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The Coledale Horseshoe

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Lake District in Cumbria, England, about 12.60km (7.83 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 902m (2959ft)
Descent 904m (2965ft)
Max. Elevation 830m (2723ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1806m (5924ft)
Start & End
Distance 12.60km
Duration ~6:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 11 Oct 2010
Tucked up in the northwest corner of the Lakes, this great walk takes in the horseshoe of peaks sitting around Coledale Beck - Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Crag Hill, Sail and Outerside. Buses to Braithwaite from Keswick; for an alternative (linear) route, you could take the bus to Buttermere instead and approach the horseshoe via Whiteless Pike.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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The footpath from Braithwaite to Grisedale Pike starts in the village, climbing steadily up the long north-eastern shoulder of the hill.
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Keep on past Sleet How towards the summit.
About 2.84 km (~1.76 miles) from
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The summit of Grisedale Pike (791m) is an excellent vantage point from which to survey the northern fells.
About 0.62 km (~0.39 miles) from
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Continue past Hobcarton Crag to Hopegill Head.
About 1.32 km (~0.82 miles) from
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Drop into Coledale Hause via Sand Hill. It's then a scrambly climb up past Eel Crag onto Crag Hill.
About 0.71 km (~0.44 miles) from
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This is the highest point of the day at 839m.
About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
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Keep heading around the glacially-carved horseshoe to Sail.
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
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The descent passes two small hummocks, including Outerside. It's also possible to visit nearby Barrow on route to Braithwaite.
About 1.51 km (~0.94 miles) from
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The path runs between Barrow and Stile End as it weaves back to the village.
About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
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Finish in Braithwaite, which has three pubs to choose from. The Coledale Inn is the popular walkers' choice.
About 2.21 km (~1.37 miles) from

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