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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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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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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.

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Today Little Langdale is so peaceful and secluded you could be forgiven for thinking it has always been this way. However, take a walk around the valley and you soon come across evidence of a bustling industrial past.

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After what seems a very long time indeed, it made us extremely happy to be able to welcome guests back to the Three Shires Inn for overnight stays in May. But, as well as opening up for humans, we’ve also begun welcoming our first four-legged guests to our new dog-friendly suite, Busk Pike.

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Latterbarrow, overlooking Hawkshead and Windermere, is one of Lakeland’s great viewing platforms. Standing at just 245m it nevertheless offers a wonderful panorama of Langdale, Helvellyn and much more in return for a relatively easy climb.

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Everyone has heard of the famous high fells of the Lake District; peaks like Scafell Pike, Coniston Old Man or Helvellyn. But some of the best views in the area can actually be found on their more diminutive neighbours, which act as great viewing platforms for the surrounding landscape.

One such fell is Loughrigg.

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