Two splendid valley walks separated by a lunch break. Explore the wonderful terrain at the head of the Haweswater valley - or Mardale as it was known before the building of the dam and the flooding of the valley. Until this year, home to England's only golden eagle, there is a lot more wildlife here as well including peregrine falcons and a typical range of mountain wildlife. Haweswater itself provides a great place for watching wildfowl, and at certain times of year thousands of gulls and geese flock to Haweswater and form spectacular, dense rafts of birds. Depending on the weather and conditions we may walk round to Riggindale, or to Castle Crag, home to ravens and falcons.
After lunch (included in the price) at a local inn, we'll visit the remote valley of Martindale and walk into Bannerdale, home to herds of wild red deer and a great place to enjoy mountain wildlife. there's lots of historical and cultural interest here as well, from the stories connected with the Rampsgill hunting lodge to ancient settlements
WHERE? HAWESWATER & MARTINDALE. Meet at Bampton Grange - exact location provided when you book.
WHEN? WEDNESDAYS 9.30am meet.
DURATION Full day
YOU"LL NEED Warm clothing suitable for the weather on the day - please don't wear anything bright. (Note: even in summer it can get chilly, and as we'll be sitting tight for some of the time it's best to know you can keep warm); Boots or strong walking shoes; Binoculars if you have them; You might want to take a light snack/drink and camera plus any personal first aid etc.
NOTES The walks are easy/moderate but there are some uphill sections. There are no toilets on the route apart from the outdoor variety until lunch time. Parking is available at the meeting point and details will be provided on booking. Children 10+ are welcome as long as they are with well-behaved adults! Please be aware that there will be some sitting still on this activity as well as walking.
WE PROVIDE Guide, standard binoculars, pub lunch
PRICE £45 adults and £35 under 16s - Includes lunch
TO BOOK Call John White on 07970 138591 or 01931 713115 or email