Sarah & Tara's Top 5 running routes in The Lake District.

Sarah & Tara.

A bit about Sarah & Tara

 

  • Both work in accounts at Langdale
  • They have done well over 100 Park Runs between them
  • Enjoy a run together most mornings before work

No. 1 - Little Langdale & Slaters Bridge

Start: Elterwater Village

Distance: 6.2 miles / 10km

Difficulty: Hard

Little Langdale and Slaters bridge are picture postcard Lake District destinations, take your time and you will enjoy views to die for. From Elterwater, cross the bridge heading out of the village and past Elterwater Hostel and then turn next right, following the road uphill and taking the left-hand fork which becomes a rough track snaking through the woods to a gate. Go through the gate and continue on past a farmyard, finally crossing the main road in Little Langdale and continuing on down to Slater's Bridge. After crossing the bridge turn left onto the path and continue on, passing a small footbridge on your left. Continue uphill on the road, leading through the S bend of Stang End and on to High Park. Here, turn left over the cattle grid and then right into the field following the high path down to the main road at Colwith. Turn right on the road for 20 yards then take the track on the left through a small gate. Follow this track until it returns to Skelwith bridge taking the river path back to Elterwater and the Langdale Estate.

No. 2 - Loughrigg Tarn

Start: Langdale Estate

Distance: 5.5 miles / 9km

Difficulty: Medium

Walk or Jog this is a great way to enjoy all that's great about this area with hills a lake and a river and you could have a cheeky cake at Chesters.

 

Loughrigg Tarn is a serene place to visit any time of the year and is a perfect morning jaunt to wake up with. From Langdale Estate, head up the valley towards Chapel Stile, passing Wainwrights Inn and the Co-op then turn right and up towards the Church. Keep right and head back in the direction of Elterwater Common for around half a mile until the road steadily climbs up to the High Close YHA. After passing the hostel, turn down right at the next junction and after a quarter mile go through the gate on your left which takes you around the tarn and turns right after the farm back to the road. Turn right onto the road and then next left, bringing you down to Skelwith Bridge. Turn right and head up the road until you can join the riverside path, which is a nice run back to Elterwater and the back gate of the Estate.

No. 3 - Fellfoot Parkrun

Start: Fell Foot Park

Distance: 3.1 miles / 5km

Difficulty: Easy

Fell Foot is a beautiful National Trust park just outside Newby Bridge on the Southern shore of Lake Windermere. Every Saturday morning at 9am it's host to a 5km Park Run, an event which is popular with runners of all abilities and a great way to meet other people in a nice, social environment. The gentle 5k includes wonderful views up the lake and is a great way to start the weekend with a spring in your step. Don't forget to register at www.parkrun.org.uk for free to get your barcode.

No. 4 - Derwent Water

Start: Theatre by the Lake - Keswick

Distance: 10 miles / 16km

Difficulty: Medium

Keeping Derwentwater always on your right side this is a great way check out some of the best of the Northern Lakes. If you have the time and energy a detour to Ashness Bridge and Surprise View is well worth the climb. On the return Lingholm is a great cake and gardens stop too.

 

Keswick and the surrounding area provides a multitude of stunning locations and views without even leaving the valley floor and the paths round Derwentwater are no exception. Leaving the Theatre by the Lake, take the path South leading shortly to the Borrowdale road. The first few miles takes advantage of the paths which keep left and right of the main road until finally,  after the Lodore Falls hotel, the path turns inwards towards the South of the Lake  and over a foot bridge, joining the Cumbria Way path which swings back North up the Western shore of Derwent Water, with spectacular views across the lake and interesting trails and woodland, the route finally brings you full circle to Keswick where it's a short warm-down back to the Theatre by the Lake.

No. 5 - Bays Brown

Start: Langdale Estate

Distance: 4 miles / 6.5km

Difficulty: Easy

Starting from the Langdale Estate, head through Chapel Stile turning left in to the Bays Brown camp site. Follow the road through the campsite heading straight on where the road forks to the left towards the farm buildings (a shorter alternative). Head over the cattle grid and follow the path round. Where the path forks and there is a bridge to your right, keep left here going past a farm building directly on your right. Take the left-hand path which ascends up to a gate, eventually bringing you out at the back of Bays Brown campsite. Keeping the campsite and its farm buildings on your left, stick to the path which eventually becomes an undulating road bringing you out at The Eltermere Inn. Turn left and head back to Elterwater village. Complete a loop of the village to make this run just over 4 miles.

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