs were taken using an old Leica 35mm camera with Summicron lenses, generally on Velvia film.
Jim is now settled with a family in the Isle of Man where he has a thriving garden design practice… but still finds time for the odd bit of fell running.View author profile
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