Gummers How and Cartmel Fell

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This walk starts at a car park just below Gummers How. Gummers How can be taken in at the beginning or at the end of the walk, depending on the weather and direction of the sun. There is an excellent view from the top. The walk continues up the road and onto the side of Cartmel Fell. This is then a circular walk, dropping down nearly to the valley bottom and back around. There are excellent views across to Whitbarrow Scar and the Yorkshire Dales and south to the sea. There are a number of excellent places to sit and picnic, such as Sow How Tarn. The route in general is on easy paths, although there are several stiles to navigate.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South East


Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Wildlife
16/11/2021 - victoria fox

We did this walk today 16th Nov 2021. Considering how much rain there was 2 weeks ago the going under foot was perfect with only one short boggy patch. Absolutley fabulous walk with great views without having to climb to gain height. Whilst having our picnic at the monument we were treated to a spectacular display of 6 jets. Very small dog friendly but not ideal for big dogs if you cant lift them over the stiles.

11/09/2017 - Christine Barker

This walk is an absolute joy from beginning to end. We did it on 6 Sep 2017, a mostly overcast day with occasional glimpses of sun & short showers. Views were still glorious. The area was full of interest and beauty. We had it all to ourselves! Directions worked well. We were pleased to have done the Gummer's Howe climb first but felt we could have summoned the energy to do it again at the end had the weather improved. Anyway, I recommend this walk very highly. Many thanks to the compiler

07/05/2014 - Robert Hughes

This really is an excellent walk with something for everyone. The all round distant views in all directions just keep on coming throughout the walk between which there are lovely stretches of farm and open land and wooded sections. Just brilliant. After WM 5 the tarn is now fenced and there is a tendency to leave the correct path to the right just before the beck leaving the tarn. Instead follow the track which crosses the beck and rises to the next gate. After WM 9 and having reached the high point keep going on the track which sweeps left and falls quite steeply before reaching the next gate.

16/12/2012 - Nick Norris

Did this on 11/12/2012 on a beautiful clear cold calm and sunny day. This an immensely enjoyable, easy walk with marvellous views in nearly every direction despite the relatively low elevation. Directions were excellent. NB There is no longer a brown tourist info sign to Gummers How from the A592, though there is a white sign. Also there are now permissive paths from the (free) Forestry Commission car park to Sow How Lane and to the road crossing point for Gummers How.

19/07/2012 - Pat McTiernan

This is possibly my favourite walk in the lakes, it can be a bit boggy in some places but the views are spectacular and some of the tranquil wooded areas are fantastic, the climb to the top of Gummers How is definitely recommended at the start of the walk and at the time I did the walk in June 2012 the car park was free.

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