Wordsworth’s famed daffs nod their heads to countless Lake District visitors beside Ullswater.
Far more secret are the woods above the tiny village of Brigsteer, nestled amid limestone hills above the Lyth Valley and Morecambe Bay. Here, wild Lenten lilies (an old English name for a native wild daffodil) stud the wooded slopes of Brigsteer Park, succeeded by ramsons and bluebells in a profusion of spring colours.
1. Through the kissing gate
2. Brimstone butterflies
Keep an eye open for early yellow-green brimstone butterflies. Aim to reach the far bottom corner of the woods and a gate into pasture. Now, shadow the field road up to the nearby Park End Farm. Cross the lane into the path through the yard, then rise to the top-left field corner gate, high above an unusual little waterfall. Turn right up the steep track; beyond the trees, turn up the slope to find Helsington Church. Clear days allow extensive views far into the mountains, sweeping from the Coniston Fells across distant Scafell to the Langdales.
3. Medieval pele tower
Click here to head over to the OS Maps website for an interactive version of this route.
HOW TO GET THERE
From junction 36 of the M6, follow ‘Lake District Peninsulas’ signs along the A590. Immediately after passing the A591 junction, turn right off the A590 at brown tourist signs for Sizergh Castle. Roadside parking is available outside the Strickland Arms.
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Hugely welcoming village B&B with lovely views.
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Disneyesque medieval pele tower castle with magnificent gardens.
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