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Blea Tarn, with its majestic backdrop of the Langdale Pikes, is one of the most visited tarns in the Lake District.

Aside from its obvious natural beauty, plus the fact it’s a great spot for a refreshing swim in the summer, Blea Tarn is also one of the most easily accessible tarns, with parking right by the shore.

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As the days lengthen, we are able to turn our attention to taking slightly longer hikes into the higher mountains. Those extra couple of hours of daylight really do make a difference and there is no better feeling than descending from a good day in the fells as the sun sets in the early evening.

This circular walk follows a route from Cockley Beck, over Crinkle Crags and returns via Moasdale. It’s a beautiful outing, but with plenty of steep, slippery, boggy and rocky terrain.

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Despite its relatively small height Loughrigg, at 335m, boasts one of the best views in the Lake District. To the south it offers a fantastic outlook along the length of Windermere, with vistas over Rydal Water and Grasmere to the north and towards the Langdale Pikes in the west. All this reward can be claimed for relatively ascent.

This circular route from the Three Shires Inn traverses Loughrigg via pretty Lakeland villages and countryside. The paths are generally very good, but it can be a bit rough on Loughrigg. It can also be humiliatingly easy to get lost there in bad weather.

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It’s that time of year when we all like to indulge ourselves a little and spend a bit of well-earned time relaxing in a comfy chair. However, all that lovely Christmas food and drink will only taste even better after a bracing winter walk. This low-level circuit around Great Langdale is never too taxing, but is just long enough to give you an appetite.

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Coniston Water, just three miles or so south of the Three Shires Inn, is one of the most well-known spots in the Lake District.

This route takes you from the Three Shires Inn to Coniston via Tilberthwaite, passing through a number of interesting historical mining sites on the way. The paths and tracks are generally very good, although there is a steep and slippery scree section on the climb out of Coniston and some very wet ground on Coniston Moor.

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At the Three Shires Inn we love a good pint just as much as you do. We’ve been spending a bit of time dropping in on the breweries who keep us supplied with delicious beer to find out a little bit more about what goes into making a truly tasty brew.

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Things have been a bit damp in the Lake District recently; the kind of weather when sitting in the pub with your feet up and thinking about walking is arguably a lot more fun than actually heading out and braving the weather itself.

However, at the Three Shires Inn we are blessed with easy access to the high fells and a huge number of lower level walks where you can avoid the worst of the weather and you might even see the occasional nice view on a claggy day.

This easy loop mainly follows roads and good tracks through the countryside between Little Langdale and Hawkshead, although there is the occasional sloppy path en route.

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We all love exploring the fells around Little Langdale and, most of the time, the peak of the excitement during our forays into the mountains will come via the exhilaration of physical exercise or the stunning outlook from a lofty summit. However, accidents can happen to any of us and when they do, the Lake District’s mountain rescue teams are on hand to help.

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