Spring is most definitely in the air here in the Lake District. The snow on the tops of the mountains has melted, the daffodils are blooming and new born lambs are appearing in our fields. As the days are getting longer and warmer, it is a great time to get out and about for a walk. There are so many great walks near to us here at The Pheasant, so it is really hard to choose, but here are 5 of our favourites which we think are perfect for an English spring day.
1. Whinlatter Forest
Whinlatter Forest is England’s only mountain forest and less than 5 minutes from our front door. There is a fabulous visitor centre with café and if you are feeling adventurous; a high ropes course and several first class mountain bike trails. In terms of walks there are a number of excellent walks for all abilities from the easy flat walk of Revelin Moss to the peaks of Seat How and Lords Seat. The walks are all on good paths and easy to navigate as you follow different coloured markers or numbered posts depending on your route. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-8z4ec2
On the other side of Bassenthwaite Lake to us is Dodd Wood with many walks through the forest, which like Whinlatter Forest are colour coded and easy to follow. These range from short walks suitable for all, to a more strenuous ascent to the summit of Dodd, with beautiful views over Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water. Dodd Wood is also home to Osprey viewing points, open from when these magnificent birds make their annual migration back to Bassenthwaite to mate. http://www.ospreywatch.co.uk/wordpress/
This is a wonderful walk with a mix of great mountain views, lake side paths and woodland. The route is well marked and easy to follow and part of the track is one of the Lake Districts ancient corpse roads, along which remote villagers used to carried their deceased to be buried. On a more cheerful note this is a delightful walk with some ascents but nothing too hard and affords beautiful views of the lake and towering fells. Our favourite place to start is up on Fangs Brow, where you can park for free and follow the signposted path down to the lake, through the woods and follow the path up above the lake back to your car. http://www.davidhalllakedistrictwalks.co.uk/PAGES/WALKS/20150111_ID_1450.html
Towering over Bassenthwaite Lake, the majestic Skiddaw is the Lake Districts’ 4th highest peak at 3054 feet above sea level. The walk to the top is hard in terms of the ascent but straight forward in good weather, following a well maintained and well-trod route to the top. There are various routes up this mountain for all abilities but the most common starts at the top of Latrigg, above Keswick. As always choose your route according to your ability, check the weather, make sure you have the right equipment and go prepared for the weather to change. However with a bit of hard work you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Lake District and out towards the coast of the Solway. http://where2walk.co.uk/lake_district/classic_circuits/skiddaw-from-keswick/
A walk round beautiful Buttermere is a must for anyone visiting our part of the Lake District and when the bluebells start to bloom it is even better. This is an easy circular walk round one of the most beautiful lakes (in our opinion) and only takes about 2-3 hours. The walk is on good paths following the shore line of the lake and offers exceptional views of the surrounding mountains. At 4.5 miles with no ascents it is suitable for all ages and abilities. There are also lovely pubs and wonderful café with delicious home-made ice-cream at the start and finish. http://where2walk.co.uk/lake_district/lake_discoveries/a-walk-round-buttermere/