This gently ambling route through Cinderdale provides great views of Crummock Water and the surrounding countryside, whilst taking you back through the ages with easily spotted archaeological sites.
Have a look at our downloadable route map
From the start point cross the road and walk up hill for approximately 20yds (20m) to the gate in the
wall. Go through the gate and turn right along the newly-created path parallel to the wall, taking in the
great views of Crummock Water and Melbreak along the way.
As the path rises and levels out you will see to your left a post-medieval sheep fold rebuilt by us in
the mid 1990s, the rocky knoll behind is a favoured picnic spot.
Following along the path from here you will meet a wall and gate, within the wall is a stone which
we think was used to sharpen swords in the Iron Age, can you find it? A local farmer tells us he found
a sword on this site.
Continue on from here until you approach another wall surrounding woodland, the route now drops
steeply towards the lake shore, again with stunning views, care should be taken when wet as the
ground may be slippery.
At the bottom of the slope turn left and continue along the lakeshore track, you will come across a
small bench to your left, this bench sits on a medieval charcoal burning platform.
A short distance further on from here you may notice the path colour has darkened to a blackish
hue, this is a sign that you are near the site of a bloomery - a type of furnace used for smelting
iron from its oxides, look to your right on the lake shore and you may easily find lumps of iron slag
A short distance from here the path turns uphill alongside a wall, follow this to the gate and return
to the start point and car park.
Start/Finish: Cinderdale car park, gridref: NY 162 194
Distance: 1.5 miles (2.5km)
Terrain: Grassy tracks - take care when the ground is wet. Good footwear and waterproofs are recommended.
Dogs welcome under close control; be aware that the fields are grazed. Please do not allow your dog to
foul on paths or around picnic areas. No bins provided - please take all litter, including dog waste, home.
Time to complete the walk: 1-2 hours