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Daffodil Walks

DaffyDo - Run or Walk March 23rd 2019 Glenridding/Ullswater

The fondly named 'DaffyDo' originated from the floods of Storm Desmond in 2015. Pooley Bridge was washed away and the village cut in half for six months. The run (or walk - they are adamant that it is not a race) was organised to highlight the issue and to celebrate the wonderful trails and scenery around Pooley Bridge. Simply set off when you are ready (slower walkers early, faster folk later) with the common goal to have fun and enjoy the route. Read mote about the DaffyDo here.

Daffodil Walk - Brigsteer

(known locally as Brigsteer woods)

William Wordsworth was inspired to write his famous poem by these most beautiful of British flowers and one of the best places to enjoy a daffodil walk is Brigsteer Woods, on the edge of the Lake District.
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Catching the daffodils in full bloom is weather reliant; but as March turns to April and the daffodil season peaks, there are places in Brigsteer Woods where the spectacular carpet of yellow would make even the most hardened townie stop and stare and inspire William anew!

Brigsteer Woods has a network of paths running through it and is pretty at any time of year but especially so in daffodil season.

Getting to Brigsteer Woods:

Locate the village of Levens (Almost due South of Kendal and North off the A590 to Barrow in Furness), travel North through Levens following signs for Brigsteer (only about 1½ miles away). About halfway to Brigsteer after a very narrow section of road you enter Brigsteer Woods. At the beginning of the woods there is a footpath left (West) off the road and space for parking. This is the best spot to start your walk though there are also a few other parking places through the wood.

Exploring these Cumbria Woods:

Although this map isn't very detailed, we hope it gives a clearer indication of the wood's location, between Levens (towards the bottom right of the map) and Brigsteer (top left of the map). It i’s difficult to get lost in these woods, as they are no more than a mile or so long and half a mile wide with some fairly clear pathways throughout.

From the parking spot follow the path left (West) off the road and then turn right (North) through the woods. There are plenty of options to loop round through the woods back to your car.

Extension for Brigsteer Wood Daffodil walk:

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For the more adventurous, you can continue on and emerge at the far (North) end of the woods into a field. Follow the footpath signs, diagonally up and across the field. Cross over the road and follow the footpath sign through Park End Farm and up the hill.

This will take you up the fell to the East called Scout Scar which offers lovely views of the Lake District. You will climb the Southern end of this fell and can then turn right to descend down Flash Bank (local name) back to your car.

Looking for idyllic self catering in South Lakes/Cumbria?

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If you are looking to avoid the crowds,then why not stay just outside of the Lake District National Park, in one of these pretty Cumbria Village self catering cottages (this page of cottages also includes our favourites in Kendal, home of the Mint Cake!)

Self Catering Cottages - Ullswater

daffodil-walks-lake-district Glenridding on the shores of Ullswater is a fabulous location for daffodil and indeed inspired Wordsorth and his sister Dorothy. The cottages we particularly like in that region can be found here.

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