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Miles without Stiles

Written by Natalie Barker on

Picture a walk in The Lake District in your head and it’s more than likely you’ll be thinking of walking the high fells. Whilst the fells are a great (and quite strenuous) day out, there is so much on offer for the more leisurely walker which can often be overlooked. . These walks still take in breathtaking scenery, mountains, lakes, historic buildings, great pubs & tea-rooms. The National Trust list 42 routes across the National Park suitable for people with limited mobility. Wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, dogwalkers with less active dogs and the visually impaired. More walks are being added all the time, mostly due to the hard work of our local rangers & volunteers.

Below is a sample walk, for the full list and maps visit the Lake District National Park website by following this link –  LDNP

Miles Without Stiles 10: Grasmere Riverside

Details
Route type: For all. A delightful path takes you along the River Rothay and away from the busy streets of this popular village – OS Explorer Map OL7
Distance: 1.75 km or 1.1 mile circuit, or 2.25 km or 1.4 miles from A591 lay-by
Start and end points: Lake District National Park car parks – grid ref. NY 338077 or NY 339073
Facilities: Disabled parking spaces, toilets and refreshments in Grasmere
Getting there: Bus: 555 and 599 services operate regularly to Grasmere from Ambleside and Keswick. Car: take the A591 from either Ambleside or Keswick

Route
Starting from Broadgate car park, head over the footbridge and past a board giving information about the route. Bird life abounds in the river – look out for ducks, dippers, wagtails and the blue flash of a kingfisher.

Cross another bridge and continue along the Rothay’s left bank. You will soon reach the Millennium Bridge. Go straight on, but if you do cross the bridge and turn right you reach Stock Lane car park, where there are toilets. You can also turn left along a hedged path to the A591 and a lay-by on the other side of the road, an alternative start if the village car parks are full.

Go beyond the bridge and follow the path to the road. Turn left, past the gingerbread shop – if you can resist the famed delicacy – and through the churchyard’s lych-gate. St. Oswald’s is the parish church of Grasmere, Rydal and Langdale. Each ‘township’ has its own separate gate into the churchyard. William Wordsworth is buried here – he died in 1850 and there is a memorial inside the church, as well as his gravestone outside.

Retrace your steps out of the churchyard. You can go back along the riverside or walk through bustling Grasmere.

Natalie Barker

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