01 Apr Five Fantastic Lake District Walks
Burleigh Mead is ideally placed for many beautiful walks, from a beginner’s amble to a proper hike and scramble (does that rhyme?!) We’ve collected five of our favourite Lake Districts walks – three of them are on our doorstep. Click the walk name for more information on each one!
This is probably one of the most popular Lake walks of them all, loved by all the family from the littlest up to the oldest for its ease. Brilliant for beginners, and for those in the know, the home of Mrs TiggyWinkle who lived near the aptly named Little Town. It’ll be busy, but the views are worth rubbing shoulders for.
Above: The view from Burleigh Mead across Derwentwater to Catbells in the background.
Don’t waste this lovely lake walk on a rainy day as the views are incredible every way you look. A lovely walk for a summer evening or an easy afternoon stroll. It’s also exceptionally beautiful in the autumn when the leaves are changing.
There is parking available in Buttermere but it can get busy in the summer and especially at the weekend. You might find more on the outskirts at the National Trust car park, or behind the Bridge Hotel in the Lake District National Park car park.
Ok so we’re cheating a bit here, as there are actually several walks you can do taking in the Old Man, which is the tallest of the Coniston Fells (though don’t tell Swirl How we said that as there is a small argument there on who is actually the biggest!)
There is lots to see on this fell, from the lovely Low Water pictured to various old quarries and ancient mining areas – give yourself time to explore and dig out all the gems for yourself!
Another Keswick walk, this one ascends to a fabulous viewpoint on the eastern side of Derwent Water. It’s especially lovely because most of the view is hidden until you’ve got through the trees on Cat Gill and you actually get to the crag at the top. This one can be a bit tricky and it is steep, but there is a handrail which you should definitely use if it gets misty – we don’t want anyone plopping off a fell on one of our recommendations please!
This one has got something for everyone – you can experience Aira Force at its best as you head towards the stunning waterfalls passing through proper woodland (first one to spot a red squirrel wins a prize! Well, gets kudos anyway) Once you come out of the gorge you get to enjoy the beautiful views over Ullswater from the summit of Gowbarrow. A lovely 5 miler and you might even find the National Trust tearoom!
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