Walking and wandering around Crosthwaite and the Lyth Valley

When it comes to picture postcard scenery be it pretty villages, woodlands or undulating foothills, the Lyth and Winster Valleys including Crosthwaite are hard to beat.

Although well known and discovered by tourists, namely thanks to an extremely famous purple fruit the damson, the area retains its peacefulness and tranquillity and definitely offers a very different Lake District experience to that in Ambleside and Bowness.

You won’t find large crags, server gullies or sharp gradients when walking in this area unlike some of the Lake District. Instead enjoy views over Lake Windermere, rolling countryside, valleys and woodland paths perfect for any level of walker or wanderer. Walk towards Lake Windermere, perhaps one day towards Kendal or take a glance the other way and see Morecambe Bay.

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A destination for any time of the year, the region is a delight April when the damson trees are in full white blossom and in September when these rare trees are weighed down with this highly distinguishable, tart purple fruit. A post walk damson gin is a must!

Walker friendly accommodation can be found at Damson Dene Hotel which will be an even bigger attraction to walker with the special “Walking in the Lakes” package. Enjoy 2 night accommodation, 3 course evening meal on the first night, full Cumbrian breakfast each morning, access to maps and guide books in the area and packed lunches all from just £110 person. Post walk, relax and unwind with free access to the private onsite leisure club.

Walking in and around Grange over Sands

It doesn’t matter what your walking ability is, Grange over Sands has walking routes and paths to suit everyone.

Let’s start off with the little bit of sands that Grange lies beside, Morecambe Bay. From large charity walks to small group guided walks, walking across this stretch of Morecambe Bay provides fabulous views all around you. In fact, this Saturday there is a guided walk across the bay starting from Arnside Prom and crossing the bay to finish at Grange over Sands and which will be raising funds for VSO –‘Bringing People Together to Fight Poverty. Starting at 4pm, this walk is a lovely 4 hour walk. Notice the use of the word “guide throughout this paragraph. The nature of the bay with being tidal and with quick sand areas means going out for an experienced guide is essential and there are plenty of them.

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Hampsfell overlooking Morecambe Bay

Another 4-5 mile walk that may interest is up Hampsfell. This fell lies directly behind the town so when at the summit, views of Grange, the surrounding fells and seascapes galore can be admired. The walk starts from the centre of Grange, takes approximately 2 to 3 hours and despite the possibility of some muddy areas, it is all paths and tracks. A handy guide can be found on The Westmorland Gazette website here.

Up and over Hampsell is the perfect route to walk to Cartmel too. This walk adds roughly another 3.5 miles onto the length but the ability to experience Cartmel half way through is a delight and what better place than the foodie capital of Cumbria for lunch. There are plenty of cafes and pubs to choose from.

Just a reminder, it doesn’t matter how long you’re going out for, walking boots are advised, take a map and compass as the weather can close in especially when on higher ground and take the 3 “w”, waterproofs, warm clothing and water.

Bay Villa is a luxury B&B in Grange over Sands and an ideal place to come back to after one of these walks. Views across the bay and handily located on Main Street, a stones through from the start of any of these walks. More details can be found at http://www.bayvilla.net.