Southern Lake District

Route: Wasdale Wander

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 6th February 2014

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.5 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

At this time of year it’s often a good idea to have two possible walks up your sleeve – one high level and the other low, in case of bad weather. Armed with two such plans we set off for Wasdale, only 10 miles away from Lorton as the crow flies, but it took us 45 minutes by car as there are lots of mountains in the way

When we arrived at Wast Water all the surrounding fells had their heads in the clouds so our plan to climb Buckbarrow, Middle Fell and Seatallan gave way to Plan B, the low level alternative

With no reluctance at all, we parked in Santon Bridge opposite the Inn of the same name and followed the path which runs along the banks of the River Irt. When we arrived at Hollins Bridge the footpath was closed due to construction works (it re-opens 14th February in case anyone follows this walk). This was a potential blow as there’s no alternative. However, Gilly used all her charm and wiles (of which she has plenty) and managed to persuade the foreman to let us through

On we went across attractive countryside, and then through the woods on the flanks of Latterbarrow, before arriving back at Santon Bridge. It had been an enjoyable walk and far better than stumbling around on misty fells with no views

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