Eastern Lake District

Route: Glenridding Circular

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 16th December 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 4.8 miles

Ascent: 700 feet

Weather: Cloudy, sunny patches, light drizzle, very warm

The good folk of Glenridding have suffered particularly badly from the devastating flooding caused by Storm Desmond, having been flooded twice in the space of five days

Like many places in the Lake District, the village is dependent on tourism and I wanted to do my bit to show that the area is very much open for business (and for walking) and that its beauty has not been diminished – contrary to the impression given by many of the dramatic news stories

I parked in the centre of the village, a hive of activity as diggers cleared Glenridding Beck which had burst its banks during the floods, causing most of the damage. I followed the course of the beck and crossed it via Rattlebeck Bridge. As I gained height there were lovely retrospective views back over Glenridding

I followed the path up to Lanty’s Tarn, a well known local beauty spot, and then descended into Grisedale. There were good views along the valley towards some of lakeland’s finest fells, though their tops were shrouded in cloud today. I walked towards Patterdale along a path below Birks and Glenamara Park – a beautiful section of the walk

The final leg took me back over Grisedale Beck and then along a path beside the road back into Glenridding. Once back in the village I bought some Christmas presents at the excellent walking shop Catsycam 

It had been a great walk – the scenery was beautiful throughout as I hope the photos will convey, and I wasn’t inconvenienced in any way by the floods. If anyone is thinking of coming to this place there is no reason to defer your visit – in fact I’d urge you to come now and show your support

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