24th January 2014Walk and a pint? If only...

As the season to detox continues Giles and I have been trying - and occasionally failing - to treat our bodies like temples. Not only has this involved temperance but also regular bouts of exercise (after which we try and discourage each other from going to the pub).

Irton Pike blog.. Walk and a pint? If only...

Although this means some of the joys of the lovely old inns, coach houses, pubs and restaurants of the Western Lake District have been denied us, we can still enjoy the landscape. 

Our most recent walk began perilously close to the temptations of The Bridge Inn at Santon Bridge and took us to the top of Irton Pike. Wasdale is rightly famous as one of the most spectacular valleys in England, wild in its beauty and presided over by the Lakeland giants of Great Gable and Scafell Pike. 

Irton Pike blog.. Walk and a pint? If only...

However, as much as a trek up either of these peaks is a must, there are myriad different locations where you can enjoy the grandeur of the place without climbing one of the biggest fells in the country. Irton Pike is one of these. 

From the roadside about a mile out of Santon Bridge we headed into the woods that surround the lower slopes of Irton Pike. Although it is only a little over 200m, it is one of those hills that stands head and shoulders above the surrounding countryside and a steep path (a real calorie burner surely?) pulls up one of its flanks onto open moorland. Puffing slightly we were rewarded with a fine view as the reddening sun burnished the fells above Wasdale. With enough time and inclination it is possible to continue across the plateau that joins Irton Pike to climb onto the Scafell massif. However, we were happy just to walk up to its summit and enjoy the views out to sea and along the Western Lake District coastline all the way to the Solway and Scotland. 

Irton Pike blog.. Walk and a pint? If only...

It was getting dark as we headed back down to the car and the image of the welcoming glow from the windows of the Bridge Inn played on our minds. Surely our walk entitled us to at least a half? 

 

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