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Skelghyll Woods Walk

Skelghyll Woods sit to the south side of the town of Ambleside, and as well as being a very pleasant stretch of woodland, at the top of the woods is Jenkyns Crag, one of Thomas West's original viewing stations.

Thomas West was a pioneer guide book writer, publishing the very first guide to the Lakes in the latter part of the 18th century, long before mass tourism started. His books were aimed at the affluent upper classes who could afford to take long holidays in the Lake District.

In those days the fells were seen as forbidding places where no self respecting crinoline clad lady would ever dare to tread. Thomas West overcame this by identifying points on the landscape that were easy to get to and from where an excellent view could be obtained.


You can reach Skelghyll Woods by taking the main road out of Ambleside as far as Hayes Garden World, and then turning left, walking through a car park onto Old Lake Road, then a little further along taking a steep minor road left. It is well signed. The climb is steep in places but the track is easy to navigate.

Below is a video of the walk up Jenkyns Crag.


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