3.7 of 5 (18 votes)

A three-day Lake District walk

A hard walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Lake District starting and finishing in Cumbria, England, about 36.35km (22.59 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 18:15h (2 overnight stays). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 2486m (8156ft)
Loss 2450m (8038ft)
Max. Elevation 930m (3051ft)
Elevation (total) 4936m (16194ft)
Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, England
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 06 Feb 2012
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.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


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Depart the narrow gauge railway at Eskdale Green Station and turn left at the main road.
Turn right onto the track About 0.50 km (~0.31 miles) from
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After the Outward Bound Centre, turn right
Enter the forest About 0.67 km (~0.42 miles) from
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Continue straight over the road into the forest. Take the path heading upwards.
Leaving the forest About 1.51 km (~0.94 miles) from
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After leaving the forest, take a path heading right up onto the ridge.
Whin Rigg About 2.10 km (~1.3 miles) from
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Start taking in the lovely views at Whin Rigg.
Reaching the summit About 2.28 km (~1.42 miles) from
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After reading the summit head down towards Sca Fell.
Coffin Track About 1.65 km (~1.03 miles) from
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When the path meets the Coffin Track from Boot, turn left.
Campsite About 1.83 km (~1.14 miles) from
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The end of day one! Set up and camp!
Day Two About 0.05 km (~0.03 miles) from
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Head back up the Coffin Track towards Boot.
Head up to Sca Fell About 0.38 km (~0.24 miles) from
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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.
Sca Fell summit About 2.34 km (~1.45 miles) from
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At Sca Fell summit take the path heading north and then around to the right. Follow the path down the steep incline.
Broad Stand About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
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On reaching a path T junction, head up the slope.
Ridge of Mickledore About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
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On reaching the ridge, head right up to Scafell Pike.
Scafell Pike About 0.71 km (~0.44 miles) from
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From Scafell Pike head along the main path towards Broad Crag then on towards Great End.
Great End About 1.54 km (~0.96 miles) from
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From Great End retrace your steps then head along the path to Esk Hause.
Esk Hause About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from
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From Esk Hause head to Esk Pike.
Esk Pike About 0.69 km (~0.43 miles) from
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Head from here along the easy to follow path to Bow Fell
Three Tarns About 1.85 km (~1.15 miles) from
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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.
Stool End About 2.82 km (~1.75 miles) from
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Head straight through the farm yard.
End of Day Two About 1.01 km (~0.63 miles) from
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Camp at the campsite!
Day Three About 0.22 km (~0.14 miles) from
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Head along the main road to the right.
Car Park About 0.79 km (~0.49 miles) from
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Head through the car park and up Dungeon Ghyll.
Stickle Tarn About 1.30 km (~0.81 miles) from
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At Stickle Tarn head around to the left and continue straight up the steep slope to Harrison Stickle.
Harrison Stickle About 0.61 km (~0.38 miles) from
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Head from here to Pike of Stickle
Pike of Stickle About 0.75 km (~0.47 miles) from
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Head back towards Harrison Stickle. Just before reaching Harrison Stickle, turn left and head towards High Raise.
High Raise About 2.29 km (~1.42 miles) from
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From High Raise head towards Sergeant Man and then down Blea Rigg.
Raw Pike About 3.80 km (~2.36 miles) from
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After descending from Raw Pike head down beside Blindtarn Gill to Easedale.
Easedale About 1.74 km (~1.08 miles) from
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Head along Easedale to Grasmere.
Grasmere About 1.31 km (~0.81 miles) from
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At Grasmere catch a bus (number 555) to Windermere.

5 comments... join the discussion!

14 Aug 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.

11 Aug 2013
GPS And Accomodation

Hi, you'll need to be logged in, though, to download the GPX.

08 Aug 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.

06 Aug 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.

07 Feb 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.

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