As a member of one of this country's oldest Walking clubs "The Straddlebugs" (now 135 years old), I headed up North to Ambleside last weekend to stay at The Skelwith Bridge Hotel.
For our walk on Saturday we drove the few miles from Ambleside to Torver and walked up the bridleway to the saddle below Dow Crag, we were somewhat surprised to be passed by 5 motorcyclists on the way up (the path, being a bridleway is also a right of way for motorised traffic!). We then progressed up the ridge to the top of Dow Crag where we sat out of the wind and enjoyed magnificent views across the Lakes and out over the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man. Unfortunately, because of my knee, missed out on getting to the Top of the Coniston Old Man Walking, which was just a little further along the ridge.
On our return to Torver we got a drink at the very friendly Wilson Arms pub, outside the pub we spotted this interesting Red Telephone Box (can you see the fish?). There is an excellent deli alongside the pub where you could stock up on food for a picnic in the hills.
by Tim Whitaker March 2016