Honister Crag And Crummock Water
Ey a Special Correspondent The main highway through the Lake District leaves the north road at Kendal and runs through Windermere to Ambleside, and then past Grasmere to Thirlmere and Keswick. This highway is crowded in summer, so by-ways are more pleasant.
Past Lake Windermere Let the motorist leave the north road at Leven's Bridge before reaching Kendal, and make for Newby Bridge at the foot of Windermere. From here a road runs up the eastern shore of Windermere, with frequent views of the lake, but otherwise shaded with woods. Approaching Bowness, there is a road leading down to and alongside the shore. A. couple of miles further, one joins the highway from Kendal and runs with it to Ambleside, a delightful road close beside the water, giving good views of the distant Fells, the " Old Man of Coniston " and the Langdale Pikes.
From Ambleside turn left along the Coniston road, and after a mile, left again at Clappersgate over the river Brathay. The road mounts steadily up Hawkshead Hill, until, passing through woods, there is a sharp run down to the head of Coniston Water and then into Coniston Town.
The Langdale Pikes From Coniston, take the Yewdale road and climb the valley, Wetherlam on the left and Yewdale beck on the right. The road ascends to a pass between high fells, and then falls to more open country and Skelwith Bridge over the river Brathay.
Crossing the bridge, a run may be made past Elter Water up the Langdale valley to view the Langdale Pikes. Back from Langdale a turn left leads to Grasmere, and one soon comes to Red Bank, a steep down-hill with glimpses of the mere between trees, while backward there is a view of Rydal Water.
Threading Grasmere, one passes the .village church, with its Wordsworth associations, and joins the main road. After a long pull up Dunmail Raise, the road descends to Thirlmere. The main road runs beside the eastern shore,but that on the west is good, and on the way there is a view-point from which the lake can be
surveyed. Beyond Thirlmere the roads reunite, and further on there is first a fine view of Skiddaw ahead, then a sight of Bassenthwaite Lake, and then Derwentwater. Finally, down a sharp hill one runs into Keswick.
Taking the Borrowdale road, one obtains a magnificent view of the head of Derwentwater; Cat Bells, Falcon Crag, and Borrowdale ahead, and then one traverses a green tunnel, with gaps through which delightful peeps are obtainable. Passing Lodore, one comes to Grange. and then into Borrowdale, famous for its birches, and the pretty river Derwent. Further on is open country, apparently hemmed in with hill fells on every side.
Past Scatollcr is the new road for Buttermero. First a steep hill up a lovely little gill, and then a steady climb, will at last one turns a corner and finds the pass dropping steeply away, while Honister Crag frowns right overhead. At the foot of the descent is Buttermere, and then Crummock Water. From here a return to Keswick can be made over the Whinlatter pass.