As well as encouraging our guests to explore the farm, which is an interesting walk in itself, we want to share some of our favourite walks that can be done directly from Fornside. They are all run-able if you’re keen to pick up the pace, and the route alongside Thirlmere offers a quiet (and unusually flat!) road-biking option.
The Coffin Track
This walk can be as long or as short as you please. You can access the Coffin Track/Road, which runs up the west side of the Vale, by turning right out of Fornside and then left along the track over the lovely old stone-built Soskill Bridge. Its worth reading about the track’s history in the acclaimed ‘Corpse Roads of Cumbria’ book and yes, it was the route for local people to carry their loved ones to burial. The Coffin Track offers stunning vistas of Blencathra and the Glenderraterra Valley to the North as well as towards Great Dodd, behind Fornside, and the range towards Helvellyn. You are likely to see a crane or two and possibly a buzzard circling. If you make it all the way to St John’s Church, it’s worth a the few extra yards along the road there to enjoy breath-taking views of the North Western Fells.