Sarah & Tara's Top 5 running routes in The Lake District.
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No. 1 - Little Langdale & Slaters Bridge
Start: Elterwater Village
Distance: 6.2 miles / 10km
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. 4 - Derwent Water
Start: Theatre by the Lake - Keswick
Distance: 10 miles / 16km
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
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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