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Don’t let the name scare you – the Coffin Route is a glorious woodland walk between Ambleside and Grasmere in the Lake District National Park.
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Starting in the busy Lakeland town of Ambleside this walk follows a medieval corpse road that was once used to transport dead bodies to their final resting place at St Oswald’s Church in Grasmere.
You’ll find no skeletons, ghosts or ghouls here today though, just a beautiful 3-mile walk that cuts through a wooded valley and passes the lakes of Rydal Water and Grasmere.
With the Fairfield horseshoe to the north and the ever-popular Loughrigg Fell to the south, you’re right in the heart of the Lake District’s finest mountain scenery, but apart from some slight undulation this is a gentle stroll that walkers of all ages and abilities can enjoy. Along the way you’ll pass historic Dove Cottage – once the family home of famous Lakeland poet William Wordsworth – en route to the idyllic village of Grasmere with its pubs, cafes, shops and famous gingerbread.
There are plenty of buses that run along the A591 back to Ambleside, but why not give yourself a treat and walk the route in reverse to savour those views from the opposite direction?
This route was voted 27th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: Despite its spooky name, there’s nothing to fear on this beautiful woodland trail between two of the Lake District’s most popular settlements. We love it!