I must apologise for my lack of content and interaction this week but I was preoccupied with trying not to get myself killed on various slopes and crags of Lake District. This one under my feet is known as St.Sunday Crag, which got summited by us on a Tuesday - I hope I didn't breach the Lakeland code of conduct in doing that 😄 Hope everyone is well and wishing you a fabulous weekend ahead!
A great place to sit and survey the weekend. Where is this weekend taking you This stunning photo comes from @sallyp85 sat on Lord's Seat taking in that breathtaking view. Share your weekend adventures using #iGOoutdoors for future features.
This week I fuelled up my campervan and headed to Cumbria to complete the remaining Lake District walks from my Ordnance Survey 100 Outstanding British Walks Book. My first stop was to be the glorious Crummock Water for an easy going 8 mile circumnavigation.
I had been looking forward to this particular walk for a while, I was in-fact due to do this route back in July on an earlier trip to the lakes, however as we where staying in Keswick we opted for a more convenient round of Derwentwater. .
I had been curious as to whether a hike around Crummock Water would be able to offer me the same level of satisfaction as my Derwentwater walk had earlier done. Now having completed the route, I can in all honesty say that in my opinion Crummock actually just pips Derwentwater when it comes to shore side walks!! Yes, Derwentwater has the advantage of having Keswick Town and it’s fantastic atmosphere and eateries. Derwentwater does indeed have better access and it’s hard to deny that the path along its west shore, in the shadow of the iconic and charismatic Cat Bells is a most charming section of trail. But Crummock Water is blessed with the presence of Rannerdale Knotts which alone has the ability to please the eyes, especially when it’s legendary Bluebells grace the Fell side. And with is slightly more difficult access (narrow lanes, less parking) there are not the crowds of people you find at Derwentwater, which in itself is a huge advantage, especially if like me you are looking for some peace and solitude on your wonder. .
I’m no Lake District expert but it does seem that Crummock Water is often overlooked. I am very pleased it made an appearance in this book as I too would have probably overlooked it. This walk is without doubt worth spending a day of your Lake District holiday to complete.
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A beautiful day to climb Striding Edge, the dog found it no problem at all.