The circuit of Buttermere and Crummock Water are flat and easy going. A good option if the weather is not good. There are a couple of pubs and cafes in Buttermere, but my firm favourite in that area is the Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater. Cosy bar with a log fire, a good selection of ales and freshly prepared food.
I stayed at the Wasdale Head Inn again last summer and took a some schoolfriends and their children (and my children) up Scafell Pike - perhaps my 10th time on top of it?
(I have a hip injury so I think that’ll be my last time up that peak.)
It’s a wild and wonderful part of the Lakes, and a special place in the history of British mountaineering:
"Samuel Taylor Coleridge is reputed to have scrambled up Scafell Pike in 1802, some 80 years before the Golden Age of early British climbing (1882-1903).
They relished their annual Easter and Christmas vacations and summer holidays at Wasdale Head, the centre of Lakeland climbing.
These men - for brief periods - left their jobs, their families, and their cares behind, to journey to the Wastwater Hotel, where, full of a fresh and invigorating sense of adventure and exploration, they proceeded to define a wonderful new sport."
As a local I have too agree with the walk and especially the pub….
Walk with pub will get the thumbs up from Mrs S too
Some great South Downs Way walking today. Popped over to the folks for Mothers Day, so took the opportunity to take in Devils Dyke etc. And can’t beat finishing with a pint.
About 25 years ago I walked the Coast to Coast through the Lake District as far as Shap. I did it at weekends with a school friend who lived at Braithwaite getting me to the start and picking me up after a night in a Youth Hostel. Fell in love with the LD and didn’t complete the CtoC, but did some more. There is some challenging stuff on the CtoC carrying a heavy rucksack. Of the others I think Great Gable and Green Gable are favourites. Catbells is a nice starter. I steered clear of Blencathra. St Bees to Honister YHA is very memorable mostly. I remember the midges at the Wastewater camp site & the Inn and at Derwentwater YH. Meeting other walkers at YHs is rewarding.
Thanks for all your helpful hints everyone. I’ve got 4 rainy day walks and 4 clear day walks lined up - so plenty to cover me for the three days we’re out there
Will report back in a few weeks …
Well. An absolutely fantastic time was had. Two days of sunshine, and a middle day when it only rained in the morning. Given we’d had a sunny trip to Belfast the week before, the weather gods were truly smiling down on us
Day 1 was a walk along Windermere west shore, and then tacking back over some gentle inland hills. Rainy day 2 was a walk around the river south of Kendal. And day 3 was a loop around Old Man of Coniston, which involved just over 1000 metres of climbing.
A great time, and feel ready for our trip to the Alps. Thanks for all your suggestions - they were a great help in giving us ideas for routes
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