|A village at the heart of the Lake District National Park that has somehow managed to retain all of its charm despite its popularity.
Walking is typical Lakeland: either a gentle stroll by a lake or scrambling up a cliff.
Loughrigg Cave (an old slate mine) is impressive as is Helm Crag topped with The Lion and The Lamb which dominates the village.
|Walk Details (to date)|
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|A Walk||Robert Eccles, 12 miles Strenuous|
|We start the same as Carol and Derrick; off the coach at the Low Wood Hotel and climb to High Skelghyll then drop into Ambleside. Next is Miller Brow, Lily Tarn, before we're onto and over Loughrigg Fell. Continuing north-west we climb as far as Blea Crag before dropping to Easdale Tarn and Far Easdale. Finally we turn south east and make for Grasmere. Overall 3,300 feet of ascent with, weather permitting, fantastic views especially of the Langdales and the likes of Bow Fell and Pavey Ark.|
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|B Walk||Paul Brown, 10 miles Moderate|
| ||We alight on the A591 north of Troutbeck Bridge (grid ref. NY 394 009) and follow Wain Lane to Middlerigg Tarn, then climb steadily for about a mile to join Robin Lane, an undulating track which we follow to High Skelghyll. We continue past Jenkin Crag then descend through pleasant woodland to Ambleside. We then walk to Rydal Hall and Rydal (Wordsworth associations), cross the A591, then cross the river Rothay to walk alongside Rydal Water. After Rydal Water a short climb then a descent to the south end of Grasmere Lake. We walk along the shore for about ¾ mile before joining a minor road which takes us into Grasmere village. If the weather is clear expect good views across Windermere to the mountains. |
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|C Walk||Michael Counter, 7 miles Moderate|
| ||Alight the coach in Ambleside, Rothay Park, Miller Brow, Loughrigg Fell 1101', dropping down to Loughrigg Terrace, High Close, Dow Bank, Speading Crag, Silver How 1292', dropping down Allan Bank and into Grasmere. This walk does involve lakeland fell hill walking, but that extra little effort is well worth it for the views down on to Grasmere|
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|D Walk||Carol Fielding, 7 miles Fairly Easy|
| ||Alight at Low Wood Hotel - climb 500' to High Skelghyl; Follow track
through Skelghyl Wood - visiting Jenkin Crag - into Ambleside.
From Scandale Bridge into Rydal Park, to Rydal Mount, and the old
corpse road - passing Dove Cottage - into Grasmere.
A Wordsworth Walk!!!|
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|Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points|
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|Blackburn||08:10||Darwen : Boots Duckworth St|
|Blackburn||08:15||Darwen : Lynwood Avenue|
|Blackburn||08:15||Ewood : Aldi Bolton Road|
|Blackburn||08:20||Blackburn : Bus Station|
|Blackburn||08:30||Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog|
|Blackburn||08:35||Oswaldtwistle : Town Hall|
|Blackburn||08:45||Accrington : Peel / Infant St|
|Blackburn||08:50||Accrington : Victoria Hospital|
|Blackburn||09:00||Clayton : Hare and Hounds|
|Blackburn||09:05||Harwood : Nightingales Garage|
|Blackburn||09:10||Whalley : King Street|
|Blackburn||09:15||Clitheroe : York Street|
|Burnley||08:05||Nelson : Leeds Road|
|Burnley||08:10||Colne : Crown Hotel|
|Burnley||08:10||Colne : Library|
|Burnley||08:15||Colne : Alkincoates PO|
|Burnley||08:20||Barrowford : Heritage Centre|
|Burnley||08:30||Nelson : Bus Station|
|Burnley||08:35||Brierfield : Town Hall|
|Burnley||08:40||Burnley : Brennard Street|
|Burnley||08:45||Burnley : Bus Station|
|Burnley||08:45||Burnley : Tim Bobbin|
|Burnley||08:50||Padiham : Whitegates|
|Burnley||08:55||Padiham : Town Hall|
- Coaches to meet-up at Burton-in-Kendle services and travel together to Grasmere via the A591.
- B walk (Paul - Blackburn coach) getting off soon after Troutbeck Bridge on the A591.
- D walk (Carol - Blackburn coach) and A walk (Robert - Burnley) getting off near the Low Wood Hotel.
- C walk (Michael - Blackburn coach) getting off in Ambleside.
- Coaches to park in main Grasmere car park just off Stocks Lane (parking should be £7 per coach) where (to date) everyone will get back on the coach.
- On the return; Blackburn coach to drop of at Darwen first; Burnley at Padiham.
- NB: Some people may want to get off or back on at Windermere (Station) or Ambleside (Water Side). Couriers will know better on the day.