The Langdale Pikes

A great mountain walk in Central Lakeland with far-reaching views and described in minute detail by Alfred Wainwright in one of his famous walking guides – first published in 1952 and still going strong. The Langdale Pikes are one the best-known features of Great Langdale and consist of: Pavey Ark, Thunacar Knott, Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle.

Elterwater

We love walking slightly out-of-season in Cumbria. Elterwater/Little Langdale Round is a favourite easy, low-level walk  – ideal for when the weather closes in and the summits are shrouded in low cloud. It’s a well-used, popular circuit beginning at Elterwater, taking in Colwith Force and Slater’s Bridge at Little Langdale.

Cartmel

Cartmel lies on the outskirts of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria – a village with a colourful and interesting history underpinned by the imposing Cartmel Priory, which was founded in 1190. The racecourse circling the village must be the smallest, most scenic course in the country; although it often has the third-highest average attendance of any jumps track in Britain after Aintree and Cheltenham – the largest crowds can be just over 20,000 on one day. Cartmel is also famous for its Sticky-Toffee Pudding shop, and boasts more than one Michelin star restaurant.

 

 

Buttermere

If we’re not walking the Welsh hills, then Cumbria in North West England is always our next choice. Buttermere – and its lake of the same name – is one of many quintessential English villages in the Lake District. And nearby Haystacks was the favourite peak of the famous walker, author and illustrator, Alfred Wainwright. In fact his ashes are scattered at the Innominate Tarn. Wainwright advised future walkers: should you get a bit of grit in your boot as you cross Haystacks in the years to come, please treat it with respect, it might be me.