Had to sandwich my walk between life’s necessities today, so had to be out, about and quickly back. A hill with a view? Gummers How is such a classic and I have been up it so many times it would not surprise me if I was the sole perpetrator of the path erosion! Last time I was there was in the pouring rain at Easter. Today, though was clear. The views were terrific.
To the south Blackpool Tower was in view and in the foreground Windermere could be seen from end to end. Coniston nestles in between Loughrigg and the Langdales.
As the car park is half way up the hill the spectacular views are afforded with little effort and there were all sorts of people enjoying the views. The youngest being a tiny being in a ‘front pack’. It only takes about 15 mins to reach the top and so I dropped down the back of the hill and explored some tracks. They were a little indistinct and a tad boggy until I made the plantation. But still good to see Windermere from a slightly different angle.
Through the trees there is also a small tarn, which interestingly was somewhat indistinguishable on my map, though you can see it on the route map here. I had intended to walk back by the road but met Chris from Run the Lakes and Dales, we began exchanging information on the hills and so my route deviated back to the top of the How.
So dog walked, senses satisfied and fully recharged with vitamin D, and back to the other necessities of life. … that will always wait for a walk!
Car park at SD 289 876
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