Dalemain to Dacre

Dalemain to Dacre

Route: Dalemain to Dacre

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 18th April 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.0 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Same as yesterday – sunny and warm but very hazy

We were hoping to climb a fell today, but a high level walk would have yielded no views whatsoever thanks to a thick blanket of haze which has been lying over the district this week. Our thoughts turned to Dalemain, one of our favourite places. We’ve been coming here for over 20 years and there’s always something new to see in the beautifully laid out and tended gardens. Combined with a short walk to nearby Dacre, this would fit the bill perfectly

We arrived just after opening, which was 10am today, and made our way around the gardens. We knew we’d be too early in the season to see the Himalayan blue poppies which are a feature of Dalemain – click here to see a previous visit with some photos of these beautiful plants at their peak. However there was much else of interest, including a wonderful display of daffodils in the lower gardens by Dacre Beck

After meandering around for an hour or two, it was time to get on with the walk, which is no more than a leisurely stroll along the estate road from Dalemain to Dacre, passing through rolling farmland. There are good views in all directions, but the long distance ones were ruined by the haze. Less than 1 hour after setting off we arrived in Dacre and looked round the small church of St Andrew’s. There’s often a pub near a church and we were glad to notice that the pub in Dacre – the Horse & Farrier –  has re-opened under new management. In the interests of consumer research, and also because we were hungry and thirsty, we paid it a visit – and I can highly recommend the pub for its food and friendly service

Suitably refreshed, we retraced our steps along the estate road back to Dalemain to end a short but very enjoyable walk (for anyone looking for longer walks centred on Dalemain, visit Search Walks and enter ‘Dalemain’)

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