The valley of cinders walk

Duration:Half Day

This gently ambling route through Cinderdale provides great views of Crummock Water and the surrounding countryside, whilst taking you back through the ages with easily spotted archaeological sites.

Have a look at our downloadable route map

  1. From the start point cross the road and walk up hill for approximately 20yds (20m) to the gate in the wall. Go through the gate and turn right along the newly-created path parallel to the wall, taking in the great views of Crummock Water and Melbreak along the way.

  2. As the path rises and levels out you will see to your left a post-medieval sheep fold rebuilt by us in the mid 1990s, the rocky knoll behind is a favoured picnic spot.

  3. Following along the path from here you will meet a wall and gate, within the wall is a stone which we think was used to sharpen swords in the Iron Age, can you find it? A local farmer tells us he found a sword on this site.

  4. Continue on from here until you approach another wall surrounding woodland, the route now drops steeply towards the lake shore, again with stunning views, care should be taken when wet as the ground may be slippery.

  5. At the bottom of the slope turn left and continue along the lakeshore track, you will come across a small bench to your left, this bench sits on a medieval charcoal burning platform.

  6. A short distance further on from here you may notice the path colour has darkened to a blackish hue, this is a sign that you are near the site of a bloomery - a type of furnace used for smelting iron from its oxides, look to your right on the lake shore and you may easily find lumps of iron slag exposed.

  7. A short distance from here the path turns uphill alongside a wall, follow this to the gate and return to the start point and car park.

Further Information

Start/Finish: Cinderdale car park, gridref: NY 162 194

Distance: 1.5 miles (2.5km)

Terrain: Grassy tracks - take care when the ground is wet. Good footwear and waterproofs are recommended. Dogs welcome under close control; be aware that the fields are grazed. Please do not allow your dog to foul on paths or around picnic areas. No bins provided - please take all litter, including dog waste, home.

Time to complete the walk: 1-2 hours

By Rebekah Ingham

How to get here

Cinderdale car park

CA13 9

Ordnance Survey OL4
The English Lakes
North Western area

NY 161 192

Get Directions

By bike: The Coast to Coast cycleway runs close to the start of the route.

By bus: Regular bus service from Keswick and Cockermouth 77 and 77A (Stagecoach).

By train: Penrith 27.9 miles (44.8kms).

By road: From Keswick by either Newlands pass or Honister pass. From Cockermouth by B5289 via Lorton.