The weather really is extraordinary. I do not remember the famous heatwave of 1976 but I can definitely say this is the longest and warmest spell of weather I ever remember in this country. Sunny walks though can be brilliant (despite what some of the doom mongers say).
I must admit I treat walking in this heat a bit like walking in the snow. Be prepared and compromise on the type of walk if necessary.
Enough of the dire warnings, walking in the sun can be fantastic and immensely satisfying, especially when confronted with a cold drink at the end of the day. Here are a few tips concerning the type of walk to take.
I have included 5 of my favourite walks even in the hottest of weather.
Styhead and Sprinkling Tarn . A 6 mile circuit to 2 of the best tarns in the Lakes, set dramatically amongst the highest mountains.
Beauty of Ullswater . Take the launch along Ullswater and return via its banks, lakeside walking at its very best.
Haystacks from Buttermere . A rugged mountain with hidden tarns on the mountain, a lake to approach next to and a bubbling stream oon the return.
Easedale Tarn from Grasmere . A short climb brings you to a tarn nestling amogst some rugged hills with the return via a pretty river.
Loughrigg Tarn and Rydal Water . 7 miles of rolling walking following in the footsteps of William Wordsworth
A Round of Malham Tarn A peaceful and short stroll next to one of the very few bodies of (non reservoir) water in the Dales
Villages and waterfalls near Settle. The first part of the walk takes in two lovely waterfalls, the remainder is along rolling countryside.
Cataracts of the Strid . A section of the River Wharfe, mainly in trees and alongside this impressive river
Waterfalls above Askrigg. Climb in woodland alongside this tumbling stream with pools and small falls near the village of Askrigg.
Lovely Barbondale A climb to one of the great views of the Dales followed by a wander back alongside the beautiful river of Barbon.
North York Moors and Coast
Villages of the Esk Valley . The River Esk is one of the main rivers of the area with villages and woods characterising its banks.
Dalby Forest Walk . A forest but a playground as well, Dalby Forest is a great place to escape the sun
The Delights of Runswick Bay . Possibly the prettiest place on the North Yorkshire Coast with a hidden gem of a village on the shore.
Flamborough Head There are many places to escape the cliffs and drop down to hidden beaches and rock pools
Cod Beck Reservoir . Near Osmotherley lies the small reservoir of Cod Beck, tranquil and cool under the woodland along its shores.
Enjoy your walking in this stunning, once in a generation weather.
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