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quiet country lanes

quiet country lanes

This route explores the area north of Hawkshead, using quiet lanes and a cycle path beside the Hawkshead to Ambleside road.

Route Information

Time/Effort 2 out of 5
Navigation 2 out of 5
Technicality 2 out of 5
OS map Landranger 90 & 97 Explorer OL7
Toilets Hawkshead, Wray Castel
Refreshments Hawkshead, Wray Castle, Betty Fold

Route Essentials

Cycle Route: Hawkshead-High Wray-WrayCastle-Brathay-Outgate-Hawkshead

Duration: 1.5-3 hours

Miles: 10

Route Details

From Hawkshead Post office in the centre of the village head south past the Sun Inn, to the junction by the Primary School.

Turn Left, then second Left, signed ‘Wray Castle’ and go straight on through Colthouse and High Wray. Pass Wray Castle on the right just after High Wray.

Turn Right, signed ‘Ambleside’, (it is possible to take the signed cycle/footpath after about 0.4 miles on the right by the entrance to Pullwood Bay, Where the path ends after about 0.3 miles, continue on the road, then in about 200m the path starts again on the right), In another 0.15 miles the path crosses to the Left side of the road at the entrance to Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. Follow this path through the woods and down to the River Brathay.

Turn left signed ‘Skelwith Fold’, past Brathay Church on the Left. Climb away from the river.

Bear Left, signed ‘Hawkshead’,to climb steadily to Barngates.

Turn right signed ‘Coniston’.

Bear Left (or straight ahead to the tea room at Betty Fold in 0.4miles, then retrace) and Left again down to Outgate.

Turn right to return to Hawkshead.

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