The Windermere Way

A spectacular walk around Windermere

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Troutbeck Ford Bridge

Work is progressing on the new bridges at Troutbeck ford. The crossing has been officially closed since Storm Desmond destroyed one of the bridges on 5th December 2015. The crossing should be open in early 2019






Low Moor How update

I have recently had correspondence with the Countryside Access Adviser at LDNPA who has thrown a bit more light on the reason problems at Low Moor How. This is what he told me: Unfortunately you have come across a long standing issue that we have been trying to resolve for some years, albeit unfruitfully.
 
The situation at Moor How is rather complicated – although nothing is actually legally wrong, it is just confusing and, to a lay walker, illogical – which is why we are trying to sort something out with the various landowners in the area.
 
The attached map shows the legal line of the footpaths in the vicinity.  It also shows the extent of the public road (U5252), which are the brown squares along the road running to the north-east. 
 
You can see that there is no legal link between the two (footpath and public road).  This does, at first sight, seem totally illogical – because you would think that the footpath must have led from the road end through the farm yard.  But there is an explanation.  And that is that the footpath was there first - it was claimed in the early 1950s when the definitive map was first drawn up, and at that time the road to Moor Howe had no public status at all, it was merely a private farm track.  It was then improved under the Agricultural Improvement Acts from 1955 onwards.  Basically, these Acts were to improve agricultural efficiency after the war by improving access to farms for things like milk tankers and other heavy plant.  The deal was that the County Council would substantially contribute to the road being tarmacked, but on the condition that it then became public.  The other side of the coin was that the landowner contributed at the time, but then had future maintenance done by the County.
 
So – the road was improved just to the farm because that was what was needed for access – with no link made to join the public footpath to it.  'High_Moor_How_footpath.jpg

He goes on to say that they have tried several times to get a link established and are still working on it.

We would suggest therefore that until this is resolved one of the alternative routes is used instead.

Walking Festival

Windermere to host the Lake District Walking Festival.

The Jane Tomlinson Walk For All comes to the area
Hailed as the biggest charity event of its kind to come to the region the Lake District Walking Festival will take place on Sunday 9th September when thousands of walkers will pull on thier walking boots to take part in one of three walks. With distances suitable for everyone, participants will have the opportunity to take part in either an 18mile, 13mile or 4.5mile walk enjoying the breath-taking views whilst walking with friends and family. Following on from Walk For All’s highly successful walking festivals in the Yorkshire Dales in 2011 and the Peak District walk in April this year, which saw thousands of people take to the countryside in support of their chosen charity, the Lakes walk is set to be a fantastic addition to the series. Thanks to the support from the Lake District National Park the three routes have been designed to be ecologically friendly whilst showcasing the Windermere at its best. With three separate starts each walk will take in different sections of the Lake before finishing together at Brockhole National Park Visitors Centre. Those taking part in the 13mile and 18mile walk can then enjoy a leisurely cruise back to Bowness (13mile) and Lakeside (18mile) with Windermere Lake Cruises.

River Brathey

Early morning mist on the River Brathey just above Clappersgate. Brathey

Lakeland Walker Magazine

The Windermere Way has been featured in the current issue of Lakeland Walker magazine. Ronald Turnbull set out to find out if it was possible to walk all the way round Windermere - only to find it was not only possible but we had provided a route for him to follow.

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Ronald’s route doesn’t exactly follow the Windermere Way and he has at least one improvement to suggest over the official route. His article makes interesting reading and I’ve learnt new things about Windermere’s history from it.