Local Walks 1- Post Knott and Brant Fell

Hi I’m Molly, I work at the Burn How in reception and over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of my favourite local walks with you! Since moving to the Lake District last July I have tried to do as much walking as possible and have managed to compile a little list of favourites I would recommend you try. Not all of them are directly around the hotel but all are accessible by either car or public transport and would make a nice day out.

As the weather starts to get better now is a perfect time to venture into walking in the Lakes, as the woods are filled with beautiful bluebells and the smell of wild garlic. The walks we’ll be going on vary in ability from absolute beginner to a bit more experienced, but please make sure you’re prepared with warm clothes and food and have told someone where you’re going as conditions in the fells can turn quickly.

Before we get into the list please make sure to read the safety information on walking in the lakes provided by the national park here and the countryside code here. Make sure to keep yourself and the countryside safe!

We’re kicking off with the walk up Post Knott and Brant Fell which starts just behind our hotel! This is a moderately easy walk, although it can be a little steep and the path can get muddy if wet. I suggest leaving about 40 minutes- an hour each way.

Leave the hotel through the back drive, heading onto Kendal Road. Turn left as if to walk into Bowness, but after the Royal Oak take the right leading onto Brantfell Road. Follow this road all the way to the top where you will reach a gate into a field. Keep following the path through the field- passing a bench that signals the end of the Dales Way (80 miles from Ilkley to Bowness!). At the top of the path you will head through another gate. Turn right here and follow the path all the way round, curving up the hill until you reach the Post Knott viewpoint. On the way up you will pass by a bench which has a message on from the team at Burn How. I won’t tell you exactly where it is but if you bring us back a picture of the inscription you’ll get a free glass of wine! Once you’ve passed Post Knott follow the hill up through a gate and you’ll come out onto the summit of Brant Fell where you’ll be able to take in glorious views of Lake Windemere and Grizedale forest on the other side. To descend, we suggest following the path back down but instead of turning left onto the Dales Way and Brantfell road, keep going coming out onto Helm road which you can follow back down into the town and past the shops in Bowness.

If you plan to do this walk, come and speak to us at reception as we have a map we can give you which will help!

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