Tucked away between Hawkshead and Coniston lies the small hamlet of Knipe Fold. We've been lucky enough to stay in Knipe Fold for the past week, and even luckier to find our first absolutely perfect dog walk right on the doorstep.
Our morning walks began near to Borwick Lodge, just to the South of Knipe Fold, and led up the stony bridleway towards Iron Keld Plantation. The bridleway is well fenced from adjoining fields and is fine for off lead walking but do keep an ear out for an occasional farmer in his landrover checking on his sheep or highland cattle.
Climbing higher, the views back towards Lake Windermere and down the valley towards Esthwaite Water were good enough before glimpses of Tarn Hows below, and the Langdales ahead, provided a spectacular vista. The dog seemed not to notice the views, but did wait expectantly each time we reached the gate to the recently felled Iron Keld Plantation. Felling has completely opened up the fellside and ensured that the views are maintained throughout. Deer seemed commonplace, particularly early in the morning, although as usual the dog was completely oblivious to their presence.
Winding our way round Iron Keld we rejoined the bridleway, where we had the option of a brief detour to Tarn Hows for a swim (the dog not me), or returning directly back down the bridleway to Knipe Fold.
We could not have wished for a nicer walk and even the pouring rain couldn't dampen our spirits. Perfect.
Remember that although the walk is on good paths, it is steep and rocky in places. Make sure you're equipped for the lakeland terrain and climate!
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Doggy rating 10/10