Rannerdale is commonly known as the Valley of the Bluebells, although it is a fantastic walk at any time of year. If you want to go when the bluebells are out, you’ll need to go at some point in May. There are three options available on this walk: 1) an easy, mostly flat 0.5 mile out and back (1 mile in total) to see the bluebells. 2) a moderate 3 mile circular walk which doesn’t take in Rannerdale Knotts summit but does go through the bluebells or 3) a steep, quite tricky but very rewarding 2.6 mile route that takes in the bluebells and Rannerdale Knotts summit, which is a Wainwright Fell.
Today’s walk was a fun and easy 2-2.5 mile out and back (or loop) walk up to the Pepperpot monument in Eaves Wood, Silverdale. The views from the top reach as far as Ingleborough, Morecambe, Warton Crag, Arnside Knott, Morecambe, Heysham, the Blackpool Tower, Barrow and beyond.
School Knott is a great little walk, offering beautiful views over Windermere Town and the lake. You can start this walk from Windermere or Bowness, but to keep it easy for little legs, we parked near Windermere Golf Club and did the 2.5 mile lollipop loop from there.
Today was our 100th family walk in the Lake District. And it was an epic! Hay Stacks stands 597 metres (1958 feet) in height. But starting at Honister gives you an advantage as that is 332 metres (1089 feet). This also makes it a Wainwright fell, to tick off the list! It is 2.2 miles there. We did an out and back so 4.4 miles in total.
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.
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.
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.
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.