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If you think of rock climbing, you may well imagine svelte, muscled athletes hauling themselves up seemingly impossible precipices.
However, although this type of death defying feat definitely has its place in the world of climbing, the vast majority of climbers are usually engaged in much gentler fare; cruising up easy angled rock for the pure pleasure of the movement and being outside in the mountains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seen from a distance, Pike of Blisco is perhaps the least distinctive of the Langdale Pikes. However, this is only in comparison to the truly magnificent rocky ramparts of the likes of Harrison Stickle, Pike of Stickle and Pavey Ark.