Family Walks in the Lake District: South lakeland
Browse our handpicked series of useful leaflets produced by GoLakes, featuring great family walks in the Lake District's southern Lakes. Their Sprayway walking routes are perfect for families, with shorter routes proposed for little ones, and a longer alternative for the more adventurous, so the whole family can get out and enjoy the best of the Adventure Capital.
Both of the routes start and finish at Rydal Water car park and follow the same directions until you reach Rydal Caves. Once you have finished exploring the caves the little ones can complete the shorter green route and older ones can carry on along the blue route for another 1.2km before meeting up back at the car park.
The western shore at the southern end of Coniston Water is overlooked by a little group of hills called Torver Back Common. The slopes of the hills sweep right down to the lake where a mixture of fast running becks, old gnarled trees and secretive gravel beaches make the perfect backdrop for fun and adventure. Little ones can explore just over a mile of shoreline while the bigger children can discover some lovely tarns on a longer 3 mile route.
Walking is probably the best way to explore this area of outstanding natural beauty; go quietly and you will see birds, mammals, perhaps even the occasional reptile and plenty of insects. The limestone, coastal and woodland scenery provide a stunning backdrop come rain or shine and whether you are looking for walks with children or something a bit more strenuous, it is all here waiting.
Preston Patrick Country Walks
Lasting from 2 - 4 hrs over 3 - 7 miles, all these walks start and finish at the Old School Gallery and Tea Room, Preston Patrick at Crooklands near Kendal.
To find more ideas for family walks in the Lakes, explore GoLakes.