Autumn’s made for walking
Autumn means the crowds have gone , but the weather’s still perfect for walking and it’s a magical time to explore the Lake District National Park. We have 1800 miles of footpaths on our doorstep, beautiful woods, lakes and fells and the countryside comes alive with a riot of purples, reds, oranges and yellows. We think this is possibly the prettiest time of year to visit but a word of warning; only attempt the high routes in good weather and check the forecast before you set off. Here’s 5 of our favourite autumn walks from Whitbarrow. Don’t forget to share your pictures with us on our Facebook page. The best ones win a small gift!
Circular of Whitbarrow Scar via Lord’s Seat
This is a 1.25 mile circular walk along Whitbarrow Scar from Mill Side. Park off the A590 Levens Bridge to Grange road a few yards over the cattle grid, turning off at the signpost for Mill Side and Beck Head. The walk initially passes through woodland before climbing up onto Whitbarrow Scar via Lord’s Seat. From here you can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding area and out into Morecambe Bay. The path then drops off the Scar and follows through delightful woodland before passing by Witherslack Hall on the way back to the start.
Sizergh is a beautiful medieval house, with 17 acres of gardens and estate, all managed by the National Trust. You’ll find real variety in the gardens – from formal to the wilder landscape of the magnificent limestone rock garden. Even in autumn the kitchen garden remains busy and the beekeeper collects the last of the honey from the hives in the Orchard. The acers in the Rock garden create a magnificent display and are ablaze with colours.
If the weather’s wet even better… come and see Aira Force at its best and hear the thunderous roar of the waterfalls as the river falls 70ft into the plunge pools below. After parking your car at Aira Force National Trust car park, you’ll walk through woodland, open glades and get a wonderful view straight down Aira Force. Then enjoy expansive views over Ullswater from the summit of Gowbarrow including Place Fell and Red Screes over to Kirkstone, with the bulk of Helvellyn beyond.
Glenamara Park trail
Stretch your legs with this short easy walk through an ancient deer park and woodland with magnificent veteran trees and stunning views down Ullswater lake and surrounding mountains. Park your car at the Patterdale Hotel and begin your walk along the road. This easy walk on paths is suitable for all – but bring waterproof boots depending on the season as it can get pretty wet underfoot! Find full details of the trail here.
The Ullswater Way
Ullswater has been described as ‘England’s most beautiful lake’ and it certainly looks stunning in autumn. The Ullswater Way is a 21 mile walking route around Ullswater. It can be walked in either direction and from any starting point. For something a little different you can walk the route in shorter sections, hopping on and off the Ullswater Steamer on your way!