For some people trees have life, not the swaying in the breeze or shaking off the last vestiges of the rain just as you pass below, but like the long forgotten Ents in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Others see them as statues, immobile, and without life bar the bursting into leaf every spring. Our land was once covered in a rich blanket of deep forest where bear and wolf would lurk. No such wildlife in our woods of today though, perhaps sadly.
Whatever you see in trees and woodland hopefully they'll be something for you, be it the bushes and shrubs under the few fine oaks, or the dense slightly spooky pine plantations.
Park at the Noble Knott car park about midway up the hill to the Whinlatter visitor centre.
If you need accommodation we have details of 86 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
Behind the information board in the car park is the junction of paths, bear right, following the white banded markers, passing the Words in the Woods post No.1.
Continue along the path through mixed woodland with the road not far below you. Bear right at the first junction. Carry on the path, traversing the hillside, across two simple wooden bridges (which are very slippery in the wet) which span small streams.
Bear left onto the track. At the crossroads continue straight ahead. Just before the path swings right to go over a bridge, our path, marked by white posts goes straight ahead and then bears left to climb the hillside in some gentle zigzags.
The path joins a fence line, but does not cross it, which is the last before the open fell. Continue along the fence for a while.
Meeting the wide track turn left on to it, more white markers here for reference. Drop down, as the track swings left another track comes in from the right. Turn right here and continue to the next junction with a forest road. Turn sharply left.
After approx 100m (110 yards) take the path on the right, now the marker has both black and white bands. Drop down through the dark and dense thicket of pines and bear left to climb back up the hillside a little way.
It then meanders some more back to the junction of all paths, and the car park.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Words In The Woods||same start point|
|Force Crag Mine||0.8km (0.5 miles) away|
|Grisedale Pike and Hopegill Head||0.8km (0.5 miles) away|
|The Coledale Horseshoe||1.1km (0.7 miles) away|
|To Force Crag Mine - a Coledale Low Round||1.2km (0.8 miles) away|
|A Shorter Coledale Round||1.3km (0.8 miles) away|
|Whinlatter||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Barf, Lord's Seat, Ullister Hill and Seat How||2.0km (1.2 miles) away|
|Causey Pike and Scar Crag||2.9km (1.8 miles) away|
|Ullock Pike, Longside Edge, Carl Side||3.9km (2.4 miles) away|
|Skiddaw - Dodd||3.9km (2.4 miles) away|
|Catbells and the Newlands valley||4.1km (2.5 miles) away|
|Catbells||4.1km (2.5 miles) away|
|Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy - A Half Newlands||4.1km (2.5 miles) away|
|Graystones, Broom Fell, and Lord's Seat||4.3km (2.7 miles) away|
|Cumbria Way - Keswick to Caldbeck||4.4km (2.8 miles) away|
|The National Trust Centenary Stone from Keswick||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
|A short walk to Friar's Crag from the Moot Hall, Keswick||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
|Castlehead Viewpoint from the Moot Hall, Keswick||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
|Around Derwent Water||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
|A short walk to Spout Force||4.8km (2.9 miles) away|
|The Old Keswick Railway Line and Latrigg||4.8km (3.0 miles) away|
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