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Champion Tree Trail Waterhead Ambleside

September 4, 2013

Driving along the A591 as you enter Ambleside, a quick glance to the right, and what looks like some really tall trees. However these are not just any trees, they are Champion Trees.

Skelghyll Woods

Skelghyll Woods

National Trust have made a perfect little walk which takes about 30 minutes to wander through and view the trees. There are over 150 different types from various countries including Japan, America and Europe, including my favourite the sequoia tree.

Champion Tree Trail

Champion Tree Trail

It was early September and the sun was beating down, looks like it may be an Indian Summer this year, so a shady woodland walk was perfect.

Skelghyll Trees

Skelghyll Trees

There were several picnic tables on the trail, making it a great family walk.

Helpful Signs

Helpful Signs

All along the route there were signs on the trees telling their type, country of origin etc.

Grand Fir

Grand Fir

Despite lying on the ground to try and get a good shot, the trees are so tall it was impossible. You can find the tallest Grand Fir in England here stretching 190ft high at the last count!.

Champion Tree

Champion Tree

The walk continues on until you reach a little brook, excellent for more family fun and perhaps a quick paddle.

Small stream

Small stream

All of the route is well marked out with signs pointing the way to the next trees.

Clear songs

Clear signs

Downhill all the way now, sun shining through the leaves. Spotted a red squirrel, but it was too quick for me to take a photograph. I did however capture this caterpillar making it’s way across the path.

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

The walk is a nice circular route taking you back to a small car park at Stagshaw Gardens, just of the A591 at Waterhead. There is lots of parking at Waterhead itself so why not park there and then you can treat yourself to a choc dip icecream while watching the steamers coming in to the pier. I didn’t have time but you can extend this walk by going up to Jenkins Crag. This is a great viewpoint with views of Windermere.

Shady walk

Shady walk

Apparently the trees were set out in 1860’s by the Victorians. Bet they didn’t think they would grow so large!.

Autumn Blackberries

Autumn Blackberries

As I walked back to the car I spotted a sign that showed Autumn was nearly here. Abundant blackberries along the hedgerow. Luckily I carry a small tupperware box for just such an occasion. A lovely walk and bramble and apple pie for tea. What could be better.

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