You’ll find Alcock Tarn above Grasmere, in the central Lake District. It’s beautiful in its own right, and also offers amazing views out over to Windermere, Coniston, Elterwater, Grasmere, Easedale Tarn and beyond! We did a 2.5 mile clockwise circular route, starting at the Swan Hotel at Grasmere.
We're an active family, with a 4 and 6 year old, from Bowness on Windermere in the Lake District. This page follows some of our adventures into the fells, pubs and local areas
Wansfell Pike is a Wainwright fell, offering stunning panoramic views. It stands at 482 metres (1581 feet), just outside of Ambleside in the southern Lake District. It is a big fell for little legs, and a continuous steep climb. This route is an out and back, totalling 3 miles. We’d recommend this walk for older, more capable children walkers or those with young babies that are being carried.
This beautiful and quiet 1.75 mile walk takes you along the River Wyth Burn into a peaceful valley at the southern end of Thirlmere reservoir. It’s a fairly easy walk, with only a slight ascent. It can be boggy in parts, especially after periods of wet weather, so wear appropriate footwear! The kids will have fun clambering over the many different sized rocks along the way.
Situated at the northern end of Thirlmere reservoir, Raven Crag is a short, but steep Wainwright Fell. The route is less than 2 miles in total and is an out and back that gives stunning views over Thirlmere and the surrounding fells.
Kettlewell is a beautiful little picnic spot just off the Borrowdale Road, on the south east shores of Derwentwater. Free for National Trust members, and offering a pretty little beach and local walks.
A 2.8 mile circular walk up to Fleetwith Pike from Honister Slate Mine. Another Wainwright ticked off, but a difficult climb for little legs. Amazingly beautiful views from the top over Buttermere and Crummock Water.
Cautley Spout, England’s highest cascade waterfall, in the Howgills, is a fantastic, easy family walk. You can do the easy 2 mile flat (ish) out and back, or the harder 3 mile route up to the top of the falls themselves. Re-fuel at the quaint Cross Keys Temperance Inn at the bottom.
Today’s walk through Borrowdale was a truly amazing family adventure! It had everything that the kids (and adults alike) loved… a cave, large boulders to clamber over, stepping stones across a river, shoreline to throw stones in, an exciting scree slope climb, toasting marshmallows on an open fire and amazing views over the Borrowdale valley and Derwentwater. This walk is definitely one our family favourites so far.