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Later this month wrestlers, runners, hounds, families and fun-seekers will head to Grasmere for one of the most well-loved days in the Cumbrian calendar.
The annual Grasmere Sports show will take place on August 27, featuring an array of traditional Lakeland sports, from Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling to hound trailing and track racing. One of the highlights of the day is always the Senior Guides Race, in which fell runners take on the steep challenge of the slopes leading to the summit of Grey Crag.
Dunmail Raise is well-known among Cumbrian locals as the divide between the north and south Lake District. The main road of the A591 crosses the pass just north of Grasmere and, to the west of the road, the distinctive and inviting shoulder of Steel Fell leads upwards into the hills.
This loop begins and ends in Grasmere, heading over Steel Fell, before circling around the heads of Far Easedale and Easedale then dropping back into the village via Blea Rigg.
Although peace and quiet can be found in the Coniston range of fells today, for many years the hillside echoed to the sounds of heavy industry as a network of mines plundered the Earth for copper ore.
This circuit explores the historic Coppermines Valley and its derelict industrial sites before traversing the ridge that links the Old Man with Swirl How. The route is mainly on good paths, although it is rough and steep at times and, as always, you should be prepared to navigate, especially in bad weather.
All across Cumbria, farmers, butchers, bakers and producers of all types offer the best in everything from lamb and beef to cheese, chutney and beer.
However, this isn’t the only place where you’ll find tasty ingredients. The woodlands, hedgerows and meadows offer their own produce in the form of leaves, mushrooms and nuts, which can all be used to make a wide variety of delicious recipes.