Wonderful Rambles
These are fabulous long walks of up to 8 or 9 miles in the Vale of Lorton that have plenty of length, but not too much ascent and descent. For example, there's the wonderful walk up onto Rannerdale Knotts, or a circuit through the Lorton valley that takes in the shore of Crummock Water and Lanthwaite Hill, or a path above Loweswater that gives you fabulous views then brings you back along the lovely Loweswater shore...
  • Rambles of up to 8 miles
  • Approx. 400 meters of ascent and descent
  • Paths occasionally steep
Click on a thumbnail below for the walk's summary, and click again on the summary to see more photos - either on this site or someone else's...

A ramble on Rannerdale Knotts
This walk has an initial steep ascent that is rewarded by breathtaking views over Crummock Water all the way up, and over Buttermere and Crummock Water from the top! The way down is gentle on good paths that would include walking through the Rannerdale bluebells in May.

The walk is only 4 miles long with 325 metres of ascent and descent; however you can lengthen it to 8 miles if you park further away. ...Read more...
Loweswater from Maggie's Bridge
This wonderful ramble of 5.8 miles with 304 m of ascent starts from Maggies Bridge car park a little way east of Loweswater. It has lots of variety and stunning views of Crummock Water, Loweswater, and all the surrounding fells. It takes a route along the flank of Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell to the east of Loweswater, then returns through woods and close to the lake shore.

This beautiful photo was taken one August by Andrew Locking and you can see the whole walk and all his photos on www.andrewswalks.co.uk
Crummock Water & Lanthwaite Hill
This is a delightful ramble through the Lorton valley to the shore of Crummock Water, then up onto ‘Lanthwaite Hill’ for still more glorious views. From here the return is mostly on quiet lanes back through the valley to High Swinside. The distance just over 8 miles, with 450m of ascent, all of which is very gradual except for the ‘up’ onto Lanthwaite Hill itself which is considerably steeper.

To present the whole walk from High Swinside to Crummock Water and back, I have combined photos from two of the walks on the Andrewswalks website (with Andrew's very kind permission). ...Read more...
Fellbarrow
This is definitely a walk off the beaten track, starting from Low Lorton and heading up the Old Mosser Road onto Lakeland's most north western fells. The route over Fellbarrow offers stupendous views of the Grasmoor fells as well as north to Scotland...

6 miles in length with 365 metres of ascent - here are the pictures from when Andrew Locking walked it one March...
Melbreak Circuit
This is a walk of contrasts as it combines the skylark wilderness of Mosedale on one side of Melbreak, and the beauty of the Crummock Water shore on the other with all its views and reflections. This 6.2 mile route from Church Bridge near the Kirkstile Inn has 275 metres of ascent and is walked here by Andrew Locking. However you could also lengthen this walk to nearer 9 miles if you parked at - or caught the Honister Rambler to – Lanthwaite Green, then walked for longer around the shore of Crummock Water.

See all of Andrew’s lovely photos of this walk in June on Andrewswalks.co.uk

A ramble on Rannerdale Knotts

Loweswater from Maggie's Bridge

Crummock Water & Lanthwaite Hill

Fellbarrow

Melbreak Circuit