Today’s walk took us to Lanty’s Tarn and Keldas near Glenridding.
After parking in the car park in the centre of Glenridding (£4 for the Day) we headed up the left hand side of the beck (between the beck and the shops). If you need any equipment, then the outdoor shop, Catstycam, is a great independently owned place to get it. You walk right past it at the start of this walk.
About half way up the track you will pick up signs for Lanty’s tarn. Take the path to the left and you will start to climb the fell through the woods. There are two routes in the woods, a clear path winding through the trees or straight up over the rocks. Look out for a hollow tree small people can crawl under and peep out the roots!
After playing in the woods continue up the hill. You will come to a gate on to open fell. Head through this one but when you get to the second one turn left up the hill (remember to turn round and take the in the view).
At the top of the next climb you will come to the tarn, but before going to the tarn take another left and head up to the peak of Keldas, where you get a great view of Ullswater.
After enjoying a snack on the top we headed back to the tarn to throw stones (go to the far end).
At the far end of the tarn you will find a path heading down the fell. Follow this down taking in views of Helvellyn.
Near the bottom you come to a sign pointing to Helvellyn, you need to turn left here which will take you down a road which you follow back to Glenridding.
The road is quiet until you get on to the main bit between Glenridding and Patterdale but this bit has paths. If you don’t fancy the road, or just want a shorter walk, you can track back from the tarn.
After the walk you can enjoy time in Glendridding where you will find the lakeside, boat hire, pubs, shops and ice cream.
The walk was about three miles but was completed by our almost 4 year old, plus we also had a friend carrying a toddler with us. If you head back from the top of Keldas the way you came, it’s less than 2 miles.