Walking information from Stickle Tarn Lodge, White Cross Bay, Lake Windermere: a self-catering, superior-graded, dog-friendly, family-owned, pine cabin holiday lodge. Sleeps six.

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Stickle Tarn Lodge - a superior 3 bedroom pine cabin at White Cross Bay. Some of our very own local walks for you to enjoy (scroll down, please)

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Overview of local walks

This map is only intended as guide. It should be used in conjunction with a more detailed map, such as an Ordnance Survey one (a full set is provided in the lodge).
To open the above map as a full size document which can be printed off click here


  1. Walk 1. From White Cross Bay to Robin Lane and back.click here
  2. Walk 2. From White Cross Bay to Robin Lane (and a bit further) and back. click here
  3. Walk 3. From White Cross Bay to Robin Lane, Skelghyll Wood/Ambleside and back. click here
  4. Walk 4. Robin Lane from Troutbeck. click here
  5. Walk 5. Overlooking Windermere from Ambleside. click here
  6. Walk 6. Loughrigg Fell. click here
  7. Walk 7. Stockghyll Force and Wansfell Pike. click here
  8. Walk 8. Simple walk to Orrest Head. click here
  9. More walks to follow soon!

Walk 1. From White Cross Bay to Robin Lane and back.
No need to drive anywhere for this one! It's an ideal one if you're just starting off walking; or getting back into it after some time off...and you will be rewarded at the end with quite stunning view!
Lake Windermere shrouded in mist

This view, taken in winter, shows the lake clouded in mist. But in the background you can see the unmistakeable outline of Crinkle Crags, Esk Pike, Harrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle (and a few others for those who know the view well enough to work them out!)

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Walk 2. From White Cross Bay to Robin Lane (and a bit further) and back.
This walk starts off in exactly the same way as the previous walk, although you end up walking a mile or so further once you've got up to Robin Lane. Once again, the views will worth stopping for a while to admire, even on a cloudy day.
Glorious sunset over Windermere from the top of Robin Lane

We were lucky enough to catch this wonderful sunset, which took us completely by surprise for the richness of its colour. I don't suppose we'll see anything quite like it again...the view from the top of Robin Lane never seems to be the same twice!

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Walk 3. From White Cross Bay to Robin Lane, Skelghyll Wood/Ambleside and back.
The first past of the walk is exactly the same as the first two walks.

You might be lucky enough to get to see toadstools like this in damp, sheltered places!

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Walk 4. Robin Lane from Troutbeck
We nearly always do this walk after we've finished cleaning the lodge on "changeover" day. It's very convenient to get to and is extremely "elastic" - it needn't take very long, but you can stretch it out if you want to!
Snowy view over Lake Windermere from Robin lane

The winter view over Windermere was taken from the first viewpoint you reach as you begin to walk up Robin Lane. Although it's steep, it takes no more than ten or fifteen minutes to get to.

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Walk 5. Overlooking Windermere from Ambleside
I've called this 'overlooking Windermere', but it's really a walk to the edge of Loughrigg Fell
View over Ambleside from the craggs at the southern end of Louhrigg Fell

The view in the photo above is marked on my map as a view directly above Clappersgate, which is to the west of Ambleside. This is marked on the Ordnance Survey maps as a craggy outcrop, and it's about two or three hundred metres south of one my favourite - and most difficult to discover - tarns: Lilly tarn. From here, there is genuine 360° view. Not only that, but is on the edge of what is a genuine Lakeland Fell that is accessible when many of the higher peaks are covered in mist.

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Walk 6. Loughrigg Fell
Now things really are starting to get interesting! Loughrigg Fell, as a generic name, covers a wide area; and once you've done walk 5, you'll be ready to explore further.
View over Grasmere from Loughrigg crags

This is a lovely summer photo taken above Loughrigg Terrace looking north towards Grasmere.
Jeanne and I sometimes joke about the possibility (and potential shame) of becoming the first people to ever need rescuing from Loughrigg Fell. But, joking aside, I suspect that if it were to ever happen, then we'd find that we were, in fact, by no means the first. In lovely summer conditions, with good visibility, then it's hard to conceive of any danger. But getting lost on the fell, even in good conditions, isn't too hard.
I don't want to put you off! It should all be easy enough! And this is one place you can often explore when the higher peaks are out of bounds. But please don't take anything for granted. Please treat the fell with the same respect as you would anywhere else in the Lake District, and be prepared for any eventuality!

Loughrigg caves

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Walk 7. Stockghyll Force and Wansfell Pike
Stockghyll Force is an easily accessible and well-worth-seeing series of waterfalls just above Ambleside to the east.
Stockghyll Force above Ambleside

It's quite a steep climb to the waterfalls, but it only takes about ten to fifteen minutes from the town centre. Those who want something more demanding can then carry on to the summit of Wansfell Pike itself.

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Walk 8. Simple walk to Orrest Head
This walk, apparently, was Wainwright's first one in the Lake District.
We've only done it ourselves once, so I haven't got any pictures as yet.

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