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Our recommendation for the best autumn walks

Jo Spencer - Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Autumn in the Lake District is one of the most spectacular times of the year, with an ever changing landscape creating some truly inspiring scenes. Luckily, we’re also enjoying an unusually balmy autumn, so whilst the going’s good, here’s our recommendation for the best walks for all abilities. Walking boots at the ready…

Grasmere:

This walk is pretty much on the flat, with little hill climbing, so it’s perfect for all! One of the most beautiful villages in the Lake District, Grasmere was home to William and Dorothy Wordsworth, both of whom are buried in the village churchyard. The walk around the lake is great for all weathers too and there are two options to take. 
You can either walk along the lake's western flank, found from a wrought iron gate off Red Bank Road. (To access the path, head to the centre of Grasmere, take a left at the Dale Lodge Hotel (stopping for an ale at Tweedies Bar!) opposite the church, and then carry on round Red Bank Road until you find the gate. The second way is to park at White Moss car park just off the A591 on the outskirts south of the village, and enjoy the walk through the woods to the lake.

Orrest Head, Windermere:

This extremely popular walk was made famous by Alfred Wainwright, who first embarked on it back in 1930. The start of the walk is very well positioned, just metres from Windermere Railway station, with the path easily accessible for those with buggies or in wheelchairs. The views down onto Lake Windermere are spectacular, and of course, it is mostly uphill! The distance is approximately 780 feet, but there are plenty of opportunities to rest and take photos on the way up!

Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge (and back again!):

This is a very gentle walk and all on the flat, so perfect for walkers with buggies, wheelchairs and those who simply don’t like hills! The walk starts from the National Trust car park in the centre of Elterwater and takes around 45 minutes at a gentle pace to Skelwith Bridge, passing the waterfalls on the way. Whilst at Skelwith Bridge, pop into ‘Chesters’ for lunch, before the walk back to Elterwater! You can also do this walk the other way around: park at ‘Chesters’, walk to Elterwater and enjoy lunch at the historical ‘Britannia Inn’.

Newlands Round, near Keswick:

Newlands is a very pretty Lakeland valley in the North Lakes, although this walk is a little more challenging. You will however be rewarded with stunning views over Derwentwater on a clear day. The 3 fells of Robinson, Hindscarth and Dale Head form a neat circuit above Little Town and are around 550 feet high, although the total height to climb in this walk is in excess of 3,000 feet. You can start just outside of Little Town. Park near the stream, cross the bridge and take the lane past Newlands church heading for Robinson.

Ruskin’s View, Kirkby Lonsdale:

This is a very famous walk and viewpoint. Turner depicted it on canvas and Victorian philosopher, Ruskin, described it as ‘one of the loveliest in England.’ Located in the historical and charming town of Kirkby Lonsdale on the border of Cumbria and Lancashire, the riverside route starts at Devil's Bridge over the River Lune, and signposts will guide you to the viewpoint, although this way culminates in a steep set of steps. Alternatively, you can start this walk from the charming town centre, where it's less than half-a-mile on the flat all the way. There is seating available so you can admire the spectacular views and there are plenty of excellent cafés and pubs in the town, for re-fuelling!
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