WALKS & RUNS A SHORT DRIVE
Here are some of our favourite local walks or runs that start just outside our front door. These vary in terms of their distance from a couple of miles to full days out in landscapes surrounding Shap.
Walks/ runs a short drive away
Haweswater Reservoir and High Street range
Haweswater Reservoir is about 20-minute drive from New Ing Lodge and offers options for numerous walks across Wainwright’s Far Eastern Fells of Lake District National Park. There is a car park at the end of the reservoir but it gets quite busy in the summer season, so you want to leave early if you want to bag a spot.
Swindale valley and waterfalls
The picturesque valley of Swindale was much beloved by Alfred Wainwright and rightfully so. It’s about a 10-minute drive with some roadside parking available just before the first cattle grid (grid reference NY52576 14183) and a low level route at the valley floor marked by blue arrows that takes you to the magnificent waterfalls at the end of the valley and back.
Distance 4.7 mi / 7.6 km
Askham fell and village
Askham is a beautiful little village about a 10-minute drive from our door and offers many walks for all different levels. There are walks along the river and around Askham Hall and Lowther Castle as well as access to open fell which offers amazing views across Ullswater and many shorter and longer routes on the fell including ancient stone circles and Wainwrights.
National Nature Reserve of Great Asby Scar and Sunbiggin Tarn
Westmoreland Dales are the western part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and definitely worth exploring. The Great Asby Scar is one of the best examples of limestone pavements in Britain and hosts a variety of wildlife around scar as well as around Sunbiggin Tarn. Castle Folds Settlements, one of the most important Romano-Britain sites, is also situated among the limestone pavement. You can see one suggestion for a route on the map.
Knipe Scar overlooks the nearby villages of Bampton and Bampton Grange and has excellent views towards Swindale and Haweswater and the Far Eastern Fells. This Outlying Wainwright is a short and easy walk for the whole family.
Parking is on Knipe road (turn right just before Bampton Grange) just after the cattle grid on the right.
Four Stones Hill from Burnbanks
This is a great walk in the less frequented paths along and above Haweswater reservoir from the hamlet of Burnbanks just at the bottom of the lake. It offers beautiful views across the reservoir and the hills surrounding it. Some parking available at Burnbanks, about 15-minute drive from our door.
The other Borrowdale
This Borrowdale is just a 10-minute or less drive from our door towards Kendal on the A6.
There is a layby just at the dip and it offers remote quietness and great walking away from the bustling crowds of the Lake District. We have suggested a 9-kilometre route for you on the map.
Aira Force & Gowbarrow
Aira Force is a stunning waterfall by lake Ullswater and is about 35-minute drive from our door. You can walk just to the waterfalls and back on a circular route or extend it to also take in the nearby hill Gowbarrow. This is a well suited walk for families with kids, though if you’re extending it to Gowbarrow, please make sure you feel comfortable in the hills. There is a National Trust car park at the bottom of the walk.
Ullswater Way is a circular 20-mile walk around the lake signposted by Daffodil waymarkers.
It’s low-level and easily followed and you can combine walking parts of it with also hopping onto steamers or buses to get back to your starting point if you don’t fancy the whole thing in one go.
More information: https://www.ullswater.com/the-ullswater-way/
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