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NORTH. WEST. ENGLAND

.BRITAIN'S FAVOURITE WALKS TOP 100NORTH WEST ENGLAND
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4 betekent: de wandeling eindigde op de 4de plaats in Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100.
Klik je op dit nummer 4 in de kaart, dan word je doorverbonden met kader 4 hieronder.
Alle wandelingen uit de Top 10 hebben een oranje nummer gekregen.
.. (Hier zie je hoe uniek het Lake District is met maar liefst 5 wandelingen in de Top 10.)
 Lichtbruin = National Park ...... • Lichtgroen = AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) 
......................................................................... ( the next step down from a National Park).

De North Pennines AONB zit alleen met het westelijke deel in de regio North West England.
.. Het Yorkshire Dales National Park behoort er niet toe. Dat zit in de regio
.. Yorkshire & The Humber.

 

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1. Helvellyn (950 m) via Striding Edge ( + Swirral Edge)
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Lake District National Park...... 16½ km..... mountain ... zwaar

A thrilling mountain route. Helvellyn’s ridges are exciting, only a little
bit scary, but great fun.

Helvellyn is so much more than England’s third highest mountain, and
it was no surprise when this route was voted Britain’s Favourite Walk
in a 2017 ITV poll.
An ascent of this 950m peak via the narrow ridge
(= graat) of
Striding Edge
is one of Britain’s most iconic mountain challenges,
mixing hill walking with scrambling on a spectacular route that re-
quires the use of hands in a few places – and a good head for heights!

The classic way to walk Helvellyn is from the village of Glenridding,
first climbing steeply over Birkhouse Moor with wonderful views down
the Ullswater valley, then tackling the Grade 1 scramble of
Striding Edge all the way to Helvellyn’s vast summit plateau.

After tucking into celebratory sandwiches and enjoying views across
what feels like the entire Lake District National Park, descend from
the summit via Swirral Edge – another steep rocky scramble that feels intimidating when you first tiptoe towards it.

At the low point of the Swirral Edge ridge, follow the path that leads
down towards the impressive glacial bowl
(=kaar) containing Red Tarn
then follow the obvious path down the valley to Glenridding.

IMPORTANT: If you aren’t comfortable with heights or exposed
mountain terrain, this route may not be suitable for you. There are less technical routes up Helvellyn on footpaths suitable for walkers of all
ages and abilities.

• Start / finish: Glenridding.

Map: OS Explorer OL5

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Vanaf Helvellyn kijk je hier neer op het kaarmeer Red Tarn en rechts daarvan de
.. graat Striding Edge.
Helvellyn is without a doubt one of the most popular mountains in the Lake District.
.. Just like the best mountains around, it has many great routes to its summit, but one
.. stands head a shoulders above the rest, and that is via Striding Edge.
.. Striding Edge is a spectacular knife edge arete
(= graat) that offers a breathtaking
.. scrambling experience. From climbing across blocks, walking across a narrow crest,
.. and down climbing 'The Chimney', Striding Edge has it all. 

.. To the left of Hellvellyn is corrie lake Red Tarn.

Verdere info:

www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walk-1156-description

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5j0uwFovOU

http://theoutdoorguide.co.uk/britains-favourite-walks/helvellyn........

 

 

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4. Cat Bells ( 451 m)
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Lake District National Park.... 5 km .... upland ... middelzwaar

Possibly England’s finest 'mini mountain' – perfect for everyone from
families to experienced fell walkers.

This popular route up Cat Bells is one of the best walks in the
Lake District – with huge views over Derwent Water, Keswick and
the surrounding fells.

Cat Bells is a small hill that feels like a big mountain,
with a perfectly shaped summit cone and
a short rocky scramble near the top.

This is a popular walk with everyone from tourists to experienced
hikers – and is often used as a starter peak for parents introducing
their children to hill walking.

Starting at the base Cat Bells and climbing steeply over Skelgill Bank, mountainous views quickly open up around you with the
Newlands Horseshoe directly ahead and the Lake District’s shapely
North-Western Fells to your right.

After bagging Cat Bells’ summit you continue onwards before dropping
down towards beautiful Derwent Water at Hause Gate, then following
an easy but spectacular footpath back to your start point.

• Start / finish: .....

Map: OS Explorer OL4

. Cat Bells gezien vanaf Derwent Water.

. The classic route is over the bumps of the North Ridge.


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.................................................. Totale stijging = 570 m

Verdere info:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueHGdkyNQMc

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1677950/OS-Rec....

 

 

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5. Scafell Pike (978 m)
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Lake District National Park.....11 ½ km ....mountain .... zwaar

England’s highest mountain, and possibly also its best.
This circular hike explores it from multiple angles, giving you chance
to really get to know the peak.

IMPORTANT: Scafell Pike is a big, fierce mountain where walkers
often face strong winds, heavy rain and low visibility.
Plan your route carefully and always carry suitable hill walking gear.

This circular walk up Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain –
starts and finishes in the remote Wasdale valley, on the shore of
England’s deepest lake.

At 978m Scafell Pike marks the highest point in England, so reaching
the summit is a tough challenge for any hill walker.
This walk starts near the Wasdale Head pub and follows Lingmell Beck towards Sty Head, a famous Lakeland mountain pass between the
iconic peak of Great Gable and the rocky bulk of the Scafell range.

From Sty Head you follow the thrilling Corridor Route that clings to
the mountainside beneath Great End, before turning left at Lingmell Col
for the final push to the top.
You’re unlikely to be alone as you cross the boulder fields surrounding
the summit (this is a very popular place!) but you’ll be rewarded with
views stretching across the surrounding fells and valleys – and all the
way out to the Irish Sea.

The descent follows the path through Hollow Stones – popular with
anyone attempting the National Three Peaks Challenge – back to your
start point in the Wasdale valley.

• Start / finish: Wasdale Head.

Maps: OS Explorer OL4 , OL6

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.................................................. Totale stijging = 1170 m

Verdere info:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPVifhObqPU

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1677980/OS-Rec....

 

 

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7. Buttermere ....... Round-the-lake walk
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Lake District National Park........ 7 km ........ licht

With the iconic view down the lake to Fleetwith Pike and
miles of stunning shoreline to explore,
Buttermere is a wonderful walk for all ages and abilities.

This lakeside walk does a full lap of Buttermere, passing through rocky
tunnels and woodlands surrounded by some of England’s finest
mountain scenery.

The walk has an adventurous feel from start to finish.

You can grapple with rock, lose yourself in beautiful woodlands and
skim stones on the lake.
All the while you’ll be surrounded by towering mountains, – from
Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks to the High Stile range that looms large
above Buttermere’s western shore.

• Start / finish: Buttermere.

Map: OS Explorer OL4

. Buttermere en daarachter Crummock Water gezien vanaf Haystacks.

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Verdere info:

www.theaa.com/walks/around-buttermere-420689#directions

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1678003/OS-Rec...

 

 

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8. Old Man of Coniston ( 803 m)

Lake District National Park 12 km .mountain .middelzwaar/zwaar

A Lakeland classic that ticks off three fine summits in one long,
beautiful fell walk. It’s always busy, but that’s because it’s so good!


IMPORTANT: This is a long, tough mountain where you’ll need to be
prepared for high winds, heavy rain and low visibility.
Plan your route carefully and always carry suitable hill walking gear.

This circular route in the southern Lake District visits the summits of
the Old Man of Coniston, Swirl How and Wetherlam in one fantastic
walk.
The Old Man of Coniston is the perfect peak to introduce newcomers
to hill walking, mixing rugged mountain scenery with fascinating
history thanks to the abandoned mine workings scattered across its
lower slopes.
You’ll also climb past the secluded mountain tarn of Low Water on
your ascent – a great spot for a wild swim on a hot day.
But the excitement doesn’t finish at The Old Man’s massive summit
cairn – you’ll head north along a wide rolling ridge to Swirl How, then
tackle a rocky descent down the ominously named Prison Band before
climbing to the fine summit of Wetherlam.
You should have just enough energy left in your legs to descend to the
village of Coniston and its welcoming pubs. As you walk down
Wetherlam you’ll get fine views across Coniston Water, where
Donald Campbell was famously killed while attempting to set a world
water speed record in 1967.

• Start / finish: Coniston.

Map: OS Explorer OL6

. Kijkend over het Coniston Water naar de Old Man of Coniston.

. Levers Water with Coniston Water in the background.

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.................................................. Totale stijging = 930 m

Verdere info:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Man_of_Coniston

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1672948/OS-Rec....

 

 

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27. Coffin Route (Ambleside Grasmere)
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Lake District National Park...... 6 ½ km .... lichte wandeling

Despite its spooky name, there’s nothing to fear on this beautiful
woodland trail between two of the Lake District’s most popular
settlements.

Don’t let the name scare you – the Coffin Route is a glorious
woodland walk between Ambleside and Grasmere in the
Lake District National Park.
Starting in the busy Lakeland town of Ambleside this walk follows a
medieval corpse road that was once used to transport dead bodies to
their final resting place at St Oswald’s Church in Grasmere.
You’ll find no skeletons, ghosts or ghouls here today though, just a
beautiful 3-mile walk that cuts through a wooded valley and passes
the lakes of Rydal Water and Grasmere.
With the Fairfield horseshoe to the north and the ever-popular
Loughrigg Fell to the south, you’re right in the heart of the
Lake District’s finest mountain scenery, but apart from some slight
undulation this is a gentle stroll that walkers of all ages and abilities
can enjoy.
Along the way you’ll pass historic Dove Cottage – once the family home
of famous Lakeland poet William Wordsworth – en route to the idyllic
village of Grasmere with its pubs, cafes, shops and famous gingerbread.
There are plenty of buses that run along the A591 back to Ambleside,
but why not give yourself a treat and walk the route in reverse to savour
those views from the opposite direction?


• Start:
Ambleside
.. Finish:
Grasmere
.. Take first the bus from Grasmere to Ambleside and start walking
.. there.

Map: OS Explorer OL7

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Verdere info:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1678016/OS-Rec....

 

 

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30. High Cup Nick (693 m)
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North Pennines AONB ... 15½ km .... upland ..... middelzwaar

High Cup Nick is a place that must be seen to be believed –
they don’t call it the Grand Canyon of the Pennines for nothing !

This walk explores the magnificent U-shaped glacial valley of
High Cup Nick in the Northern Pennines from the picturesque village
of Dufton.
Often dubbed ‘The Grand Canyon of the Pennines’, High Cup Nick is
one of those places that has to be seen to be believed.
In stark contrast to the rounded, sweeping hills that surround it,
this spectacular gorge looks like it’s been carved out of the landscape
by a giant ice cream scoop.
The distinctive ring of dark crags around the rim of the valley is formed
from a layer of tough grey-blue dolerite, which gives the whole place a dramatic and almost otherworldly feel.
The best viewpoint is found at the head of the canyon, above the
jumble of rocks that spill down to the valley floor.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can scramble down the rocks into
the valley, or follow this route past High Scald Fell and Dufton Pike
back to your start point.

• Start / finish: Dufton.

Map: OS Explorer OL19 , OL31

. Looking down from the head of High Cup Nick. (head = boveneinde van een dal)

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The southern escarpment
(= steilrand) of High Cup Nick.

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.................................................. Totale stijging = 660 m
..... Hier heb je upland (= land lying above the limit of enclosed farmland)

Verdere info:

www.visitcumbria.com/evnp/high-cup-nick/

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1677873/OS-Rec....

 

 

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67. Forest of Bowland ( around Stocks Reservoir)
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Forest of Bowland AONB...... 11 km ..... lichte wandeling

This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers 312 square
miles of moorland, lowland, rivers and villages.
A favourite walk here takes in the trail around Stocks Reservoir which
passes through the Gisburn Forest.

Forest of Bowland — An example in the southern Pennines where  Carboniferous sandstones and grits form high exposed
moorland areas.

(Carboniferous— Period of time between 290 and 354 million years
. ago)

• Start / finish: Stocks Reservoir Car Park.

Map: OS Explorer OL 41

. Stocks Reservoir.

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Verdere info:

https://where2walk.co.uk/yorkshire_dales/a-circuit-of-stocks-reservoir/

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1678106/OS-Rec....

 

 

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70. Sandstone Trail
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Cheshire ...... 54½ km ...... middelzwaar

Moderate. Some easy bits, but also steeper slopes in places.
Most of this is on roads and wider trails.

This route stretches for 54 ½ km and you can take a number of routes
varying in difficulty and length but all offer spectacular views.
Dont miss Delamere forest , the largest woodland in Cheshire,
Beeston Castle and the historic market towns of Frodsham and
Whitchurch.

Cheshire Plain — Lowlands area of England, on the border with
North Wales.

• Start: Frodsham
.. Finish:
Whitchurch

Maps: OS Explorer 257 , 267

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.................................................. Totale stijging = 1290 m

Verdere info:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandstone_Trail

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1678027/OS-Rec....

 

 

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82. Another Place, Art Trail, Crosby Beach
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Liverpool ........ 8 km ........ lichte wandeling

‘Another Place’ consists of 100 cast iron life-size figures by British
sculptor Sir Antony Gormley spread out along three kilometres of
the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea.
( foreshore =
vooroever ; het gebied tussen hoog- en laagwater.)
Each figure is 189 cm tall and weighs around 650 kg.
In common with most of Gormley's work, the figures are cast replicas
of his own body.
As the tides ebb and flow, the figures are, respectively, revealed and submerged by the sea.
The starting point for this walk is the nearby Waterloo station
Your exact route will change depending on the tide.

• Start / finish: Waterloo station

Map: OS Explorer 275

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Verdere info:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Another_Place_(sculpture....

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1677991/OS-Rec....

 

 

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86. Walking with Witches Trail
.......Forest of Bowland AONB .... 11 km .....licht

The picturesque villages nestled in the shadows of the infamous
Pendle Hill have a dark history of intrigue and witchcraft.
This route starts at the Pendle Heritage Centre and loops around those
villages that were at the centre of the most infamous witch trial in
British history.

• Start / finish: Pendle Heritage Centre

Maps: OS Explorer OL21 , OL41

. Walking up Pendle Hill.

. First western loop ( 6 km), than eastern loop ( 5 km).

Verdere info:

www.visitlancashire.com/dbimgs/Pendle_Witches_Trail.pdf

www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=xhfuhLI0Wxw

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1678073/OS-Rec....

 


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