The Journal
20th October 2017

An Autumn Walk and Picnic in the Lake District

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Two spectacular Autumn walks beckon in the form of the Heritage Trail that starts at Brockhole on Windermere and ends at Troutbeck and An Autumn Walk Above Derwentwater. Both walks have been organised by the National Trust and take place on October 20th and 21st respectively. All you have to do is turn up.

The Heritage Trail

The Heritage Trail is just under 4 miles and takes in some of the most stunning scenery imaginable. The route is easy and so the walk is suitable for anyone, but a stout pair of shoes or walking boots is recommended as the paths can be rough underfoot.

An Autumn Walk Above Derwentwater

A shorter walk at just 2.4 miles is the Autumn Walk Above Derwentwater. This walk starts at Great Wood before stopping at Barrow House for a cup of tea and a talk and then tramping on to the end of the walk – a glorious way to spend an Autumn morning.

Both walks are guided and so there is no need to worry about taking along a map or other navigational shenanigans, however, it is advised that you dress appropriately for the time of year – so some warm layers and waterproofs should be packed just in case.

The clean, fresh air, a little light exercise and stunning views are not the only reasons that you should consider joining one of these splendid walks – you will, of course need sustenance while out and about in the Lake District and therein lies an opportunity.

When Opportunity Knocks

For lunch why not plan the perfect picnic and take along your Chapman Lambswool Travel Rug. It is perfect for an al fresco bite to eat as it has a detachable waterproof lining and is super cosy to sit on. And, if you plan to have a little drinkie with your lunch, don’t forget to buy screw top bottles…

When you have eaten, simply roll up the rug, strap on the leather harness, pop it into your rucksack and then continue on your wonderful walk.

Once the walk is over and after the traditional post walk pint of beer, you may find you want to treat yourself to some fine dining. If that is the case, then head down the road and experience the new, mouthwatering Autumn menu at The Forest Side Michelin star restaurant in Grasmere.

Here, Head Chef and Chapman Ambassador, Kevin Tickle, has taken inspiration from the Cumbrian landscape and conjured up 3 new Autumn menus; THE GRAND ‘UN, THE L’AL ‘UN and THE REET L’AL ‘UN – answers on a postcard for the translation of these traditional Cumbrian parlons.

All three menus are available for vegetarians as well as for those who eat meat and represent the perfect way to end a beautiful day out on the fells – plus here you can rest assured that no corkscrew is required, or at least not by you personally.

For more information about the walks, follow the links in this post or visit the Lake District Nation Park website.