The walk up to Yew Barrow, near Newby Bridge in the southern Lake District, is less than 2 miles and is only a gentle 430 feet of ascent. The clockwise “lollypop” loop offers beautiful views over the Yew Barrow reservoir, and a very quiet and peaceful walk through the Lake District countryside.
This is a beautiful, 4.75 mile, mostly flat walk to see the Bronze Age stone circle, Long Meg, and then to explore Lacy’s Caves on the River Eden near Penrith.
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.
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 completed a very wet and boggy circular walk up to Simpson Ground Reservoir, south west of Bowland Bridge. The views are beautiful and probably even more brilliant is the fact that we saw not a single other human being on the entire 3.4 mile walk!
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.
Coniston Water is one of our favourite lakes in the Lake District, and is accessible from many areas. Here is the perfect family picnic, based near the Bluebird Cafe in Coniston itself.
Sella Rock, about a mile south of Ulpha village, is a beautiful little picnic spot. We’ve driven past here many a time, on the way to or from our family walks. And we’ve often seen people picnic’ing and frolicking by the river bank. Well today we finally made a stop there!