Walks Grasmere, Ambleside & Windermere – Author: Richard Hallewell
At the end of last year we rewalked one of our most popular guides. Although the geographical area covered is tiny – the smallest of any of our guides – such is the density of good footpaths in the heart of the Lake District that this is a very strong selection of walks. The hills are rugged; the lakes and tarns numerous and varied; the dales winding and beautiful. And the whole area is criss-crossed by a web of footpaths which can be linked to make walks of any length.
Usually, Lake District rewalks are simple affairs. The routes have been established for so long that there are rarely any major changes. This time around things were slightly different. Bridges removed (Great Langdale) or added (Skelwith Bridge); paths altered (Tarn Howes to Coniston) or removed (Brundholme Wood); the ever shifting paths on the east side of Loughrigg – virtually every route needed an alteration of some kind to bring it up to date. Well, the changes have been made and the updated guide is now available (now at £2.50, to bring it more into line with the other books in the series).
This is a very popular area, of course, and very busy – it is some time since I braved walking around Ambleside in high Summer – but for sheer quality and variety of walking within a given area, the Lake District remains hard to beat.