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.
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.
Fisherplace Gill waterfalls, above Thirlmere are absolutely beautiful. And make for a perfect family walk starting from The King’s Head Hotel. The walk is less than 1.5 miles in total, out and back. The terrain is a bit rocky, and can be slippy when wet, but is lots of fun for the kids to scramble on! And as this is such a short walk, it’s perfect for little legs.
The Queen’s Head is a former 17th century coaching inn, overlooking the Troutbeck valley, on the Windermere side of the Kirkstone Pass. The building is beautiful, and has maintained all of its character and history. The food is absolutely delicious. A blend of home cooked classic pub food, but with a Cumbrian flair.
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.
Grange over Sands is a lovely little town, with an absolutely perfect promenade for a short or long family walk. It has a cafe, playground, skate park and is traffic free and virtually flat, so ideal for all types of wheels, including pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Today’s easy 1.2 mile walk is one you can do in the rain. The Alphabet Trail at Serpentine Woods in Kendal gives kids and adults alike a sculpture adventure. Don’t forget your wellies!