Autumn is a perfect time to come the Lake District  

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Outdoor Pursuits - Walking

Walking in the Lake District - The cottages are surrounded by farmland which adjoins the fells so there is masses of walking from the door! If you want to be adventurous............

The Lake District National Park is such a vast area, it is difficult to know where to start! Here are some mountains starting with the highest........

Scafell Pike 3210ft

This is a steep rocky mountain from every side, but not technically difficult. From the summit on a clear day you have wonderful views as far as Scotland and Ireland. The shortest route is from Wasdale Head, but it can be climbed from Borrowdale or even the Langdales.


Scafell 3162ft

The second highest mountain in England but much more inaccessible than Scafell Pike. A difficult climb in winter because of the ice and snow and for rock in the summer months. This was where rock climbing in England is said to have begun. One of England's finest mountains.

Great Gable 2949ft

A challenging mountain on all sides, it has something for both walkers and rock climbers and can be approached from either Borrowdale or Wasdale Head. Again, amazing views all over the Lake District.

Bowfell 2960ft

This mountain is similar to Crinkle Crags(below). It is usually climbed from the Langdale valley and is a popular day out. The main tourist path is not difficult, but the summit is rocky and the weather can close in so the path is not clear.

Crinckle Crags 2816ft

A fairly challenging mountain and with wonderful views of most of the Lake District. An interesting ridge walk full of character.

Coniston Old Man 2633ft

This is a popular walk as it not at all difficult. The old  copper mine works can be seen and you can park part of the way up. Again, sensational views but the clouds can descend very quickly.

Glaramara 2560ft

An interesting mountain which rises steeply from the head of Borrowdale. It has a complicated summit with many small tarns and rocky outcrops. The difficulty of ascent varies according to the direction taken, ranging from walking to technical scrambling. Overshadowed in popularity by its higher neighbours and as such an often tranquil place to visit.

Langdale Pikes 2403ft

Spectacular craggy mountains, they dominate the view from the top of Lake Windermere and the surrounding area. There are three main Pikes - Pavey Ark (2288ft), with its huge vertical cliff very popular with rock climbers. - Harrison Stickle (2403ft), the highest of the Pikes and an imposing dark tower of rock. - Pike O'Stickle (2323ft), a tapering dome of rock for a summit. Although very rocky in nature their ascents aren't too difficult if the main tourist paths are followed. For the more experienced mountaineer the ascent of Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark is a must (grade 1 scramble). For rock climbers the crags of Pavey Ark, Gimmer crag, Raven Crag, and White Ghyll are the most popular.


 Sailing and water sports   

Coniston is a popular Lake for sailing as is Windermere now that the speed limit has been enforced. This has, unfortunately curtailed a lot of watersports like waterskiing and the lake is comparatively quiet. There is a gondola on Coniston on which you can ride and there are also boats and kayaks which are available to rent.


The fishing on Esthwaite lake is great fun as you can hire a battery powered boat to go and catch your organic fish! Contact






The Lake District is a wonderful place to go bicycling and a good place to get fit with all the hills!

Bicycles can be rented at the Gill Cycles although is better to bring your own as they do no have many. There are a lot of single track roads on the fells with wonderful scenery to take in.



We have wonderful unspoilt beaches up here in the Lake District. Silecroft Beach up the coast is 40 minutes drive past Millom or slightly closer is Haverigg Beach which has sand dunes and a lot of shells. Closer, just outside Ulverston is Bardsea with a long stretch of beach (a bit muddy though)and on the way to Barrow is Rowan Head which is a good one for walking. Walney Island has an amazing long stretch of beautiful beach but it takes a while to get there as it is right at the other end of Barrow.






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