View of Thirlmere from Armboth copyright Charlie Hedley

Miles Without Stiles 39: Armboth and Station Coppice

Miles Without Stiles

Two short routes with excellent views of Thirlmere Reservoir - OS Explorer Map OL5.

Route for all. 250m distance.

Route

The route from Armboth car park is currently inaccessible due to a road closure.

For Station Coppice, leave the lay-by on the Northbound side of the A591, by a path at its northern end and pass through a gate. There are steps to the right, but a path goes downhill a little way before coming back around to above the steps.

A second start point for this route is from from the Swirls car park on the Southbound side of the A591, from the car park go through a gate where there is a tunnel under the road, once through this head down the track a little way before taking the path back up to above the steps.

The route undulates along a well surfaced path, including a short, steep section with a 1:9 gradient and finishes with a good view out across the Thirlmere Reservoir. The wooded hills of High Seat and Bleaberry Fell can be seen across the water.

Thirlmere was created as a reservoir in the late Victorian era. Previously, two small tarns, Leathes Water and Wythburn Water, were connected by a stream and small causeway bridge. They all disappeared - along with a hamlet and pub - when the valley floor was flooded.

Details

Start point:

Station Coppice, Swirls car park (Northbound) or see route description for route from Southbound car park

Postcode: CA12 4TN
Grid reference: NY 315170
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Turning point:

Grid reference: NY 3146 1714
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Facilities:

Accessible toilets at Armboth car park and at United Utilities Swirls car park (Radar key required for disabled toilet). Nearby refreshments only at an ice cream van at Swirls car park

Getting there:

Bus: Station Coppice, the 555 Kendal to Keswick service runs along the A591 all year round and stops at Swirls. Car: For Station Coppice A591 from Keswick or Ambleside to Station Coppice car park (on Northbound side) or Swirls car park (Southbound). For Armboth, the minor road left from Legburthwaite, just beyond the St John’s in the Vale junction (currently closed).