Yesterday we saw our first glimpses of snow in the Lake District with a small covering on the tops of Blencathra, Skiddaw and the Langdales.
As the weather turns colder it can be tricky to keep younger children interested in marching up a cold mountain. There are lots of nice short walks near our self catering cottages with plenty of interest to stop children getting bored, cold and tired.
Starting from Rosthwaite in Borrowdale, walk down the lane past the Flock Inn. If you want to cross the stepping stones over the river then wellies are essential, otherwise it's an extra few minutes to walk along and cross over the ancient packhorse bridge.
The path wanders along the side of the river, with lots of chunky tree roots to negotiate and trees to clamber over, coming out at the Longthwaite youth hostel. Shortly after this is the highlight of the walk, a chain across a narrow section of rock, and a nice scrambly section that kids will love climbing over (over and over and over!).
The pebbled bay of the river is a lovely spot to stop for lunch or to skim stones.
Return by the same route, or cross over the packhorse bridge at Longthwaite to walk past the slate and whitewashed cottages of Rosthwaite, crossing a field with superb views of Rigghead quarry on High Scawdel.
The Flock Inn sells hot drinks and home made cakes (amazing flapjacks!). If you have dogs with you, there is a large sheltered seating area outside.
This is a great little walk from our self catering cottages in Borrowdale. You can make it as short or long as you like since the riverside path links up with the three main villages of Borrowdale; Grange, Rosthwaite and Seatoller over the course of about 4 miles.