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Looking west from the byway next to our lunch stop to the Coniston Old Man ridge, left, and Langdale Pikes to the right of the photo
Looking west from the byway next to our lunch stop to the Coniston Old Man ridge, left, and Langdale Pikes to the right of the photo

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Route No. 718 - Tuesday 1 May 2018
Winster Parish Church, Crag Lane, Thornyfields,
By-way crossing Lindeth Lane & A5074,
Winster House circuit - 8.5km
English Lake District . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL7 The English Lakes, South Eastern Area


Holy Trinity Church at Winster, map ref. SD 417 930 at the start of our walk
Holy Trinity Church at Winster, map ref. SD 417 930 at the start of our walk

For the next few days we are staying with a group of friends in a very grand 'Holiday Cottage' on the edge of Windermere below the view point at Orrest Head. We all meet for a walk together once a month and every year we have a few days together in a comfortable cottage and a few nice walks. Each of our three walks this week is led by a different member of our group.


The old school rooms at Winster dated 1849 on the door lintel

Turning off the road onto Crag Lane
Turning off the road onto Crag Lane

Following Crag Lane towards the A5074
Following Crag Lane towards the A5074

After about 250m we came to a track called Crag Lane, on the left hand side of the road. We turned left here and followed the bridleway along Crag Lane. After only 25m Crag Lane and the bridleway turned left and a public footpath continues straight ahead. We turned left through a field gate to continue along Crag Lane and after about 500m we came to a busy main road, the A5074.

There are nine of us so we fit into two cars and today we drove to Holy Trinity Church at Winster, map ref. SD 417 930 only about 7km from our cottage at Windermere. We parked at the parking area by the entrance to the churchyard. It's free to use but restricted to worshippers only on Sunday mornings. From this parking spot we set off southwards along the minor road past the church and the old village school house that dates from 1849.

Following the road from the church towards Crag Lane
Following the road from the church towards Crag Lane

Crag Lane turns left heading for the A5074
Crag Lane turns left heading for the A5074

Following Crag Lane towards the A5074
Following Crag Lane towards the A5074

Gate on to the A5074 from Crag Lane
Gate on to the A5074 from Crag Lane

bridleway heading north east from the A5074
Bridleway heading north east from the A5074

Small tarn on the right hand side of the bridleway
Small tarn on the right hand side of the bridleway

Bridleway dropping down from the gorse to Thornyfields
Bridleway dropping down from the gorse to Thornyfields

Bridleway passing Thornyfields
Bridleway passing Thornyfields

Here the track dropped down through gorse bushes in full flower and past the buildings at Thornyfields. From Thornyfields we followed the route of an old byway for a few hundred metres to join a minor road at map ref. SD 430 943.

We waited patiently and crossed the road to continue along a bridleway heading north east on the far side of the road. We climbed up the hillside along the track past a small tarn on our right. Beyond the tarn a little valley developed on our left called Bow Mabble Breast with a small rocky ridge above.

Bridleway heading north east to pass a small tarn on the right
Bridleway heading north east to pass a small tarn on the right

Bridleway dropping down through the gorse to Thornyfields
Bridleway dropping down through the gorse to Thornyfields

Bridleway passing Thornyfields
Bridleway passing Thornyfields

Old byway from Thornyfields
Old byway from Thornyfields

Following a minor road heading away from Thornyfields
Following a minor road heading away from Thornyfields

Following the minor road towards a 'T'-junction
Following the minor road towards a 'T'-junction

Roe deer in a field by the road
Roe deer in a field by the road

After 150m we turned left off the road to follow the route of an old byway.

We kept straight on along the minor road for about 400m to a 'T'-junction where we turned right.

Following the minor road towards a 'T'-junction
Following the minor road towards a 'T'-junction

Following the road to the right from the 'T'-junction
Following the road to the right from the 'T'-junction

Turning left off the road to follow another old byway
Turning left off the road to follow another old byway

Following the byway westwards
Following the byway westwards

Turning right off the byway at a footpath for our lunch stop
Turning right off the byway at a footpath for our lunch stop

We found a comfortable spot to sit with an amazing view over to the Coniston Old Man range and around to the Langdale Pikes. It was a very pleasant place for our lunch break in the sunshine.

After about 1km along the byway there was a public footpath off the track to our right through a field gate into the field where the ground sloped down from the path.

Following the byway westwards
Following the byway westwards


Lunch stop with a great view of the fells to the west & north

The Coniston Old Man ridge seen from our lunch stop
The Coniston Old Man ridge seen from our lunch stop

Continuing along the byway after our lunch stop
Continuing along the byway after our lunch stop

Continuing along the byway from the minor road to the A5074
Continuing along the byway from the minor road to the A5074

We crossed Lindeth Lane and continued along the old byway for about 400m to the main road, A 5074. We waited for a break in the busy traffic and crossed the main road to a public bridleway on the far side.

After our lunch we returned to the byway track and continued for another 750m, past Stonehills Tarn on our left down to a minor road called Lindeth Lane at map ref. SD 413 944.

Joining the minor road, Lindeth Lane, at map ref. SD 413 944
Joining the minor road, Lindeth Lane, at map ref. SD 413 944

Nearing the A5074 along the byway track
Nearing the A5074 along the byway track

Crossing the A5074 from the byway track to join the public footpath opposite
Crossing the A5074 from the byway track to join the public footpath opposite

Footpath along the track climbing up from the A5074
Footpath along the track climbing up from the A5074

Footpath alongside the wall
Footpath alongside the wall

Footpath still following the wall
Footpath still following the wall

We followed the bridleway alongside the stone wall and in the next field below the wall there was a large flock of Jacob's sheep with their lambs. We continued along the bridleway for about 750m from the main road to a junction with another track at map ref. SD 411 937 where we kept straight on.

From the road the bridleway climbed up the hillside for about 150m then turned left alongside a dry stone wall. Looking over the wall we could see back down across the field to the A5074.

About to turn left around the corner of the wall
About to turn left around the corner of the wall

Just part of a large flock of Jacob's sheep over the wall
Just part of a large flock of Jacob's sheep over the wall

Footpath still following the wall
Footpath still following the wall

We kept straight on at this junction with another track at map ref. SD 411 937
We kept straight on at this junction with another track at map ref. SD 411 937

Continuing to a fork in the track
Continuing to a fork in the track

The horse was not at all keen to pass us but the rider was very calm and coaxed it along so all was well.

We followed this track for about 450m to a fork in the track. The right hand fork climbed up the hillside and there was a horse rider approaching us down the slope.

Horse rider approaching down the fork to our right
Horse rider approaching down the fork to our right . . .

we kept to the left hand fork in the track
. . . we kept to the left hand fork in the track

Following the byway around the hillside
Following the byway around the hillside

Nearing our left turn towards Winster House
Nearing our left turn towards Winster House

Walled track heading down to Winster House
Walled track heading down to Winster House

Here we turned left off the byway track to follow a public footpath along a walled track down to Winster House.

We took the left hand fork, also an old byway contouring round the hillside for about 550m.

Following the byway around the hillside
Following the byway around the hillside

Our left turn off the byway heading for Winster House
Our left turn off the byway heading for Winster House

Walled track heading down to Winster House
Walled track heading down to Winster House

Our left turn at Winster House on to the path around Birket Houses and across the River Winster valley
Our left turn at Winster House on to the path around Birket Houses and across the River Winster valley

Track from Winster House heading down into the valley
Track from Winster House heading down into the valley

Path dropping down across the valley
Path dropping down across the valley

Nearing the footbridge across the R. Winster
Nearing the footbridge across the R. Winster

Stile from the field path in to the woodland
Stile from the field path in to the woodland

The path bent round to our right to cross a rather awkward footbridge over the River Winster. From the footbridge we followed the path up across the fields and then through some woodland to a minor road at map ref. SD 418 932.

At Winster House we turned left to follow a public footpath along the edge of woodland with a view across the little valley of the River Winster (a small beck) to our right.

Our right turn off the track to follow a path across the valley
Our right turn off the track to follow a path across the valley

Path dropping down across the valley
Path dropping down across the valley

Climbing up from the footbridge to some woodland
Climbing up from the footbridge to some woodland

Path to the minor road at Winster
Path to the minor road at Winster

Stile to a minor road in Winster at map ref. SD 418 932
Stile to a minor road in Winster at map ref. SD 418 932

Following the road from the stile back to the church
Following the road from the stile back to the church

There was a good deal of up & down and it was pleasantly warm. Including our lunch break the walk had taken almost three and a half hours, much of the time waiting for me & my wonky knees to catch up.

At the road we turned right and walked along the road for about 200m back to our parking spot at the church and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 8.5km despite the protestation of fit-bit owners that it had been much further.

Back to our parking spot at the church
Back to our parking spot at the church

Following the road back to our parking spot at the church and the end of our walk
Following the road back to our parking spot at the church and the end of our walk

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