WALKS NEAR MAPLE BANK

Oh my goodness - where to start -it's the Lake District after all.  I'm slowly starting to get my confidence in going out with just myself and Tara and a map, but otherwise for most Wainwrights I've been guided by my eldest brother or close friends.  Once I've done a walk I can repeat them with friends, recommend to guests and take my mum out.  Below are some of the walks I've done.  The local one around the village has two parts and is a lovely one to do if you arrive at the end of the day and just want a local walk before supper.  There are sheep on some of it, and their position changes every day, so you will need a lead if you're taking your dog with you.

I'm not a proficient or professional walker or guide, so please bear that in mind when reading my comments about time taken and terrain.

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Around Braithwaite village - there is a two part walk you can do around the back of the village and into the greenery - first part takes about 35/40 mins around the back of the house, walking past Middle Ruddings up to The Royal Oak, turning right along The Shelf, taking a left through a kissing gate and around Braithwaite Howe along a public footpath. This brings you out at the top of the village near The Coledale. The second part is about the same distance, takes you past The Coledale, over to Little Braithwaite, and back through the caravan site, bringing you out into the village where you can turn right to Hobcartons for a stop over, or left to The Village Shop for an ice cream.

Buttermere - a lovely walk to do - takes between 2 and 2.5hrs - if you don't stop. It's relatively flat with a few rocky bits to climb over on one side. Dogs need to be on leads for most of the first part due to sheep. I park at the National Trust Car Park just before the village, walk down over the bridge, past The Bridge Inn, past the Sykes Farm Shop, through the farm and away! There is another car park about half-way round if you want to stop there or leave a car to bring you back. Nice place to stop and have a break, open the flask up and munch on a biscuit.

Catbells is a nice Wainwright to do from the house. You can walk from Maple Bank, past the Swinside Inn to Catbells (about 2 miles), and then conquer Catbells and return via Portinscale or Keswick. And Maiden Moor is behind Catbells if you want to tick two off your list.

Clough Head - my first Wainwright! - my big brother took me up the front which was a bit steep and rocky at the top, along the grassy top and came back down the back which is nice and grassy. We parked nearby and then celebrated my success with some amazing chips. I'm not great with heights but it was okay on the ascent - the views all the way up were break-taking and I was just in awe when we got to the top

So far I've only managed to drive along Wast Water after climbing Buckbarrow and it was breathtaking. Definitely recommend this a great lakeside walk and the drive from Maple Bank is pretty spectacular as well - takes about an hour but well worth the trip. And I really enjoyed our lunch at the end of walk at Wasdale Head Inn as well. Had a particularly superb steak burger. Will definitely be going back as any pub that serves 'Pimms by the Jug' has a place in my heart!