autumn walks to enjoy in cumbria...
The Autumn is a glorious season in the Lake District, Cumbria. The changing of the leaves and the autumnal light emphasize the beauty of the spectacular landscape - there's never a better time or a better place for an autumn walk. The Lake District is a walker's paradise but you don't have to walk for miles up England's highest mountain to enjoy the stunning scenery. Here are some of our favourite "Nano-walks," - little hikes with big views!
1: Tarn Hows, Coniston
Regardless of the weather, it's always easy to get around one of the Lake District's best viewpoints - Tarn Hows. Although set over 600ft in the hills above Coniston, you can drive up the narrow B-road to its top, park up then walk the 1.5 mile circular pathway, which takes about half-an-hour. The walk shows off the best of the Lake District's mountains for minimum effort. Tarn Hows is three tarns joined into one with views of the Langdale Pikes mountain range. Beatrix Potter bought Tarn Hows in 1929 before bequeathing it to the National Trust. With a big car-park and a well-maintained circular path, there are seats along the way making it suitable for buggies, the elderly and little ones too. For a full route description, go to www.lakedistrictoutdoors.co.uk/walkingroutedetails.cfm?routeID=30 Nearest TIC : Coniston TIC: 015394 41533
2: Ruskin's View, Kirkby Lonsdale
One of England's most acclaimed but least known views is Ruskin's View in the chocolate box town of Kirkby Lonsdale. The mile-or-so riverside route starts at Devil's Bridge over the River Lune, and helpful signs direct you to the viewpoint, although this way culminates in a steep set of steps. Alternatively, start this walk from the charming town centre, where it's less than half-a-mile on the flat all the way. There's seating available so you can admire a scene painted by Turner and described by Victorian philosopher Ruskin as "one of the loveliest in England." www.kirkbylonsdale.co.uk Nearest TIC Kirkby Lonsdale TIC: 015242 71437
3: High Dam, Windermere
Many people know Lake Windermere from their travels, but few find their way to the tiny village of Finsthwaite. Close to the village, you'll find magical High Dam, a superb, gently rising walk through a leafy carpet of oak, birch and conifer. There's a car park to put your boots on and then it's a straightforward stroll through the woods which gently climbs a few hundred feet. The short trip is rewarded at the top as it opens out to reveal a panoramic tree-lined tarn. Water from the Dam was once used to power the village mills, which churned out bobbins for the Lancashire textile industry. You can download a map to this walk from www.lakesidehotel.co.uk/lake-district/hotel/walks/Walks1.pdf
Nearest TIC: Bowness-on-Windermere TIC 015394 42895
4: Holme Fell, Coniston
Peaks like Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Great Gable are known to many due to the Lake District walking guides writer, Alfred Wainwright. But at just over 1,000ft, Holme Fell on the outskirts of Coniston is one of the smallest ever Wainwrights and is slap bang in the middle of the Lakes surrounded by fantastic scenery, yet of little interest to the hordes From its summit, you can marvel at Lake Coniston and features big mountains in the distance like Pike O'Blisco, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark. www.conistontic.org Nearest TIC: Coniston TIC: 015394 41533