Kailpot Crag, Ullswater

A high, gnarly crag plummets into deep water. Great for jumps and snorkelling. Wood behind, beach alongside. Directions: Take the ferry to Howtown and follow the shore path a mile SW. Or take Howtown turning from Pooley Bridge, N of Ullswater, and follow it 4 miles to Howtown pier (tricky parking) or Sandwick. You’ll pass […]

Coniston Fells

Distance: 8.5miles/13.5km Ascent: 1105 metres Start Info: Sun Hotel, Coniston LA21 8HQ Info: wildrunning.net/2102 Directions: Set off on the footpath beside the pub to the bridge over Church Beck. Don’t cross but stay on the path following the beck, which then bears to the L west to the path junction with the Walna Scar route […]

Blackmoss Pot, Langstrath

A deep pot / gorge with 15 foot cliff for jumping. Interesting rock formations. Fun, open, sunny. Directions: From Galleny continue along the river path a further 11⁄2 miles, 300m after Blea Rock (the house-sized boulder on far L). Many more pools upstream a mile at footbridge (Swan Dub, Tray Dub)

Eskdale

Distance: 5miles/7.5km Ascent: 317 metres Start Info: Dalegarth Station, CA19 1TF Info: wildrunning.net/2100 Directions: Head along the road towards Boot and turn R opposite the pub down a track, past Eskview Farm and the church to the River Esk. Cross and turn L following the riverside path up the valley and slightly south to Low […]

Brown Howe, Lake Coniston

Car park, slipway, toilets, grassy banks and a long stretch of beach make this popular with families and those with small boats. Directions: On W shore (A5084) 2 miles S of Blawith. Coniston Hall campsite (LA21 8AS, 01539 441223) is a few miles further N, with a great shoreside location, though can be busy.

Langdale Pikes

Distance: 6miles/9.5km Ascent: 1087m Start: Sticklebarn car park, LA22 9JU Info: wildrunning.net/2103 Directions: Follow the path around the back of the pub and up the Stickle Ghyll valley to a bridge over the new hydroelectric dam. Cross and turn L uphill to the south-east corner of Stickle Tarn. Follow the path around to the R […]

Buckstones Jum, Rydal Beck

A deep triangular plunge pool with huge rock slab. Large pebble beach. Views down to Rydal Water. Open access land. , Directions: From Rydal Bower continue climbing steeply 300m, past several more pools and falls. NB The direct track up via Hart Head is a private road. There is a further excellent waterfall pool another […]

Fairfield Horseshoe

Distance: 11miles/17.5km Ascent: 1023metres Start: Rydal Road car park, LA22 9AN Info: wildrunning.net/2106 Directions: Ambleside, turn R onto a footpath shortly after crossing Scandale Bridge. Head alongside Scandale Beck before bearing L away from the beck on a good path across Rydal Park and past Rydal Hall. Turn R, passing Hart Head Farm and climbing […]

High Dam & Bobbin Mill

Two idyllic lakes, hidden in Scots pine and larch woodland in low foothills, with plenty of places to swim and paddle from rocky headlands. Possibly our favourite mid-level tarn. It was formed in 1835 when the original Finsthwaite Tarn was enlarged to provide power for a waterwheel at Stott Park Bobbin Mill (now intriguingly restored […]

Blencathra

Distance: 4.5miles/7km Ascent: 773 metres Start: Comb Beck bridge, NE of Scales Farm, CA12 4SY Info: wildrunning.net/2111 Directions: Take the path up Comb Beck into Mousthwaite Comb, curving R uphill to the path junction on the col at NY 346278. Turn L and follow the path, staying R above the Glenderamackin River to Scales Beck. […]