Posted 23rd Sep 2015
Explore the Great British countryside on foot this autumn, whether it’s a leisurely stroll to the pub, a ramble across the fields or a challenging uphill hike, the Lake District offers a riot of colour and a wealth of ways to stay active and enjoy the great outdoors
Enjoy classics such as the Monk Coniston and Tarns Hows walk – a picture-perfect amble setting off from the head of Coniston Water (pictured below right) to Tarn Hows, via the picturesque route created by 19th-century industrialist J G Marshall to wow guests at his country pile.
Or why not embark on the Old Man’s amble from Coniston to the summit of Coniston Old Man, a full day circular mountain walk above 600m, taking in one of the Lakes' finest summits, with stunning views in all directions.
You can also bag a few fells as you discover the Dow Crag and Goats Water walk. This easy circular walk takes in Brown Pike, Buck Pike and Dow Crag ridge. Although overlooked by the taller 'Old Man', the ridge gives fantastic views down into The Cove, Goats Water, and north to the unmistakable profile of the Scafells round to Bowfell and the Crinkles.
Or try the classic Parkamoor walk with a difference, starting and finishing with a trip on Coniston’s famous steam-powered Gondola, providing a perfect opportunity to view the area’s spectacular scenery from the water. Once disembarked, the route continues on foot, taking you through mixed woodland rich in both flora and fauna – a photographer's paradise. At the end of your walk, climb back aboard the Gondola to return to Coniston Pier and your starting point.
Hodge Close is a perfect place for family walks. This manageable, low level walk provides great views of the Langdale Pikes and surrounding fells, along with some unique insights into the industrial past of the area along the way.
The Yewdale Valley and Tilberthwaite also offers some great low level walking, a good way to enjoy the valley scenery. In late spring and early summer you will see the local Herdwick sheep with their distinctive black lambs (they are born black and go to grey as adults); you’ll pass some clues to the area’s industrial past, and, for film buffs, there’s the nearby Yew Tree Farm, which featured in the film Miss Potter doubling as Beatrix’s actual home, Hill Top. After periods of heavy rain look out for the cascade which appears at nearby White Gill, also known as the impressive White Lady.
Enjoy a stay with Coppermines and Lakes Cottages and discover the idyllic spot and take your pick from some of the UK’s most outstanding walks.
For those who love the countryside Mill Race (pictured below) Cottage, in the heart of the Coppermines Valley above the village of Coniston, offers the chance to explore the fascination of the fells. Or if that sounds like too much hard work you can simply relax, unwind and enjoy the clear mountain air beneath a stunning panorama of mountain peaks.
Mill race is a traditional Lakeland cottage complete with its own hot tub, perfect for relaxing in after a rewarding day exploring. Guests can also cosy up in front of the open fire, perfect for enjoying a glass or two of their favourite tipple as they recount the day’s adventures. A four night mid-week break in September costs £530. For more details on this cottage or others in the area please visit www.coppermines.co.uk.