A circular, full-day mountain (above 600m) walk in national park Lake District (England) starting at Patterdale (bus stop), Cumbria, about 12.1km (roughly 7.5 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Find Public Transport to Patterdale (bus stop), Cumbria
The Patterdale and Glenridding bus from Penrith opens up endless options for the car-free walker, right in the heart of this stunning region. This walk takes you up St Sunday Crag, across the summit of Fairfield and down along Hartsop over How. Enjoy great views of Ullswater to the north and Windemere to the south.
From Patterdale, take the path behind the Post Office. This leads through farmland at the foot of St Sunday Crag. Pass a small patch of woodland and there is a path heading directly uphill after 200m or so.
About 1.2 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 1OS Grid: NY383150
The route starts with a tricky little patch heading up through Harrison Crag. From here, the going gets easier as you head up towards Birks. Head to the top of Birks if you want to bag an extra Wainwright.
About 2 km (roughly 1.2 miles) from 6OS Grid: NY399144
At Bridgend, take the path across the valley. This means you can take the footpath on the east side of the valley, rather than a trudge along the side of the A592. At Rooking, take the small road back to Patterdale. Try the White Lion or the Patterdale Hotel for a beer before you get the bus back.
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