We found ourselves in Barrow-in-Furness, to the south of the Lake District, on a beautiful sunny afternoon. We’d heard about Furness Abbey, but never visited. What an amazing hidden gem! The place is amazing! Huge ruins of the old abbey. The children absolutely loved clambering over and through it. They played games and we stayed for several hours, with our picnic.
We headed for an easy 1 mile walk in Brown Robin Woods Nature Reserve, in Grange over Sands. And, being the end of April, the bluebells were out, which made this walk very pretty indeed.
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.
Brandlehow is an easy, low level walk, along the shores of Derwentwater in the Lake District. This mostly flat (but not pushchair friendly) circular walk is about 2.3 miles and can be started at any point on the route.
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.
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 we visited RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve, near Silverdale. It’s a lovely family day out, including several trails, most of which are wheelchair / pushchair friendly, from 0.5 mile up to 2 miles.
Lowther Castle, near Penrith is a fantastic family day out. Suitable for picnics, long walks round the extensive gardens and of course, possibly the country’s best children’s adventure playground: the Lost Castle.