West Lake District Circular Drive – Coast, Countryside and Coniston – Part 1

Hi,

The last full day of our caravan break to the South Lake District. After the previous days walking, we were happy to just drive and take in the views of lakes and mountains. We did try to find the ‘Swinside Stone Circle’ turnoff without success, so we carried on along the main road.  A photo of what we missed below. The lack of clear signposting can be very frustrating in this region. This area of the Lake district is relatively quieter than the extremely popular part in and around Windermere.

http://www.visitcumbria.com/sl/swinside-stone-circle/

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We took the A5092 westbound, and the A595 after that. This scenic road took us to the Irish Sea coast at Silecroft, on a rather windswept rocky beach.

http://www.wordsworthcountry.com/information/silecroft.htm

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Just a brief stop, as the weather was a bit damp. From here the A595 turns North, following the Irish Sea coast, passing the ‘Ravenglass and Eskdale railway’. We passed on this particular attraction and went a few more miles to Gosforth. Some nice distant views as you do.

http://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/

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Gosforth village has a churchyard which contains the tallest and oldest Viking cross in the England.

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Now the car was pointed North-East towards Wast Water and the hamlet of Wasdale Head. This area is near Scafell Pike and Great Gable and has been voted ‘Britains best view’. The unclassified road to Wasdale Head is quite narrow as can be seen in the images below.

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http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/wastwater/

http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/wasdale-head/

There are a few tracks and trails to walk around Wasdale Head. The car park on the village green is free (June 2014) get here early in high Summer, there is not much parking.

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Can we live in this cottage please? Nice in Summer, bleak in Winter we imagine.

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We drove to the NT Brackenclose car park at Wast Water and Mark walked down to near the water’s edge. This is a very popular walking area, cars usually get frowned upon by the hikers.

http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/building/brackenclose/

SAM_3176 SAM_3182 SAM_3197The road to Wasdale Head is the only access to the village, passing Wast Water on it’s West shoreline. We scouted viewpoints on the way in and stopped where we wanted on the way out.

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In part 2 we will discover the delights of Eskdale, Hardknott Pass and maybe Wrynose pass too.

Thanks for reading.

Mark&Yvette

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4 thoughts on “West Lake District Circular Drive – Coast, Countryside and Coniston – Part 1

  1. Thanks for sharing this image, I’ve run those wasdale fells many times in my youth, brings back fond memories, sincere regards, Barry

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