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Braithwaite, Whinlatter and Thornthwaite 5.5 miles easy
- Map - Outdoor Leisure 4 – The English Lakes North-Western area
- Distance - 5.5 miles (about 2500 feet of total ascent)
- Stiles - Two stiles, one with a large dog flap and the other with a dog paddle
- Date walked - 11 May 2014
This is intended to be a basic route guide only so you will need to follow a map and or the GPX file.
If you would like to receive by e mail a free GPX file (track converted from the trail we walked) produced by our Satmap Active 10 GPS please contact us quoting Braith Whin Thorn. Please note this file is for personal use only and must not be further reproduced without our explicit permission. Those wishing to use the file commercially should make their intentions clear when contacting us. Please note we can not guarantee this file will work successfully on any other GPS or that the data might be corrupted in transfer but we are confident, in most cases when it is loaded into a robust GPS, it will greatly assist navigation.
Start from Braithwaite up the Whinlatter Pass road. Turn left into unofficial parking space (by road sign to official parking) on left hand side of road. Take the footpath up steps at the right hand side of parking area signed to Grisedale. Follow the path up steps then steadily uphill before crossing a stile with a very generous dog paddle. Bear right shortly after towards forest area then cross a stile with an adequate dog paddle into the forest (mostly recently cut when we walked).
Follow the track away from the stile and downhill. At a fork bear left uphill on a less distinct track. Stay on this main track and start looking for numbered marker posts. After a good distance note #57 and keep ahead on the main track and cross a beck. At #51 turn left. At #49 turn right. At #45 bear right (straight onish). At #44 turn right. At #43 you reach a car park. Turn left up the road to reach the visitor centre (either all the way along the road or via several ‘cut throughs’ to the car park on the right hand side of the road – either way TAKE CARE as there will be traffic on this road.
The visitor centre has toilets and a café with dog friendly covered outdoor seating area. There are many walk routes from here if you’d like to extend the route Murphy and Lottie walked. Our route used a bridlepath on a clear track away from the visitor centre from the road (also the red, blue and green set routes). Follow the clear track for some distance but keep an eye out for a finger post for the bridlepath to Thornthwaite. You’ll find it a short distance after a left hand bend in the track pointing right down through the trees. Follow the way down taking care to bear left over a footbridge where the bridleway crosses the stream. Follow the bridleway into Thornthwaite. Shortly after passing the first house turn right on to a byway marked unsuitable for motor vehicles. We walked further into the village to explore before doing this – if you get to the gallery you’ve gone passed the byway.
Follow the byway to a T junction. Go straight ahead through a gate on to a footpath with two finger posts. These suggest there are two paths at this point – but only one was obvious to us – slightly left of ahead (and not down the fence line as one of the posts suggested). Keep to this path with fields on your left, then through a gate and across a field, then around a building (following finger posts for Braithwaite when they start). Just passed the building the path joins the Whinlatter Pass road via a gate. We returned to Braithwaite via path almost opposite and a footbridge over a stream.
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