How about joining in with one of the many guided walks on offer in and around the Little Langdale area?
There are loads of such walks to choose from, led by experienced
local experts and designed for all ages and abilities, which aim to help
you get the most out of your visit.
The Lake District National Park Authority organise regular walks,
many of which start and finish at the Tilberthwaite Quarry car park just
a short drive from the Three Shires Inn. They’ve got two coming up this
weekend in fact.
The ‘Caves, Falls and Fells’ walk on Saturday 9th April follows the
old quarry roads to Little Langdale, explores the awe-inspiring
Cathedral Cavern deep within the disused mine workings, and returns over
High Oxen Fell. At 10 kilometres (just over 6 miles) it’s described as
‘moderate’ which puts it comfortably within most people’s capabilities,
and the pace is gentle with frequent stops to point out and explain the
numerous sites of interest along the way.
While on Sunday 10th April, you can join the rather curiously titled
‘Hike the Hawk to Little Langdale’ walk. This hike leads you up
Tilberthwaite Ghyll alongside the stunning waterfalls and pools, and
around Hawkrigg (ah, that’s what the title’s about!) with its
sensational views of the Langdale Pikes and the southern parts of
Lakeland. This one’s also classed as moderate, a little shorter but a
little more height to be climbed too.
On the following Saturday, 16th April, there’s a Family Walk taking
in the famous Slater Bridge just a few hundred yards from us here at the
Three Shires, along with Hodge Close quarries and the Cathedral Cavern;
and walks continue throughout the year on both weekends and weekdays.
The price for joining these delightful and informative walks is
usually just £5 for adults, with children free of charge; although some
are completely free with just an invitation to make a small donation.
You can find out about all of them and much more besides at www.lakedistrict.gov.uk
On the other hand, if ‘groups’ aren’t your thing, then why not hire
your own private guide? There are professional guides too numerous to
mention in and around the Lake District, so a little ‘googling’ will
soon locate a suitable expert to lead you wherever, and whenever, you
like. Our one crucial piece of advice when hiring a walking guide is
that they MUST hold the ‘Mountain Leader’ qualification awarded by the
British Mountaineering Council (www.thebmc.co.uk)
and it must be fully up to date. Also note that this is a ‘summer only’
qualification, so if you’re looking for a guide in the winter months,
make sure they have the more advanced ‘Winter Mountain Leader’
And after a fascinating and energetic day out, don’t forget to reward
yourselves with a hard-earned drink and a bite to eat here at the Three
Shires Inn where a warm welcome always awaits.