Irton Pike, just east of Santon Bridge in the western lake district is a fantastic family walk. For very little effort, you can accomplish a great summit with stunning 360 degree views. On a good day you can see Scotland, the Isle of Man, Wast Water and all the surrounding fells.
The route is less than 1.5 miles in total and parking is free and situated right at the start of the walk. Park just off the road at GR 123014 on OS map OL6.
The route we did was a circular, anticlockwise walk (see the map in the photos below). We struggled to find the first path we wanted, so just followed the footpath out of the car park and up. After about a hundred metres we turned left and then after a few hundred metres turned right (GR 119014), which was a steepish path (but manageable by our almost 3 year old) that took us right up up up to the very top.
The views were unrestricted and stunning in every direction. The children of course were more interested in the treats and picnic, but it was breathtaking nonetheless!
Following our short break we carried on, over the summit, heading north eastwards. After a little while, you can take the path to the right which will lead you back to the car, but before doing this, it’s well worth continuing on a few hundred metres. Cross the stile over the wall and head straight on to a rocky clearing just in front of you to the left. Once more you’ll get some stunning views of Wast Water and the surrounding fells.
When you’re ready, retrace your steps to the footpath that leads you to the car park, completing the anticlockwise loop. We highly recommend this family walk, as there’s a real sense of achievement and seriously beautiful views for really not that much effort!
We headed into Santon Bridge and had lunch in the Bridge Inn. Huge Yorkshire puddings and delicious Sunday Roasts all round!
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