Rediscover your inner child
Add this little extra adventure onto a visit to beautiful Buttermere where the less mobile will find more accessible walks. There is parking for a couple of cars in the forest, or ample parking at Gatesgarth Farm.
The Buttermere area is one of the more popular Lake District spots, but this short scramble up the first part of Hassness Gill offers a hidden natural playground. After following the path in the wood for a short way, take the stream bed.
Rediscover the joy of being a child as you play in the water and clamber over the rocks, but be careful it can be slippery and don’t go too far up the gill as it becomes treacherous and could result in a serious accident.
Return the way you came, or if you feel like more exercise, break out to the right where you can follow the steep path that rises up to Robinson with good views of the gill, and what better way to finish off than a walk to Buttermere for a homemade ice cream.
As you discover the landscape by physically clambering and scrambling in nature’s playground, do you sense a deep connection with the natural landscape? Has this landscape happened by chance or can you sense a designer’s hand?