On a short walk in hot weather to see the bluebells above Glenridding, taking the lovely old path to Keldas and then Lanty’s Tarn. The bluebells were tremendous, the whole slope above Glenridding filled with them. A grand path, surrounded by so many familiar summits and the blue expanse of Ullswater beyond.
Wainwright describes the little hilltop of Keldas as one of the great viewpoints of the Lake District. And so it is. But you walk there under sufferance from the landowners, the Patterdale Hall Estate, in and out on a permissive path, unless you choose to trespass and seek an alternative walk.
How and why this lovely little summit didn’t get designated as access land under CRoW (Countryside and Rights of Way Act) is quite beyond me. It is open country in every sense of the world, and the profusion of native bluebells shows that the ground hasn’t been “improved”.
The view from its pines is magnificent. Steamers and sailing dinghies on the lake below standing out with great clarity.
Lanty’s Tarn was half-dry, sending the little fish to explore the deeper stretches under the trees. An idyllic spot spoiled only by the “Keep Out” signs and ugly fencing put up by the Patterdale Hall Estate.
We descended into Grisedale, a terrific valley of long views, St Sunday Crag dominated the horizon. Up then into Glenamara (Glemara) Park, once a hunting preserve with a dramatic deer wall. We saw no deer, but a lot more bluebells.
Then down into Patterdale and a pleasant stroll back to Glenridding.
An easy half-day walk, with some of the best scenery in Lakeland.