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 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.
This 3 mile family walk takes in Ashness Bridge, Surprise View and Lodore Falls. With an optional visit to the delicious Mary Mount hotel and pub, on the shores of Derwentwater.
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.
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.
We stopped off to have a look at Spout Force, just to the west of Whinlatter Forest. This walk is best done when the leaves are not on the trees! If you go up there in the height of summer you’re only likely to see a tiny slither of waterfall inbetween all the trees and shrubs.
Scale Force is a beautiful waterfall near Crummock Water. It’s probably best seen before the tree foliage gets too thick, but it was still worth a visit today.