Winter walking in the Lake District

The sun is currently shining down on the Lake District even now it’s winter, highlighting its beauty ten-fold, and what better way to make the most of it than to take a walk right through its heart.

This walk begins and ends at Cuckoo Brow Inn in the pretty area of Near and Far Sawrey, and gives a lovely taste of the area without the difficulty of climbing the highest fells and it takes around 3 hours with stunning views across Lake Windermere.

1) From Cuckoo Brow Inn, take a right hand turn and take the next right hand turn, Cuckoo Brow Lane. Follow this lane for just over 1km.
2) When you come to a fork in the road, take the right hand path and follow this up Cuckoo Brow Hill, passing Moss Eccles tarn and then Wise Een tarn, both on your left hand side. Continue along this path, through the “haunted” Claife Heights (if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the “Claife Cryer”…).
3) At Hollin Bland Plantation (approximately 1km after Wise Een tarn), you will come to a crossroads. Take the right hand turn and follow this path for slightly more than 1km, until it runs out and you come to a T junction at Low Blind How. At this point take the right hand turn and follow the path, again to its end, for around 1.25kms.

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4) You should again be at a T junction, and should again take the right hand path. This path should lead you all the way back to the road in Far Sawrey.
5) Take a right hand turn on this road, and a short walk along here will lead you back to Cuckoo Brow. At this point, we are sure that you will have worked up a serious appetite, and our bar will be ready and waiting to serve you our delicious Herdwick Hotpot, amongst other tasty country fare.

Circular walk
Terrain: rough in parts (walking boots required)
Duration: approx 3 hours
Difficulty: moderate

Why not stay at the Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn too. They offer a choice of 14 rooms to stay in on a bed & breakfast basis. You can’t help but soak up the history of Beatrix Potter. Hill Top is Beatrix Potter’s 17th century farmhouse where she lived and that gave her so much inspiration for her books and is just a 5 minute walk from the inn. Now owned by the National Trust, Hill Top is a real gem of a place to visit for people of all ages including the Hill Top garden which will satisfy any keen green fingered visitor.