From Skelwith Bridge to Ambleside….

Well pretty much as forecast, this morning dawned foggy and grey but it will take more than that for us to change our plans! We parked up in the same place as yesterday but this time walked in the opposite direction towards Ambleside. Rather than taking the direct route along the main road which was too busy we set off in the opposite direction and wandered along the lanes via Skelwith Fold. It was a very peaceful walk but unfortunately the views were somewhat diminished by the low lying mists.

After a couple of miles (mostly up hill) walk without seeing a soul we started to descend back down to the River Brathay at Clappersgate about half a mile shy of Ambleside.

From here it was a roadside path to the centre of the village. Well what can I say about Ambleside – busy, pretty slate shops and houses, lots of pubs and cafes – oh yes and very busy! Nice atmosphere and if you fancy a bit of retail therapy (mostly of the outdoor pursuits kind) or something to eat and drink – look no further. For us though a bit too busy, so after a wander around, a look at the Bridge House, we set off for home.

By now the weather has really closed in and so the walk back was damp with even less to see but still peaceful. 7.5 miles.

Two thoughts of the day:

  • Did you know? The Bridge House started its life as an access point across the beck for the landowner and his land and an apple store but has also been home to a family of 8!!
  • Mizzle – nobody’s friend – you get damp and can’t see anything!
  • Skelwith Bridge to Chapel Stile….

    Yet another cracking day dawned though if the weatherman is to be believed – the last for a while! Today we drove down to Skelwith Bridge and found a bit of roadside parking, before taking the popular Cumbria Way along the riverside to Elterwater.

    After a short while the lake Elterwater comes into view.

    With stunning views all around and this lovely sunshine – what a day.

    Plenty of little spots for Poppydog to have a splash around.

    As we arrived at the end of the lake, the tiny village of Elterwater, a pub, cafe, bowling club and not a lot else, we continued along the tree lined footpath, following the Great Langdale Beck up to the village of Church Stile.

    Here we found our own little beach with stones – say no more!

    After a suitable break we took the much less popular circular route up above the lake, via Colwith, back to Skelwith catching sight of a couple of deer skipping across the valley (too far away to take a proper photo).

    With a close up look at Skelwith Force Waterfall.

    A very enjoyable 7 mile walk.

    Two thoughts of the day:

    In just five weeks my NT membership (thanks Dad) has paid for itself in car parking alone – the average here seems to be about £4 for two hours!

    It is even more expensive to pee here in The Lakes – 30p – pity there aren’t more NT loos!

    From Glen Mary bridge to Tarn Hows….

    At the risk of sounding repetitive, it was another warm sunny day! As I needed a bit of shopping, rather than walking to Coniston, we travelled a couple of miles up the road to the little NT car park at Glen Mary Bridge. From here we walked up Tarn Howes, along a wooded path.

    With fabulous views across to the Yewdale Fells.

    And maybe Great How in the distance?

    Soon The Tarns could be seen below us.

    We have been following a single track lane for awhile and after awhile a large NT car park for Tarn How appeared on the right. Not surprisingly the car park was busy and there were plenty of folk about enjoying the two mile walk around The Tarns.

    There is a good path all the way round, but only a couple of places where you can access the water and unfortunately for Poppydog, no handy stony beach to play on!

    After doing the loop we walked up to the car park, where an ice cream van was doing a pretty good trade, to get a cold drink which I enjoyed sitting on a log in the sunshine looking down over The Tarns. Poppydog also for once content to just sit and watch – well for about 7 minutes!

    We then walked part way around the lake again to pick up the footpath taking us back down to the car, via the Tom Gill waterfalls.

    Getting right up close to some parts as we clambered down the rough stony path.

    A good 4.5 mile circuit.

    Two thoughts of the day:

    Don’t you just love the coolness you get from standing close to a waterfall – like standing in front of an open fridge but oh so much better!

    Actually saw the woodpecker this morning as it made a trial run at a close by tree – how does that not hurt?

    From Glen Mary bridge to Tarn Hows….

    At the risk of sounding repetitive, it was another warm sunny day! As I needed a bit of shopping, rather than walking to Coniston, we travelled a couple of miles up the road to the little NT car park at Glen Mary Bridge. From here we walked up Tarn Howes, along a wooded path.

    With fabulous views across to the Yewdale Fells.

    And maybe Great How in the distance?

    Soon The Tarns could be seen below us.

    We have been following a single track lane for awhile and after awhile a large NT car park for Tarn How appeared on the right. Not surprisingly the car park was busy and there were plenty of folk about enjoying the two mile walk around The Tarns.

    There is a good path all the way round, but only a couple of places where you can access the water and unfortunately for Poppydog, no handy stony beach to play on!

    After doing the loop we walked up to the car park, where an ice cream van was doing a pretty good trade, to get a cold drink which I enjoyed sitting on a log in the sunshine looking down over The Tarns. Poppydog also for once content to just sit and watch – well for about 7 minutes!

    We then walked part way around the lake again to pick up the footpath taking us back down to the car, via the Tom Gill waterfalls.

    Getting right up close to some parts as we clambered down the rough stony path.

    A good 4.5 mile circuit.

    Two thoughts of the day:

    Don’t you just love the coolness you get from standing close to a waterfall – like standing in front of an open fridge but oh so much better!

    Actually saw the woodpecker this morning as it made a trial run at a close by tree – how does that not hurt?

    A walk along the shore to Torver Common….

    A beautiful sun shiny day and T-shirt warm, how amazing in February! Today we walked from the site, south along the shore line where the footpath covers a couple of miles of shoreline. The Lake looking serene with a slight haze in the sunshine.

    The footpath is nice and level for a mile or so and then becomes a bit more challenging as you clamber over tree roots, little stone gullies and wobbles of rough stone steps – but oh so peaceful.

    Very few other walkers and just a couple of boats out on the lake, the only sounds being the gentle lapping of the water and bird song.

    At the end of the footpath just before it took us inland, we enjoyed a while on the little stony beach at Sunny Bank, just soaking up the sun and tranquility – me that is, Poppydog happy to chase stones and paddle in the shallows.

    As the footpath rose inland, up and away from the Lake, a glimpse back with the Lake surrounded by trees – must be quite some sight during Autumn?

    From here we walked back away from the Lake across Torver Common with just a few sheep for company. Passing a disused reservoir with a fine view of the peak of the Old Man of Coniston .

    A warm and very peaceful 7.5 mile round trip.

    Two thoughts of the day:

    There was a woodpecker hard at work in the trees on site this morning – shall have to see if we can see one in action!

    Shall we attempt the Old Man of Coniston?