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River Rothay running through White Moss Common copyright Charlie Hedley

Miles Without Stiles 9: White Moss Common


Route type: For all / for many (the route has been improved in 2015 - the for some section shown in the map is now suitable for many) This woodland and meadow walk gives access to the beautiful River Rothay - OS Explorer Map OL7

Distance: 1.25 km or 0.8 miles for all, 2.25 km or 1.4 miles for some

Start point: Car park south of the A591. Dedicated disabled spaces are available - grid ref. NY 351065

Turning points: For all, gate into Penny Rock Wood - grid ref. NY 346061 For some, just beyond the stream - grid ref. NY 343059

Facilities: Toilets with baby changing facilities 40 metres from car park. Ice cream van across the road

Getting there: Bus: regular 555 and 599 services along the A591 from Ambleside and Keswick. Car: A591 for 4 km north of Ambleside.


Follow the wide, smooth stone path out of the car park and cross a wooden footbridge. This brings you into a meadow area with two small benches close to the riverside.

The River Rothay is beautiful here, often sun dappled as the light passes through the trees, and is alive with ducks, dippers and herons. In spring, the woodland is carpeted in bluebells. The steep fell to the north is Nab Scar and Loughrigg Fell rises to the south.

Continue along the path and through two easy opening gates to another bench and an area of hard standing. This is a great place for a rest and picnic. Ahead is another gate into Penny Rock Wood. The path through here has been improved and zigzags up the initial slope at a 1:10  gradient. Follow the path to the junction where wheelchair and pushchair users need to take the right hand route, avoiding the steep slope and steps down to the Grasmere outflow bridge. Once over the bridge, rest and savour the iconic view of the lake.  


Map - White Moss Common route