GPS Cycle and Walking Routes. Lake District Walks. One of the most popular places for walkers in the country, the Lake District has it all. With towering mountains, beautiful lakes, peaceful forests and rushing waterfalls, it's a walker's paradise For a selection of circular walks in the region go to our Lake District Circular Walks page. You can also see walks in the popular South Lakes region only. Use the filter to show walks of a certain type such as woods, reservoirs, hills, long distance, country parks, canals and rivers The walk start from the good sized White Moss Common car park off the A591 near Rydal Water and Grasmere Lake. The route heads north to White Moss Common, passing Lady Wood and White Moss Tarn.
The upland areas of the North of England are a joy to walk. Using a combination of recognised long distance paths the author traces a route from Preston to Carlisle linking the two rail stations and along the way passing through the most scenic and inspiring sections of these walks. Price: £13.99 RRP: £16.99 The book of the successful and unique “Wainwrights in Colour” project by Andy Beck is now available. It features all of the 214 Lakeland Fells and all of the 1500+ watercolour sketches which Andy has produced to complete this body of work.
It is a limited edition of only 5000 signed and numbered copies. Price: £39.00
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Cumbria & the Lake District is the UK's favourite destination for walking enthusiasts due to the huge number and variety of walking routes, each with their own unique features. Most famous walks are accessible from Cumbrian towns, and are served by public transport all year round.
It could be that you're looking for a challenging one day hill walk, multi day trial or a gentle stroll, Cumbria has it all, including: • England's tallest mountain - Scafell Pike measuring 978m (3209 feet) • England's deepest lake - Wastwater at 74m (243 feet) • England's longest lake - Windermere at 10.5 miles (17km) A host of articles and guide books, including those of the famous Lakeland fell walker Wainwright have made the many classic walks beside English Lakes and through scenic valleys famous.
Search for your perfect Lake District Cumbrian walk using our search facility below. Cumbria scoops 5 of the top 10 walks in public vote! Britain's Favourite Walks, the ITV programme presented by Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba showcased the favourite 100 walks of British public.
Cumbria featured highly, with 5 of the top 10 walks, and Helvellyn chosen as the nation's favourite walk. In total, Cumbria was featured 6 times, with the following walks: Most famous Lakeland walks are accessible from Cumbrian towns, or are served by public transport all year round. If you're looking for something of a less-strenuous level, there are walking routes suitable for the whole family, including those that will accommodate buggies, wheelchairs and walking aids.
You've booked your accommodation. Now for the fun part, how should you fill your time here? If you like walking and like to meet other people that do the same, then you're in the right place.
Check out our events calendar to see what walking events are taking place around the county during your visit. Grab those walking boots and let’s get going.
Whether you’re relaxing outside in the holiday sun, or snuggled up warm on a dark winter’s night, there’s nothing quite like the company of a really good fiction book. But, as this is a blog about the Lake District, did you know that the area has inspired quite a few novels of its own?
Here I’ve compiled a list of some of the many books set in or featuring the region, and from what I’ve read in the reviews, the Lakes is a surprisingly dangerous place… 1.
The Lake District Murder by John Bude This book, as a classic mystery novel set amongst the stunning scenery of a small Lake District village, has recently been republished for the first time since the 1930s. John Bude was in fact the pseudonym of Ernest Elmore, who wrote 30 novels, worked in theatre as a producer and director, and was a co-founder of the Crime Writers’ Association.
I love its distinctive cover design. 2. The Lake District Series by Martin Edwards: The Frozen Shroud, The Coffin Trail, The Cipher Garden, The Arsenic Labyrinth, The Serpent Pool and The Hanging Wood A featuring the characters DCI Hannah Scarlett, who heads Cumbria Constabulary’s Cold Case Review Team, and Oxford historian Daniel Kind. 3. The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid A in which Wordsworth specialist, Jane Gresham, finds herself at the heart of a mystery linking present-day murder to events in the 18th century.
4. All Quiet on the Orient Express by Magnus Mills The second novel by the Booker shortlisted author, described as a ‘tragi-comedy’ in which the narrator (who is unnamed) spends a few weeks at a campsite in the Lake District before planning to set off on a motorcycle trip to India. The book description reads: “But then the owner of the campsite asks him to paint a fence and he innocently obliges.
Soon other odd jobs pile up until little by little he becomes ensnared in the ominous ‘out-of-season’.” The plot for this book sounds eerily sinister – just read this 5. An April Shroud by Reginald Hill The fourth novel in the Dalziel and Pascoe series. Superintendent Dalziel is on holiday when he is rescued from flood water, and taken to Lake House where the owner has just tragically died. He falls for attractive widow Bonnie Fielding, but more deaths follow… 6.
Lake District Mysteries by Rebecca Tope: The Windermere Witness, The Ambleside Alibi and The Coniston Case Persimmon (Simmy) Brown is a florist working in Windermere and living in Troutbeck. In , she reluctantly finds herself drawn into a murder investigation after arranging the flowers for a local wedding, and subsequently finds herself involved in fresh murder mysteries in the two novels that follow.
7. Haweswater by Sarah Hall In 1936, a man from Manchester arrives in Mardale: he is the spokesman for an industrial project that will see the community evacuated and flooded to create a new reservoir, which will supply water to the Midland cities.
is described as a melancholic and emotional novel, which is well worth the read. 8. The Fell Walker by Michael Wood Described as a ‘fast-moving thriller’,Â The Fell WalkerÂ is based in the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands and Manila.
Within the plot, a government minister is found dead at the foot of a Lake District mountain. There is also a sequel with the title The Fell Walker’s Legacy. 9. The Maid of Buttermere by Melvyn Bragg A historical novel, The Maid of Buttermere is set in the early 19th century, and is the ‘story of an imposter, bigamist and fortune hunter’ who falls in love with the ‘Maid of Buttermere’. The novel was adapted into a play at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake in 2009.
10. A Grave Affair by Nina Green The second of three novels all set in Cumbria, , is described as ‘not one for reading alone or at night!’ It tells the story of Jo Cavanagh, a writer who rents a remote cottage in the Lakes to write her new book.
Jo has an accident and an out of body experience, and returns to a series of events which link the past to the present in a terrifying way.
11. Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George of mysteries. When Inspector Thomas Lynley is sent undercover to investigate what has been ruled as an accidental drowning, it turns out that nothing about the victim’s family is as it seems… and last but not least, for Doctor Who fans: 12.
Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons by Stephen Cole The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Martha to the Lake District in 1909, where everyone is looking for the ‘Beast of Westmorland’, a monster that has been terrorising a small village.
However, there is something far more sinister than the monster present in the area, which sees the future of the world at stake. And a few more for good measure… In my research for this blog post, I come across a number of other novels which are set in, or feature, the Lakes. I haven’t given them a full description because I thought to do so would create a long and rather tedious article (my choice of what appears above and below is not based on any particular recommendation of my own).
So to complete the list, you may also like to look at: by Martha Grimes A Cry in the Night by Tom Grieves Coast to Coast by Jan Minshull Hazard’s Way by Roger Hubank by Sarah Hall by Richard Adams (author of Watership Down) Merely a Mister by Sherry Lynn Ferguson A Romance of Wastdale by AEW Mason The Woman from Browhead and When morning Comes by Audrey Howard by Brooke Powley by Ian McEwan all by Ruth Sutton Do you know of any further titles that should be added to this list?
Have you read any of these novels, and if so, what did you think?Â Let us know by leaving a comment below. (I deliberately left out novels from the wider Cumbria area on this occasion, but your recommendations on these are also very welcome.) Hello, I'm Janine, and I'm exploring the Lake District in search of the area's very best hidden gems!
If, like me, you love the Lakes and enjoy the simple things in life (you won't find me in the mountains on this blog, but maybe in a tearoom!), join me again to read more about my latest local finds and adventures. Many thanks for your comment Dave. I’d not come across The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill before – sounds like quite a plot, so I’ll definitely be adding that one to the list!
Thanks also for reminding me about the Herries Chronicles by Hugh Walpole – I recently bought the first one, but haven’t got round to reading it. With all the great suggestions I’ve received, I think a second blog post is definitely due!
ðŸ™‚ • Thanks very much for taking the time to comment Stan. The Maid of Buttermere is listed above, but I agree the Herries Chronicles definitely needs to be included. I’ve received a few other suggestions over on social media since I wrote this, so I think it’s time to create a follow-up post!
Some books were a tricky decision, as to create a manageable list I decided to include only Lake District settings and not the wider Cumbria area – perhaps I could look at widening this in future… • I am reading The Pastor by Eugene Peterson, and in it he says he read a murder mystery set in the Lake District where no one would talk to the investigator, so he posed as an author and hired a handful of elderly local ladies to type for him.
He set them to typing out random bits of books and sat in the next room and listened to them gossip about local affairs and thus solved the murder. Ring any bells? • Hello Andras, Thank you for your question. The only novel I can think of at the moment that comes close is ‘The Windermere Witness’ by Rebecca Tope, although I’m not sure from your comment whether it’s quite what you’re looking for.
It is set mostly in Windermere village, but has scenes in Bowness village, at the Storrs Hall Hotel (outside Bowness) and in the Troutbeck valley and Ambleside also. I can’t think of any other novels set in Bowness itself. There are plenty of local novels I haven’t yet read, so if anyone reading this can help, please do leave a comment! • Hello Rebecca, You set me a challenge, as in the back of my mind I knew I’d seen novels featuring scenes in Kendal, in a write-up for the local paper!
Here’s the article (the author is JJ Salkeld, the pen name of Richard Simpson): There are 10 of his books on Amazon, but I’ll leave it to you to seek out which ones feature Kendal!
ðŸ™‚ • Hi Janine. I’m the Director of Dalton-in-Furness Literature Festival and last year we featured almost all Cumbrian writers. A few names for you: Ruth Sutton, Gill Jepson, Helen Phifer, Kerry Darbishire, Irvine Hunt, Gareth Thompson.
But thanks for your list which had some I may well call upon. Cheers, Ron Creer • Thank you Ron, the Literature Festival sounds great. I’m afraid that my list is now going ‘out of date’ rapidly, as I’ve come across more and more new Lake District writers since I wrote the post. The Lakes and Cumbria do seem to inspire the written imagination! Thank you very much for your further recommendations – some I have heard of, but I will take a look at the other names too.
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