Clues To Go    -    Lake District, from Windermere


A route designed for a leasurely day in the Lake District, particularly if you are with all the family - the questions are non-cryptic and the answers relatively easy to locate at each stop on the way.

The route takes you from the busiest part of the region (Windermere) to the quieter, less well known area to the west (Broughton-in-Bowness) then back again to Coniston Water (Swallows & Amazons & Sir Donald Campbell's ill-fated world speed record attempt in Bluebird). Then finishing with an exciting hill climb in your vehicle up The Struggle,  the steep, winding, narrow lane that climbs from Ambleside up to the Kirkstone Pass Inn. Don't worry - the first section of this road seems narrow and steep, but as it progresses it widens out and provides glorious views of the surrounding hills.

 There is an alternative ending provided, in Ambleside, if the road up to Kirkstone is closed due to bad weather in winter months.

This is the country of Wordsworth, Swallows & Amazons  and  Beatrix Potter. Local tourist businesses make the most of these connections, but generally in very good taste.

 On the way you pass through some of the finest scenery in Britain, particularly on the lesser used roads in and out of Broughton-in-Furness, which itself is a hidden gem of a town, with its Georgian buildings and pleasant market square.

There are plenty of places on the way to enjoy lunch & refreshments, or perhaps stop for a picnic between towns. Hawkshead, although not included in any questions on this route, is a picturesque village worth a visit, though you are obliged to park in the pay-&-display car park there, as you can't take your car into the village (which adds to its charm).

Although it takes approx. 4 hours to complete, including stops, it is suggested that you make a full day of it and linger in any of the towns, villages & attractions on the route.

 Apart from the quiet section between Coniston and Ambleside, there are no questions to be answered whilst 'in transit' along the roads, so as to avoid any distraction as you enjoy the glorious views that keep arising and also so that the driver can concentrate on the roads and the traffic.


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