Morgan’s favourite walks in the Lake District
Whilst I’ve been beavering away on various new websites, I’ve been trawling through the PC to find various pictures of the Lake District to help promote our Ullswater Cottages and other local businesses like the Patterdale Village Store. I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the best photos and combine it with a quick guide to some of Morgan and my favourite local walks. As I’m sat tapping away on the keyboard Morgan, the Lake District Labrador, is happily snoring away on the sofa behind me, waiting patiently for me to finish so we can head out the door. So here goes..
Helvellyn is the obvious first choice – the third highest fell in the Lakes but probably the most accessible – certainly from our house. Pros for Morgan – always guaranteed to meet lots of other dogs unless I decide to take him up before the sun rises, plus the chance for a swim in Red Tarn. More on Morgan’s favourite Helvellyn Walk.
Angle Tarn is also very accessible for us in Patterdale. Head up Boredale Hause, hang a right and keep on going. Well worth the effort – a magical place at all times fo the year. The views on the way across to Deepdale and Brotherswater aren’t bad either…
This is also where the famous Lake District Star Jelly was first discovered last autumn. Anyway enough of that. Pros of the walk for Morgan – the obvious swimming opportunity plus the added bonus of optimistically swimming after a goose that has no intention of being caught.. More on the Angle Tarn walk.
Place Fell is opposite the house, so a daily temptation (for Morgan if not his owner…) To be honest the usual path up via Boredale Hause from Patterdale is a bit of a trudge, and the alternate route from near Silver Point via Kilbert How is slightly bonkers. No matter, when you get to the top it’s more than worth it. The views are stunning on a good day, and bracing on a not so good one.
Pros for Morgan – after the long slog up where there isn’t much water after Boredale Hause when you reach the ridge summit there are loads of pits full of boggy water to wallow in, and sometimes as above the chance for a swim in some cool crisp water with reasonable views across to High Street. More on the Place Fell Walk.
The Pipe Track
Sticking on the Eastern side of the Dale this is a regular part of the daily walking routine for Morgan – heading from Patterdale towards the Pipe Track which leads up to Bordeale Hause, and then back down towards Hartsop and through Beckstones, Crookabeck Farm, home of Beyond Imagination Photography and the Angora Goats and then back to Patterdale. Pros for Morgan – at this time of the year the bracken is still high and he like nothing better than to tear into it following the scent of some long since departed animal. In a month or so the deer will come down from over in Martindale and provide him with more amusement.. More on the Pipe Track Walk.
Stepping Stones Walk
This is the alternative to the Pipe Track and is the usual morning Morgan walk. Some great views across to Ullswater to be had, although for 3 months of the year this is not Morgan’s ideal walk as Glenamara Park becomes home to a herd of cows who are not his best friends (see Watch out for Cows post!). Pros for Morgan – plenty of water in the streams – especially by the stepping stones themselves, the occasional encounter with a deer, fox or badger, and the opportunity to stop off at the Patterdale Village Store on the way home (see below)! See more on the Stepping Stones walk.
Another firm favourite with not too much ascent, plenty of en route water and the benefit of a swim in Ullswater at half time. Views on the way across Ullswater to Glenridding and over to Helvellyn are not bad either. Pros for Morgan – the half time swim and the raucous greeting he gets from the dogs at Side Farm. More on the Silver Point Walk.
Virtually every morning walk has to end with a trip to Morgan’s all time favourite shop in the world – the Patterdale Village Store. Not only do they sell everything you could possibly need from papers to postcards, maps to mozzarella as well as walking gear and Lake District souvenirs, they are also without doubt the most dog friendly shop in the Lakes. Not only does Morgan get a dog biscuit everytime he goes in there, he also gets to more love and attention than he gets at home for the rest of the day (so says he…). Anyway that’s the pro for him – give it a try for yourself!
Finally Morgan likes any walk in the snow. He’s nuts about the stuff. Anyway enough of the words – enjoy the pictures…