Lakes and Mountains All In One
This varied walk includes a moderate climb towards Ullock Pike and a lovely Bassenthwaite lakeside walk. Take a packed lunch to enjoy on the Lakeside, distance approximately 7(ish) Miles.
Starting from the campsite go ‘back to Peter House Farm’ via the Cumbrian Way. At the road turn right and follow the road to the bend just before Melbecks where you will see a left hand path and signpost ‘bridleway’. Bear right and follow the path through fields. It does get tricky in parts as the farmer has diverted the path, but keep heading for the spine of Ullock pike looming over you, and you should be fine.
After the diversion turn right and continue to climb and you will be back on track - as long as you have Ullock Pike ahead you are on the right path. Keep to the field and onto the ridge towards Ullock Pike. Again you have ‘choices’, you can extend and walk to Ullock Pike summit and then back down to Dodd wood and the lake, or if you feel up to it go over Ullock Pike, Carl Side, Skiddaw, Bakestall, and back to Dash Falls.
Keeping to this walk, as you begin the ridge you will see a right hand path at Ling How this path descends to Ravenstone Hotel on the A591. It is a well defined path but a steep decent to the main road. If you have dogs be aware of this as after a small wooded section you just appear on the road. Pass through the Hotel grounds cross the A591 and take the bridleway sign next to the bus stop towards the lake.
Follow the path across the fields to the road where you see the St.Begas’ Church sign – well worth a detour to see this historic church in a picturesque setting which is very popular for weddings. Turn right on the road towards Scarness and look for the second turn on your left just after the bridge which will take you along the riverside and onto the lake shore. We think this a particularly scenic part of the walk on the shore of Bowness and Scarness Bay which is a wildlife area and has its resident swans and otters and a great spot for bird watching. Sit for a while (weather permitting) and enjoy the peace and tranquillity...and perhaps a spot of lunch.
Follow the lakeside path until you come to the Holiday Lodge Park where you take a narrow path on your right onto the roadside. Turn left past Scarness Cottages and then immediately right where you will see a sign for Armathwaite Hall. Cross fields towards the Caravan Park and back to the A591. From here continue into the village of Bassenthwaite. At the village green take the path behind the bus stop which will bring you across the fields to Kestrel Lodge.
View of the Skiddaw range from the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake