Near Sawrey to Hawkshead
Last month the Lake District was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO. Here is a walk that will quickly reveal why this recognition is fully deserved and readers - here’s the marvellous thing about it – it is less than an hour’s drive up the M6. 

Start: Near Sawrey opposite Hill Top Farm
 

Finish: Hawkshead

Obviously local bus logistics come into play with this walk. The best plan is to start in Hawkshead (Postcode LA22 0NT) and take the 525 Stagecoach bus to the Hawkshead Ferry alighting at Near Sawrey.
 

Distance: 8 miles 13k

Time: 3 - 5 hours
 

Grade: Moderate

Map: OS OL 7 The English Lakes South Eastern area

 

 Map by kind permission of Johnston Press

Directions:

1. From the bus stop walk back towards Hawkshead and then turn right into Stones Lane. After passing between holiday cottages

 

this leads onto a bridleway taking you into pastureland. Keep on the track which in ¼ mile passes by a farm and then begins to climb

 

towards Moss Eccles Tarn. Now in much rougher country

 

continue pass the tarn follow the track as it takes you up to Wise Een Tarn.

 

If not already enchanted by the views here you will be presented with one of the best in the District looking cross he tarn to the Langdale Pikes. Passing between Wise Een Tarn and The Scale Tarn continue the climb which levels out as you near a small unnamed tarn on your right by Hollin Band Plantation.

2. In recent years there has been much harvesting of timber in these plantations giving great views across Windermere but be aware that with operations ongoing there maybe path diversions from the described route. Passing the tarn the track forks.

 

Keep right. In 150yds this meets a footpath. Turn right again.

 

The path is not the easiest to negotiate - it's rocky and awkward especially when it passes through conifer plantations when tree roots add to its awkwardness but persist. (A prominent radio mast to the left provides a reference point). After crossing a walkway over a boggy stretch

 

the path soon after drops down to a substantial track (a service road for the radio mast).

 

Once on it turn right and then soon after turn left into the conifers once more in the direction of Far Sawrey.

 

After 150yds turn right onto a narrower path

 

leading up to open space filled with a lush growth of bracken. Keep going up and with luck you'll locate the trig point that marks the summit of Claife Heights.

 

3. Views here across the lake are not the best being restricted by tall trees. Better views come later. Retrace your steps to the Far Sawrey track.

 

When you reach it turn right. In 100yds this intercepts another footpath. Turn left soon after passing through a wall.

 

With better views to your right

 

and ahead keep on this path

 

for almost a mile as it works its way along the wooded escarpment. When you reach a broad track coming up from Belle Grange

 

turn right to drop to the lake shores by Belle Grange.

 

Turn left towards Red Nab. At weekends you'll quickly discover this is a popular cycleway.

 

At Red Nab car park keep ahead following the track that hugs the shore. Here you will be treated with World Heritage Status views especially across to Ambleside with its backdrop of the Fairfield Group

 

. Keep on the path until you enter High Wray Bay.

4. Just as you enter the bay turn left onto a footpath leading through pastures to the tiny village of High Wray.

 

As you reach a property ahead

 

turn right on its drive and then left into a lane. After passing the village hall and the junction of the lane coming from Red Nab turn left onto a broad track in the direction of High Wray Base Camp.

 

After ¼ mile the track enters woodland. As the track divides keep right and after passing through a many pad-locked gate

 

follow the track as it bends to the left. Here turn right onto a narrow path

 

leading through woodland that soon begins to climb steeply. Keep on it as it breaks to open ground and then after a kissing gate climb even more steeply

 

to the summit of Latterbarrow with its tall shapely cairn.

 

Because it is slightly isolated from other high ground this small hill (803ft 245m) offers one of the best viewing platforms in the southern part of the lakes. Enjoy! From it Hawkshead is in plain view. Bearing right from the line of your approach pick up a path that leads down to its base.

 

Once on the lane turn left and then right at the next junction.

 

Now on Loanthwaite Lane keep on it for 600yds and then turn left on the second of two paths leading through meadows

 

to reach a more substantial track clearly signed for Hawkshead.