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Rothay Rambles

May marks National Walking Month, and to celebrate we’ve rounded up some of our favourite ‘Rothay Rambles’ to help you discover your own adventures in this magical landscape.

Ranging from easy ambles to more hardy hikes accessible right from our doorstep. Meaning, after a hearty breakfast (trust us, you won’t want to miss out!) you can ditch the car and set-off on foot to explore the lakes, fells, villages, and attractions within easy reach.

To Waterhead

A short stroll along the River Rothay to the head of Lake Windermere.  Imagine life as a Roman soldier as you explore the ruins of Galava Roman fort, before heading onto Waterhead where you can jump on a Windermere Lake Cruise or even hire a small boat!

Head off across the terrace and through the pedestrian gate, cross the round and through the 5-bar gate to and follow the path along the river to the head of Lake Windermere.

Approx 1.5KM | 30 mins

Lily Tarn

A wonderful, varied walk that has stunning views from every direction.  At Lily Tarn enjoy vistas of the majestic Langdale Pikes to the South West and the Fairfield Horseshoe to the North.

Leave Rothay Manor via the terrace and through the pedestrian gate, cross the road and go through the pedestrian gate on the right, crossing the bridge over the river and turn left. Follow the road until you pass a row of houses, then turn right at fingerpost, and make for the steep footpath. Continue through the woods, then go through the gate, and follow the prominent path. At the junction there’s a bench, bear right here and head uphill. Keep going until you find a small tarn, take the path on the left and over the brow you’ll find Lily Tarn. Keep to the prominent path, go through the kissing gate, and take the path bearing left. Next, cross the stream and at the top of the hill turn right and recross the stream. From here follow the Cumbria Way, through 3 gates, until you reach the road. When you reach the bottom of the road, turn right over the cattle grid. Keeping going until you’re back at Rothay Manor.

Approx 5KM with a 200M ascent | 2 hours

Around Loughrigg

Our longest Rothay Ramble which takes you past the scenic Loughrigg tarn (take a moment to admire the views on the conveniently placed bench!), and onwards along Loughrigg terrace to the shores of Rydal water.  Make sure you take a detour to explore the caves, which were once part of a busy working mine.

Leave Rothay Manor via the terrace and the pedestrian gate, cross the road and go through the pedestrian gate on the right, crossing the bridge over the river – then turn right. Cross the road and follow the road immediately opposite. Continue until you reach a cattle grid, then take the turning on the left and follow the road until it becomes a prominent track. Pass through 3 gates, cross the stream, and continue along this path. You’ll then pass through a gate and follow the steep downhill, rocky path, then bear right through the gate. Cross through the pasture fields until you reach a prominent track and can see Loughrigg Tarn, turn right along this path.  This will continue until you meet the road, turn right here. At the T junction take the path that leaves the road through a gate signposted Deerbolts wood. Continue through the woods bearing right until you reach Grasmere Lake. From here, follow the high path towards Rydal Water until you reach Rydal caves. Setting off from there, follow the path until you reach a gate at the end of the lake. The path becomes a track and leads onto a road – follow this, crossing the cattle grid, then turn right and cross the next cattle grid. Follow this road, for approximately 3km until you reach Rothay Manor.

Approx 11KM with 275M ascent | 4 hours

Once back, ditch the walking boots, rest your feet and dip into our all day dining menu to refuel or order a pre-dinner drink to celebrate your hard work!

 Rothay Rambles


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