WALKS TO ENJOY
I'm building my confidence in walking 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 completed a walk I can repeat them with friends, recommend to guests and take my lovely mum, Ann, out. Below are some of the walks I've done.
We also have a short local walk around the village itself - which has two parts - and is lovely to do if you arrive at the end of the day and just want a quick stroll before your evening meal. There are often some 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.
From the House, you can walk through the Village, up past The Coledale Inn, continue up the lane to the gate at the to and follow the path all the way up to Stile End. You can then either go around it or up and over. Your choice. A nice, short walk to do for the views. Fully laminated directions are available to take with you. From Stile End you can then choose to either come back down the front or back and head home, or head up and over Barrow and come home that way. Or you can continue onto Outerside. From the back of Outerside you can then drop down into the valley towards the Force Crag Mine and back along the mine track to the Whinlatter Road. The walk can be as along as you want it to be.
From the House, you can walk through the Village and past the Village Shop, over a cattle grid and up to the farm. Follow the footpath through the farmyard, through the gate and you're at the base of Barrow. From there you can either come down the way you went up, pop down the back and head home keeping Barrow to your right and Stile End to your left. Or you can head up Stile End and onto Outerside, completing the Coledale Trio. From the back of Outerside you can then drop down into the valley towards the Force Crag Mine and back along the mine track to the Whinlatter Road. The walk can be as along as you want it to be. Fully laminated directions are available to take with you.
Leaving from the House, you can walk along the Shelf, round the back of the How, along the footpath to Thornthwaite and turn left up Seldom Seen. Follow the bridleway up from the top of Seldom Seen, alongside Coombe Beck, and into Whinlatter. From here can choose several routes around the trails or just head up to the Visitors Centre and Siskins Cafe. A really good walk to do if it's raining as a lot of it is under the cover of the trees. Between 2 to 2.5 hrs walk from the House to the cafe, one-way. Fully laminated directions are available to take with you.
Leaving from the House, you can walk along the Shelf, round the back of the How, along the footpath towards Thornthwaite, turning left up a steep hill twards Whinlatter. Cross over the road via a dogleg (left then right) and continue up the footpath into Whinlatter, keeping the beck on your right. Turn left at the top when you hit the Whinlatter forestry road and follow until reach the base of Grisedale, after a gate. Between 2 to 2.5 hrs walk from the House roundtrip. Fully laminated directions are available to take with you.
Leaving from the House, you can walk along the Shelf, round the back of the How, and then follow the footpath all the way to the Gallery in Thornthwaite. A great walk to do through the trees, although can be a little muddy after heavy rain. And you're rewarded by fabulous toasties and cake at the Gallery and an opportunity to buy some beautiful pieces. Walk can take up to an hour. A shorter route for the return trip is along the road back to the front of the House. Fully laminated directions are available to take with you.
This is a lovely flatish walk from the House. You head out to the car park at the bottom of Grisedale Park which is about 20 mins from the top of the garden. From there you turn left and simply stroll along the old mine road out to Force Crag Mine, about 3.5km. There's a slight ascent on the way out. Your walk takes you through the Coledale Horseshoe - or the Coledale Round as it's sometimes called - finishing at the head of the valley. Can get a bit chilly in the afternoon once the sun has dropped behind the fells, so always good to have an extra layer for your return trip. And also an incredible wind funnel.
The Coledale Trio is a lovely walk from the front door of Maple Bank, behind Braithwaite village, and is on the left hand side/entrance of the Coledale Horseshoe (or Coledale Round as it's also known). The Trio is made up of Barrow, Stile End and Outerside. The Book says it's about 3 hours in length. I've done it twice now and it's about 3 hours without a coffee/cake break. You can also duck out early after Barrow - and again after Stile End - and just head back to the village along a path either side of Stile End. Fully laminated directions are available to take with you.
Buttermere - a lovely walk to do - takes between 2 and 2.5hrs - if you don't stop and just have a stomp around. 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. Fully laminated directions are available to take with you.
There are several ways up Skiddaw, including starting from the House and making a day of it. I went up in November and we hit the snow at the top, stunningly beautiful, but cold so you need to wrap up and slip some spikes on. We parked at the car park at the bottom by Latrigg and headed up Little Skiddaw Man and then onto Skiddaw, coming back along the track down the side of both. The view cleared in time for us at the top so we could look out to the Irish Sea. And the return views over Keswick and Derwentwater were just as amazing.
Catbells is a nice Wainwright to do from the house. You can walk from Maple Bank, past the Swinside Inn to Catbells (about 2.5 miles), and then conquer Catbells and return via Portinscale or Keswick. And Maiden Moor sits just behind Catbells if you want to tick two off your list.
You can either walk from the centre of Keswick or you can drive up to the car park at the base of Latrigg. A lovely short walk, that has a wide path for buggies, and gives you a cracking view over Keswick and Derwentwater. Fully laminated directions are available to take with you.
Starting from the Moot Hall in Keswick you can walk out the back of Keswick, though the woods and up to Walla Crag. A lovely walk along the plateau at the top gives you some amazing views of Derwentwater. You can either come back the way you came or head off down a long slow descent to Ashness Bridge. From there you can either walk back to Keswick along the shoreline (about an hour), or catch the next Keswick Launch at Ashness Gate Landing Stage. Fully laminated directions are available to take with you.
Binsey is a lovely little walk. You can park near to the base, about 15 mins drive from the House. Off the road on a side road, cross over the A66 and head on up. Cracking views from the top out to the Irish Sea and across to the Cock Ups. As you can see, Tara had a cracking time.
Walking around Rydal Water and Grasmere is lovely. You can park at various places and either do one of the lakes or there is a lovely route that takes you around one side of Rydal Water, up to the Caves, across the bottom of the felsl down to Grasmere and into Grasmere Village. You can stop here for some refreshment and then continue the walk up into the woods on the other side, and back down to Rydal. Its a real mixture of lakes, fells and woods. Directions are available to take with you.
Ennerdale is a fabulously remote lake. You can park in the car park and head on round the lake in about 3-4 hours. The ground is tricky to step over in places, and then you have a scree to cross over and a little rock face to descend. I'm not a fan of heights and managed it with some patient friends, but it's not a circular walk if you need a walking stick or assistance at all. You can of course do the first half of the walk along the lakeshore and then head back the way you've come. The first part of the route is along forestry tracks. Directions are available to take with you.
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 as 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!