There a multiplicity of walks and runs from the house and within a short travelling distance

Please always carry a map and compass - and know how to use them!

All of these walks will be on the Ordnance Survey map application, which is also very useful when out walking, but please carry spare batteries and also a torch if any potential of walking in the dark

The best published guides are Mark Richards Fellranger series or Wainright's originals of course...

There are many guides to walks in the lakes, but Andrew Locking's is one of the best online : https://www.andrewswalks.co.uk/ but see also the Haroldstreet website for gpx files

Click on more details for each walk for route descriptions, maps and gpx files

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Aira Force

5 miles, 1000 feet ascent

The most beautiful Waterfall in the lakes, there are paths both sides of the beck and falls and good access from three carparks or a stroll down the hill from High Brow.

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High Brow

3 miles, 764 feet ascent

Short, three mile, early morning energetic stroll at the back of the house return via Aira Beck and Dowthwaite Head or shorten to two miles, returning directly


Birkett Fell and Hart Side

6 miles, 1500 feet ascent

6 miles via Watermillock Common with great views over Ullswater and Blencathra



6.3 miles, 1700 feet ascent

6 mile walk through Dockray, turn left up to Aira Crag, for panoramic views, return down gentle slope via National Trust tea shop, Aira Force and the Royal Dockray for a well-earned pint...Favorite early morning run in reverse. 

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Coach Road

10.3 miles, 1493 feet ascent

Up to 10 mile out and back walk to St John's in the Vale.

Can be shortened at any point

Meriel Bridge 2.5 miles, Clough Head 3 miles away

Alternatively, carry on into Keswick via Latrigg (ascent shown) the newly re-opened railway path from Threkheld or Castlerigg Stone Circle


Watermillock Common Hart Side Dodds

9miles, 2162 feet ascent 

Directly up onto the fell from High Brow, this route takes you up via Watermillock Common, Birkett Fell and Hart side to the Dodds - Stybarrow, Watson's and Great Dodd in rapid succession make this a great out of the door walk

Two hours running or four hours walking


Watermillock Common

6.2 miles, 1612 feet ascent

Up onto the common via the footbridge near Crookwath

Walk down to Dockray, perhaps calling at the Royal for a well earned pint and roll up the hill...

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Clough Head / Dodds/ Hart Side

11.3 miles 2560 feet ascent

3 miles along the Coach Road

Up Clough Head

Along to Great, Watsons and Stybarrow Dodds

Return via Hart Side and Dowthwaite Head

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Sheffield Pike

10 miles

Via Glencoyne


Gowbarrow / Little & Great Mell Fell

14.5 miles, 3868 feet ascent  

Nice round with three Wainrights


Seldom Seen

14.3 miles, 3476 feet ascent 

via Glencoyne

Short Walks from the house
Longer Walks 

More to follow

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Dodds and Helvellyn

13 miles, 3500 feet ascent

13 mile walk, taking in Great Dodd, Watsons Dodd. Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, Hellvellyn. Return via Stake Pass and Glencoyne Head to Dowthwaite Head or Striding Edge into Glenridding and then Ullswater Way back to Dockray


Glenridding via Helvellyn

12 miles, 3248 feet ascent

12 mile walk, taking in Great Dodd, Watsons Dodd. Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, Helvellyn. Finish in Glenridding or return via Ullswater Way or Glencoyne back to Dockray


Swirral Edge and Helvellyn

12 miles, 4034 feet ascent

13 mile walk


Ullswater way

20 miles, 1000 feet ascent

20 mile waymarked paths around Ullswater - do in a long day or use Howtown steamer to break journey over two days

The Ten Best Ways up Helvellyn

We have a page dedicated to the ten best ways up Helvellyn. See here for more details 

Further Afield

More to follow


Angle Tarn

5miles, 1000 feet ascent

Via Boredale Hause from Patterdale


Place Fell

10miles, 2750 feet ascent

Via Boredale Hause from Patterdale


Coledale Horseshoe

11.6miles, 5038 feet ascent 

Tough walk via Grisedale Pike, Sail, Barrow


Fairfield Horseshoe

12 miles, 3500 feet ascent

From Rydal


Blencathra via Bowscale Tarn

11 miles, 3000 feet ascent

From Mosedale


Hart Crag / Fairfield / St Sunday Crag

11 miles, 4000 feet ascent

From Hartsop

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Stony Cove Pike

12 miles, 3500 feet ascent

From Hartsop

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Skiddaw via Ullock Pike

9 miles, 4000 feet ascent

From Mirehouse

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