When it comes to perfect Lake District pubs, the Kirkstile Inn is definitely in the top ten, maybe even the top five! It embodies everything you could ever want in a perfect pub. Cheery staff, proper Lakeland food, ale brewed in it’s own microbrewery, a blackened chimney breast and roaring fire, a flagged floor and the lived-in style of low beams, chunky furniture and pictures of years gone by on the wall.
There's a lovely route for a ramble which starts from the Kirkstile, leading down to the shores of Crummock Water. Along this particular shore of Crummock, there are spectacular views of Grasmoor, where it takes on a whole new appearance, virtually alpine in form.
In the foreground is Scale Hill, a famous stop on the Victorian tours of the Lake District. As summer gives way to autumn, the hill is a riot of colour as the trees turn. Wide tracks lead through the wood. The path is suitable for prams and wheelchairs though it is a bit bumpy in places. It's great for bikes!
After you've spotted all the squirrels, had a splash in the lake, and wandered back, you'll surely have worked up an appetite for lunch. If there's a seat available next to the blazing fire, it's a lovely spot to thaw out on a chilly day, and if you're doing the walk with a pup in tow, they're sure to appreciate a fireside snooze.
The steaming tattie pot and steak pie is delicious - huge generous portions with gorgeous chunky chips and a giant pile of vegetables. Good value, good food and a lovely atmosphere!
Scale Hill and the shores of Crummock make for a perfect short wintery walk, especially if you have children with you as you can make it as long or short as you like. Myriad paths lead through the forest and there is even a small cave!
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