Just did a lovely local walk today with Evie and mum, on paths I had never been on before. A loop you can do from either Dalemain House (the home of the Marmalade Festival held each March), or from Pooley Bridge.
5 miles of undulating terrain, through fields, a bit of road , some wood and some track. Nice if you want something gentle, but parts not buggyable.
We set off from Dalemain across the fields , where we had a surprisingly good view of Askham fell.
Past a small lake / big pond
Then down to the river, which we had a couple of lovely picnic (and swim) spots
As well as a large family of swans, with a highly successful brood of signets
Evie checked our route before continuing on our way
And then it was up a small hill through the Dunmallard woods
We made a stop off at Dacre Church, which is worth a small detour to visit, very pretty
It also has four bears in the graveyard (or possibly lions – the jury is out). Nobody knows the reason for their existence but they are very old.
Past Dacre castle
Some old and unusual stone gateposts
Before finishing off in the medieval cafe at Dalemain (you’ll have to visit there yourself as no photos allowed). I can recommend the Gluten Free lemon drizzle cake!!!