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Top 4 Short Walks in the Lake District

Tarn Hows, Coniston

Take a stroll around Tarn Hows, land once belonging to the late Beatrix Potter and later sold to the National Trust.

A walk that showcases some of the best Lake District mountains and viewpoints with minimal effort. This is a walk suited to everybody, prams and all!

Regardless of the weather (and let’s be honest the chance of it being a wet one is highly likely), Tarn Hows is very easy to get around.

A walk set 600ft in the hills above Coniston, now that sounds daunting! But don’t worry, you can take away the strain by driving up the narrow roads to the car park at the top.

From there, head off on the 1 ½ mile circular pathway whilst taking in the views of the Langdale Pikes, and after half an hour or so, you’ll be back where you started.

After all that hard work, it’s only right you treat yourself to some good grub and a pint of amber nectar. If only there were somewhere serving locally-inspired brews and Cumbrian dishesAh yes, The Drunken Duck Inn!

A short 6 minute drive, heading North towards Ambleside and you’re there.

As far as Gastro Pubs go in the Lake District, The Drunken Duck Inn is one of the best. Expect some great food and friendly staff, all set within the beautifully dramatic landscape. The perfect way to end your afternoon amble at Tarn Hows!

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Todd Crag, Ambleside

A puff inducing climb to the summit of the Lake Districts largest peaks. That’s one way to experience the beautiful blend of mountains and water here in the Lakes. But if that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then don’t worry, we’ve got another solution.

Here on our doorstep in Ambleside, there are a number of lovely little hills that offer stunning views from their summits, without the need of a major expedition. And the pride of the pack? Todd Crag!

A short walk from the park in Ambleside and you’ll rise above the village quickly. Scramble to the top of rocky prow and be greeted by fantastic views that stretch right the way down to Windermere.

And whilst you’re up there, head off on a hunt to find a collection of beautiful tarns who call this lovely landscape home. Some of them will hide behind knolls, with others such as Lily Tarn resting right there on your path.

To reach this pretty little lake from Ambleside, simply walk across Rothay Park from the town centre and head up the tracks from the fell side of Miller Brow.  

The views of the surrounding fells and mountains (and Windermere of course), are simply stunning. This really is a special place, so make sure you head up there and see for yourself. 

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Blea Tarn, Little Langdale

A wildlife haven and a photographer’s dream!

Are you visiting the Langdale Valleys for the first time, or even the lakes for that matter? Unsure where to venture to get a real taste of the magnificent Lake District landscape? Then lace up those walking boots (don’t forget a waterproof), and head to Blea Tarn.

Nestled in Little Langdale, (a quaint hamlet made up of a few scattered stone houses and a good pub of course), Blea Tarn never disappoints. It’s always a highlight for many of us on a day out in the lakes, even if the skies are a bit moody. It’s a great place for a gentle walk, yet still allows you to experience plenty of dramatic panoramic scenery, slap bang in the heart of the Langdales.

There’s a national trust car park nearby, so you can park up, cross the road, head through the gate down towards the tarn and you’re on your way.

Magnificent views surrounding you in both directions, (as is usually the case in the Lakes), so make sure you take your time and soak it all in. Follow the route round the tarn and you’ll enter some wooded areas with plenty of benches to rest your legs, tuck into a picnic, and appreciate the views.

As you emerge from the wood, the main path will continue out onto the open fell, heading uphill. And once you’re through the final gate, the magic really happens. You’ll come to the brow of the hill and witness some breath-taking views of the Langdale Valley. You’ll want to get your camera out and take plenty of snaps, so make sure you’ve charged those batteries the night before!

Once you’ve taken enough pics and feel ready to plod on, you’ll have two choices to return to your starting point. Either retrace your steps back to the car park, or walk back along Blea Tarn road to complete a circular route. Now doesn’t that sound like a fine first trip to the Langdales

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Latrigg, Keswick

You didn’t think we’d forget about Keswick did you?

If a short walk in the Northern Lakes with stunning views is what you had in mind, then a visit to Latrigg might just be the ticket!

It’s certainly a must do if you’re visiting Keswick - the lovely historical market town with an abundance of things to see and do.

Situated in the North of the town, you can drive to the Gale Road car park and begin your walk by following the path to the top of Latrigg, signposted “Latrigg Viewpoint”.

It’s an easy to path to follow underfoot, although it can get a little steep at times. But it’s well worth the climb for what greets you at the top.

Views from the summit over Keswick and Derwentwater are absolutely stunning. You’ll also witness Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake from the top too, as long as the weather permits!

A lovely up and own route with a circular route round the summit. If you’re looking for an easy Sunday stroll on your next visit to Keswick, Latrigg is the place to go. 

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