It’s famous for its natural beauty and popular with hikers, so today we take some time for hiking. I had investigated some trails online and made a short list of options, the final decision is taken with the eggs and sausage at the breakfast table. We take our hiking stuff to the car and drive south towards Grizedale. It seems the only big road (meaning two cars can pass easily) around here runs north to south past Windermere and our route to our starting point is again over smaller roads, though none as steep as around Hardknott pass yesterday.
The place is teeming with serious looking hikers with serious gear, we see people in shorts and people with gators, but all have heavy mountain shoes and many carry walking sticks as well, we’re not sure what to expect from the Bogle Crag trail anymore..
We park ourselves in the Bogle Crag parking area, the only empty one we’ve seen so far. Perhaps the trail is considered too easy amongst these experts? Arne puts on the backpack with our rain jackets, woolly hats and sunglasses, while I shoulder the waterproof camera bag. It’s cold but sunny, so I can keep my camera out instead of packed away, makes it easier to take snapshots along the route. We climb up following a wide gravel path and soon switch to forest tracks. There are 90 art sculptures hidden in the woods, they are suprisingly well suited to the environment. See two examples in my track description on Wikiloc here. We finish the loop around noon and set our sights to the north.
We take the scenic route to Penrith over the Kirkstone pass and have a quick lunch at the inn on top. Then down it goes all the way to the M6 in the valley, we can see the Northern Pennines on the other side, still topped with snow. We leave the car at Brougham castle (pronounced ‘brew-uhm’, can you imagine) and visit four English Heritage sites in one 6 kilometer loop: the ruin of Brougham Castle, the renovation in progress of Brougham Hall, the underwhelming grassy field of King Arthurs Round Table Henge and the impressive Mayburgh Henge. The walk itself is not so impressive, though fortunately there is not a lot of traffic on the small country roads, but it’s fun to see the monuments looming up ahead of you (except for the King Arthur Henge, it does not loom at all). You can see the Wikiloc trail via this link.