If walking is the UK’s national pastime, then the Lake District has to be the location of choice to stretch our legs. Walking through our beautiful National Park is something everyone should experience in their lifetime!
Not all walks have to be challenging; we’re lucky to have a range of accessible routes nearby for wheelchair users, families with pushchairs and little walkers, and anyone who fancies a leisurely walk surrounded by stunning scenery. Strap on your boots and set of from The Pheasant to one of these lovely strolls:
Dubwath Silver Meadows and Ouse Bridge
Starting point: just 200m from the Pheasant Inn.
One for birdwatchers of all ages, this purpose-built walk explores ‘Bassenthwaite Reflections’ – the Lake District’s first wetlands nature reserve with 7.15 hectares of natural fen habitat. Pick up the start of the route at grid ref. NY 198309 and take in this gentle 2.5km circuit. The route is a mix of stone paths and innovative boardwalks made from recycled plastic bottles, all flat and accessible for every type of walker. Viewing points are dotted around the reserve with hides and shelters crafted by volunteers using willow weaving and wattle and daub.
Starting point: public car park in Buttermere village
This is a peaceful walk around Buttermere, with incredible views of the valley and beautiful contrasting colours of the deep blue lake, vibrant green grass and the grey mountains overhead. Leave the car park and turn right at the Fish Inn, following signs to the lake and taking the left route down to the shoreline. The route takes in Burtness Wood with panoramic views across the water to Robinson, Hindscarth and Dale Head fells. After 1.5km when you reach the woodland boundary, turn around and walk back the way you came – the onward route is more difficult with narrow paths.
Mirehouse and St Bega’s Church
Starting point: Dodd Wood car park
A great walk for anyone interested in architecture; head downhill from Dodd Wood car park and cross the A591 to the gated public footpath. The walk passes the 17th century stately manor of Mirehouse, set in a secluded location with dramatic mountains rising behind it. The path then runs through pretty meadows to St Bega’s Church, which has many interesting pre-Norman features and was visited by William Wordsworth and Lord Tennyson during their time in the Lake District. The area around St Bega’s church has beautiful views of Lord’s Seat over Bassenthwaite Lake, and you can then retrace your steps back to The Pheasant just in time for lunch!
Starting point: National Trust ticketed car park, car park grid ref. NY 253168
This short, easy route takes walkers to the incredible Bowderstone, a 2,000 ton rock thought to be carried to its resting place from Scotland by the Ice Age glaciers. Take the path from the car park past an old quarry and peek over the side to spot groups of abseilers. This part of the walk is in the Jaws of Borrowdale, the narrowest part of the valley with spectacular views of the woodlands and fells. The half a mile loop takes in these natural wonders on well-surfaced tracks suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Our chefs can prepare a tasty packed lunch to take on your walk – ask at reception for our order form. To book your next walking holiday at The Pheasant Inn near Bassenthwaite Lake visit our booking page.
These walks and more accessible routes are all featured on the fantastic ‘Miles Without Styles’ map, compiled by the Lake District National Park authority.