By Rachael Parkin
Walking is such a simple thing – most of us do it every single day. But here in the Lake District walking is even more special with endless opportunities to explore and discover so pack a picnic, lace up your boots and head out to create some memories that will last a lifetime.
Our cottages are located within some of the country’s most stunning scenery and there is no better way to take it all in than embarking on a rejuvenating, family walk. Stretch your legs, breathe in some fresh Cumbrian air and enjoy the wonderful views along the way.
We’ve put together some of our favourite family walks, perfect for those with little legs, longer legs and four legs alike! All these routes feature some added extra interest to keep little ones occupied and interested along the way.
1. Cathedral Cavern from Tilberthwaite
Hidden deep in the woods, the impressive Cathedral Cavern is the destination for this gem of a walk. The walk starts at Tilberthwaite, easily accessible from any of our Coniston based cottages, a beautiful and serene valley nestled underneath the imposing Wetherlam Mountain. The walk winds its way through Hodge Close Quarries and ancient woodland before a “secret tunnel” brings you out into the magical Cathedral Cavern. A walk absolutely guaranteed to delight anyone with an adventurous spirit both young and old. Don’t forget your torches! Full details of the route can be found here.
2. Coppermines Circular
If you’re lucky enough to be staying in one of our Mountain Cottages or perhaps you simply wish to explore the historic Coppermines Valley then this fascinating walk has plenty to offer. Wander past the ancient spoil heaps and gaze upwards towards the summits of The Old Man of Coniston and Swirl How before winding your way gently around the valley and back towards the village of Coniston. This is a unique walk in an awe-inspiring valley of national importance and simply not be missed! The full route can be found here.
3. Tarn Hows from Yew Tree Farm
No trip to the Coniston area is complete without a walk around the picturesque Tarn Hows. From the National Trust Tarn Hows car park the walk is pushchair and wheelchair accessible however for those wishing to explore even further the walk can be also started near Yew Tree Farm (once owned by Beatrix Potter and used as her home in the film “Miss Potter”). Escape the crowds and climb up to Tarn Howes alongside hidden, tumbling waterfalls before emerging at the iconic tarn. A map of this route can be found here.
4. High Dam
Located nearby to Grange Cottage close to the shores of Windermere High Dam is a haven for walkers and wildlife alike. Built to provide water for the nearby Stott Park Bobbin Mill, High Dam is a hidden jewel just waiting to be discovered. A wooded walk takes you up to a tranquil tarn and the circular route takes in bridges and boardwalks over streams and bogs. Perfect for a spot of troll hunting! The full route can be found here.
5. Gummers How
This short, family-friendly walk guarantees simply incredible views, without the need to scale the heights of the regions more imposing fells, giving the whole family a real sense of achievement at reaching the (usually rather breezy) summit. The top of Gummers How provides plenty of envy-inducing photo opportunities with the full length of Windermere beneath you and a stunning backdrop of Lake District Mountains laid out before you (and guests staying at Beech Tree Cottage may even be able to spot their holiday home). Unmissable! Full details of this walk can be found here.
6. Grizedale Forest – The Clockwork Forest
Perfect for those with very young children who perhaps need a little extra persuasion to enjoy a walk this short and gentle stroll has plenty to keep them interested along the way – and its pushchair accessible too. Children can hide in miniature houses, wind the clockwork trees and listen to the forest come alive with music. The walk can also be extended to take in other unique sculptures hidden throughout the forest. Further information can be found here.
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