So excited to share this guest blog post by the wonderful Rebecca, I first came across Rebeccas instagram last year and as a Lake District lover instantly fell in love with her beautiful pictures and thoughtful captions. Please go check her out on her instagram lookwithneweyes.
6 ideas for off the beaten track adventures in the Lake District
Have you been to the Lake District before and visited the main sights - Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside, and looking for somewhere new to try? Or maybe it’s your first visit to the Lakes and you want to edge away from the crowds to more peaceful corners of the national park.
Rebecca from the Lake District travel blog Look With New Eyes shares her 6 ideas for an off the beaten track adventure.
This is my go-to walk for maximum views for a relatively small hill walk. Start from the village of Hawkshead and follow the road towards Colthouse. Continue to follow the road as it gradually heads uphill before taking the footpath off to the right with the National Trust signpost. The path continues through trees, over tiny steam and winds up to an obelisk marking the summit where you will be rewarded with 360-degree views across to Windermere, Ambleside, the Langdale Pikes, and the Coniston fells.
When you think of the Lake District, forests don’t automatically spring to mind, but the national park is actually made up of around 12% woods and forests. England’s only ‘mountain’ forest, Whinlatter is at an altitude of around 200m. Choose one of the many trails to either walk, run, or mountain bike deep into the forest past bubbling streams and clearings with views back over to the Skiddaw, Derwentwater, and the Keswick valley or try your hand at the Go Ape course before refuelling at the Siskins cafe tucked inside the visitor centre.
Escape the crowds heading to the popular town of Keswick and explore this quieter spot just off the main road A66 linking Keswick and Penrith. Park in the tiny hamlet of Mungrisdale and follow the signposted public footpath out towards the fells.
Choose either a gentler stroll on the valley floor following the Glenderamackin river or if you feeling adventurous head up into the hills of Souther Fell or Mungrisdale.
On the stunning July evening I explored here, the paths were lined with swathes of purple foxgloves, and the sunshine danced off the surrounding hills.
I discovered this gem of a tarn on a walk from Castlerigg Stone Circle just outside Keswick.
On a clear day pack a picnic and admire the stunning views over to Blencathra. To make your visit a full day, head up to Low and High Rigg for an easy family-friendly hill walk with views over the Dodd range towards Helvellyn.
Hallin Fell & Martindale
Set on the quieter eastern side of Ullswater, catch one of the steamers from Glenridding, and hop off at Howtown for an amble up Hallin fell for views stretching back over the Ullswater valley.
Alfred Wainwright wrote that this hill was so easy it could be done barefoot, a challenge I took him up on a hot warm July afternoon!
Descend off the western side and spot the pretty old white houses dotting the Martindale valley.
Scale Force Waterfall
Set back from the shores of Crummock Water, Scale Force is the highest waterfall in the Lake District with a single drop of over 50m over 3 different tiers. Take the path from Buttermere which hugs the shoreline of Crummock water for around 2.5 miles before turning up a steeper path to the left and up to a small gorge to see the waterfall, an impressive sight even during drier spells.
You can find more stories and guides from Rebecca’s life living in the Lake District over at www.lookwithneweyes.com