Distance: 6km; with Lynsey & Isabel
On the way home from Centre Parcs we decided that we would like to go for a walk and the Hawes Water walk in the Lancashire ATP guidebook fitted the bill nicely as it was only a short distance off the M6. Therefore we set off walking shortly before 2pm under mostly sunny skies (although there was a brief shower soon after we started).
We followed a path through the woods for a while passing a couple of gates and path junctions before entering a field filled with wild flowers. We took the obvious clear path across a couple of fields before re-entering the woods and trying to find Hawes Water, but to no avail. It transpired that we had taken the wrong path across the fields so we were now a few hundred metres too far east with no easy direct way to the lake with the pushchair; clearly I should have actually been map reading rather than just following the route description in the guidebook!
We opted to continue along the path we were on and passed to the west of Gait Barrows before reaching a minor road, which we followed west for a short distance before heading south again on a path towards Hawes Water. After a quick look at the lake, we soon left the woods again and re-entered the fields on a clear path, which we followed across a couple of fields. We reached a stile and detoured left along the wall for a short distance to reach our outward route at a gate; this was where we had gone wrong earlier as the correct route was slightly hidden by a small rise in the ground. We returned along the track through the woods and reached the car at around 3:45pm.