Eastern Lake District

Route: Glenridding Beck and Greenside

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 4th January 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.5 miles

Weather: Sunny

Just over a year ago, and after a month of heavy rainfall, Glenridding Beck burst its banks during the infamous Storm Desmond and the village was several feet underwater and cut off for 3 days

Since that time, huge efforts have been made to restore the terrible damage, including the installation of new flood defences, and the area is well and truly open for business. There are numerous walks starting from Glenridding, most of which we’ve tried before, but today’s route was a new one for us which we gleaned from ‘Easy Rambles around Patterdale and Ullswater’ by Vivienne Crow, a Christmas present to Mrs Andrewswalks purchased from excellent local outdoor shop

We left the village and picked up a path beside the beck which we followed up the valley to a point just beyond the old Greenside mine buildings, and from there we started the mid level return journey along the flanks of Birkhouse Moor. The views got better and better the further we progressed, and towards the end there was a wonderful vista of Ullswater

We then descended back into the village to complete a superb little circuit, and one which we’d happily repeat tomorrow

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