Thirlmere is not on the list of 40 things to do when you have been married for forty years, but, being rebels, we went there anyway. If you like to really “get away” from it all then Thirlmere is the “lake” for you. We parked at Station Coppice, which is a handy place to start the walk, but be aware; parking is to be paid for.
Thirlmere is actually a reservoir, there was a small lake before the reservoir was created, called Leathes or Wythburn Water but a dam was constructed and Thirlmere was the result. The circular walk is around 10 miles, but not very well signed so there is an opportunity to get a bit lost and you might end up doing a bit more than 10. Some of the walk is away from the lakeside, but don’t let this put you off.
“We now approached the lake of Wyburn, or Thirlmer, as it is sometimes called; an object every way suited to the ideas of desolation which surround it, No tufted verdure graces it’s banks, nor hanging woods throw rich reflections on its surface: but every form which it suggests, is savage, and desolate”.
Once you start the walk the sense of solitude and of being “somewhere else” is quite startling. There were a couple of people looking at the waterfall which is at the start of the walk, but once we left them behind we didn’t see another soul apart from some birds and, on the water, a couple of canoeists.
After we had walked a couple of miles or so we followed a sign with Permissible Path and an arrow pointing left. DO NOT follow this, unless you have good waterproof boots on and don’t mind adding half an hour or more to your walk. It leads to the rear of a house and some big Leaves. Then you have to return the way you came.
|Some Big Leaves|
We didn’t do the whole walk, saving it for a later date, probably in a week or two when there is a little more colour in the trees but, if you want to see something of the wildness of The Lake District without climbing fells then Thirlmere makes an excellent place for a walk and a picnic.
|Autumn Arrives in Cumbria|
A word of caution, if you do visit Thirlmere and want to make a day of it bring water, food etc. with you. Don’t skimp on footwear or thick trousers, I wouldn’t recommend shorts or a skirt (RP). There are no shops, although there is a pub within walking (or driving) distance. A detour will take you there about a third of the way round if you set off right from the waterfall.
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