A three-day Lake District walk

Submitted by Timwoods on 06 February 2012
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A linear, multi-day mountain (above 600m) walk in national park Lake District (England) starting at Eskdale, Cumbria, about 41.8km (roughly 26 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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A three-day Lake District walk covering a wide area. This walk takes approximately three days, using two National Trust campsites (open all year round). The first and last day are short walks, with a slightly longer day in the middle.

Start by catching a train to Ravensglass (unless you live in Ravenglass of course), then take the Ravenglass-Eskdale railway to the start of the walk. On the last day catch a bus back to Windermere for train connections.

Start: Eskdale, OS Grid: SD145998
End: Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, England, OS Grid: NY337076
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OL6 - The English Lakes: SW area (buy with 10% off)
OL7 - The English Lakes: SE area (buy with 10% off)
OL4 - The English Lakes: NW area (buy with 10% off)
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 2743m (9001ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 5451m (17886ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 2708m (8885ft)
Max. Elevation: 930m (3051ft)

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OS Grid: SD145998
Depart the narrow gauge railway at Eskdale Green Station and turn left at the main road.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 1 OS Grid: NY141001
After the Outward Bound Centre, turn right
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 2 OS Grid: NY142008
Continue straight over the road into the forest. Take the path heading upwards.
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 3 OS Grid: NY135021
After leaving the forest, take a path heading right up onto the ridge.
About 2.1 km (roughly 1.3 miles) from 4 OS Grid: NY151034
Start taking in the lovely views at Whin Rigg.
About 2.3 km (roughly 1.4 miles) from 5 OS Grid: NY168049
After reading the summit head down towards Sca Fell.
About 1.6 km (roughly 1 miles) from 6 OS Grid: NY183056
When the path meets the Coffin Track from Boot, turn left.
About 1.8 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 7 OS Grid: NY183074
The end of day one! Set up and camp!
OS Grid: NY183074
Head back up the Coffin Track towards Boot.
About 0.4 km (roughly 0.2 miles) from 9 OS Grid: NY184070
The path here can be hard to find so watch out for a stile at the top of the field and head towards it. Once through the field, head straight up the slope following a rough path. Keep to this path heading up towards Sca Fell summit.
About 2.3 km (roughly 1.5 miles) from 10 OS Grid: NY207065
At Sca Fell summit take the path heading north and then around to the right. Follow the path down the steep incline.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 11 OS Grid: NY211066
On reaching a path T junction, head up the slope.
About 0.4 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 12 OS Grid: NY209069
On reaching the ridge, head right up to Scafell Pike.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 13 OS Grid: NY215072
From Scafell Pike head along the main path towards Broad Crag then on towards Great End.
About 1.5 km (roughly 1 miles) from 14 OS Grid: NY226083
From Great End retrace your steps then head along the path to Esk Hause.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 15 OS Grid: NY233080
From Esk Hause head to Esk Pike.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 16 OS Grid: NY236075
Head from here along the easy to follow path to Bow Fell
About 1.8 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 17 OS Grid: NY248060
Just before reaching the three small tarns, head on the path down to Stool End. For a longer walk continue on the horseshoe to Crinkle Crags and Long Top.
About 2.8 km (roughly 1.8 miles) from 18 OS Grid: NY276056
Head straight through the farm yard.
About 1 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 19 OS Grid: NY286059
Camp at the campsite!
About 0.2 km (roughly 0.1 miles) from 20 OS Grid: NY288060
Head along the main road to the right.
About 0.8 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 21 OS Grid: NY295064
Head through the car park and up Dungeon Ghyll.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 22 OS Grid: NY287075
At Stickle Tarn head around to the left and continue straight up the steep slope to Harrison Stickle.
About 0.6 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 23 OS Grid: NY281074
Head from here to Pike of Stickle
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 24 OS Grid: NY274073
Head back towards Harrison Stickle. Just before reaching Harrison Stickle, turn left and head towards High Raise.
About 2.3 km (roughly 1.4 miles) from 25 OS Grid: NY281095
From High Raise head towards Sergeant Man and then down Blea Rigg.
About 3.8 km (roughly 2.4 miles) from 26 OS Grid: NY312072
After descending from Raw Pike head down beside Blindtarn Gill to Easedale.
About 1.7 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 27 OS Grid: NY325082
Head along Easedale to Grasmere.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 28 OS Grid: NY337076
At Grasmere catch a bus (number 555) to Windermere.
5 comments ...join the discussion!
Timwoods  commented on 07 February 2012
Wasdale Head
This walk must count as an all-time Lakes classic! Anyone camping at Wasdale Head should visit the pub there for a pint. A midnight swim in Wast Water is also an unforgettable experience.
Dipak  commented on 06 August 2013
GPS & accomodation
Hi, I am looking to do this with my 13yr old son. 1. Do you have GPx file for the waypoints 2. Are there good alternatives to the campsite ( yha/ bunkhouses) thanks...walk looks fantastic.
Timwoods  commented on 08 August 2013
GPS and accomodation
Hello If you look at the top of the page, to the right of the map, there is a button to download the GPX waypoints. Just click on that to get them. There's a YHA hostel at the western end of Wast Water (look for the pink triangles on the map) and in Grasmere, but none in between according to the YHA map: http://www.yha.org.uk/places-to-stay/north-west http://www.lakelandcampingbarns.co.uk/ So it's either camping in Langdale or a B&B.
patrikG  commented on 11 August 2013
GPS and accomodation
Hi, you'll need to be logged in, though, to download the GPX.
dipaksomak  commented on 14 August 2013
Got It!
Thanks, registered...and saw the gpx. thanks. Doing it tomorrow, with my teenager son as his initiation into manhood ! And I'm the one that's scared.
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