We embarked on a road trip to Northern England over the August Bank Holiday weekend. For the first part of the trip, we based ourselves just outside the South Lakeland town of Ulverston.
A mile North of Coniston Water is the Tilberthwaite Valley, a perfect spot for a Lakeland walk. There’s a free carpark located near Tilberthwaite Farm (the National Trust is looking for a new tenant, if you fancy a change of career …) and the walk can easily be done without the need for hiking boots. The Boy Child, the friend-who-is-like-my-brother and I all wore trainers; only The Brainy One had opted for boots. There aren’t many trail markers, so an Ordnance Survey map could be useful if you’re unfamiliar with the area. The friend-who-is-like-my-brother is a local, so we were all set.
As well as looking out for the occasional sheep on the trail, walkers are also advised to keep an eye and ear out for mountain bikers and scramblers. Neither seemed prepared to give way to pedestrians. And, because it’s the Lake District, you never know what you might discover around a corner.No small dogs were harmed during a circuit of the Tilberthwaite Valley.