Lane Head Farm
Things to see & do nearby
Below are lists of activities, attractions which previous guests have enjoyed visiting while staying with us. To help you plan where to go we have estimated the time it would take to travel to the locations from our door. We hope you find this page helpful.
Here are some suggestions for walks are popular with our guests.
The Ascent of Hay Stacks
Despite its lowly stature compared to its neighbours Haystacks was a favourite of Wainwright's. So much so that as he requested his ashes were scattered at Innominate Tarn near its summit. Just watch out for that bit of grit that finds its way into your boot!
This walk starts near the head of Buttermere, at Gatesgarth Farm. There is a small car park here and there's often an ice cream van selling refreshments when you come off the hill. It climbs Scarth Gap, described by Wainwright as "one of the pleasantest of foot-passes", to the col between High Crag on the right and Haystacks to the left. Then taking the zigzag path up the face of Haystacks it climbs to the summit and wanders over uplands beyond. Dropping down to cross Warnscale Beck, to then follow alongside the beck to Warnscale Bottom.
The Traverse of Blencathra (Saddleback)
This walk can be started at Scales (2 minutes by car) or Threlkeld (5 minutes by car) – Length: 4 ½ miles (7.5km), Ascent: 2,100 ft (640m) - our closest fell, this walk is not for the faint hearted. Although this walk is fairly short it uses Sharp Edge and Hall’s Fell Ridge for the ascent/descent. Sharp Edge is a narrow rock arête with fair exposure. This is not a walk for a beginner or on a cold day when icy ridges can be dangerous. This is a short walk but a challenging one!
The Ascent of Helvellyn (via Striding Edge)
This is an exciting walk along Striding Edge, probably the most popular ridge walk in Britain, to Helvellyn the third highest mountain in England at 950m above sea level. This is by far the most exciting way to the summit of this popular mountain. The route starts at the village of Glenridding by Ullswater. It is a horseshoe walk that circulates Red Tarn and ascends via Striding Edge then descends via Swirral Edge, an equally exciting hands on route. On the ascent you can bag Birkhouse Moor which gives great views over Ullswater and on the descent it is well worth the short diversion to the top of the conical shaped Catstye Cam for equally impressive views. Striding Edge is an exposed knife edge ridge that requires a head for heights and exposure. Saying that, however, it does have in most places an easier alternative side path for anyone struggling. There is an awkward short scramble down a chimney at the end of Striding Edge but even this has an alternative side path. Swirral Edge is also a hands on scramble at times but doesn't have an easier alternative. This is a very serious mountain adventure at any time of the year and especially during winter months. Always carry the right gear and know how to use it. The first time I did this walk I loved it so much I went back the next day and did the route in reverse!
More Strenuous Walks
Scafell Pike from Borrowdale
To the north east of Scafell Pike lies Seathwaite, a small hamlet comprising of a few farm buildings and a camp site. Deep in Borrowdale, south of Keswick, it may seem an unlikely starting point for a Western Lakes fell. Yet it is popular, not just with those on a National 3 Peaks charity challenge but those who seek a fabled path called the Corridor Route. This runs southwards from the pass of Sty Head to Lingmell Col under the northern slopes of the Pike. In days gone by it was called the Guides Route from when a gentleman of wealth in the Victorian era would invariably pay a local person to guide him to the highest point of England. It was a grand route then, and still is today. Easier perhaps with the laying of stone pitched paths but the way is still unmarked, as it should be, save for the passage of feet and an occasional cairn.
Our walk follows the classic route from Seathwaite, over the packhorse Stockley Bridge, to ascend above Taylorgill Force which you can only see on the approach down in the valley. Following Styhead Gill, Styhead Tarn is quickly revealed, and the pass between Borrowdale to the north and Wasdale in the south climbed. A sneaky guide's short-cut over the saddle joins on to the start of the Corridor Route. You then meander in a gently rising traverse across the slopes and combes of the north west face of Great End and Broad Crag to arrive at Lingmell Col. From here you join the caravan of trekkers coming up from Wasdale on the final section of the path, which is loose and steep, to the summit of Scafell Pike. You return the same way.
There is plenty of parking along the Seathwaite roadside, however, it does get very busy at holiday times, and weekends especially in the summer. Also the Honister Rambler bus passes the end of the road down to Seathwaite.
Helvellyn round from Thirlmere
A gentle warm up through the woods above Thirlmere Reservoir before climbing into the mountains means we avoid much of the bustle and scrambling on Striding and Swirrel Edges. Still a serious mountain walk, it is not especially difficult or arduous.
Although there are many options, we will start from the pay and display car park at Swirls near the north end of the Helvellyn ridge. You may decide to park at Wythburn Church car park, or at the top of the pass at Dunmail Raise. They are all good start points.
This walk takes you to the top of the following hills: Nethermost Pike, High Crag (Grisedale), Helvellyn - Lower Man, Helvellyn, and Dollywaggon Pike; and includes 3 Wainwrights, 1 Furth, 4 Nuttalls, 5 Birketts, 1 Marilyn, 2 Hewitts, and 1 County Top.
As we’re located on National Cycling Route 71 it’s easy to cycle to Keswick, Penrith or further afield from Lane Head Farm. If cycling from Lane Head Farm why not cycle to Greystoke and visit the Greystoke Cycle Café. Below are some suggestions for places to take your bikes to or to hire a bike from.
Greystoke Cycle Café