Walking in the Lake District: Day one
Great Langdale, Cumbria LA22 9JURoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
This two-day walk, tried and tested by environment and travel journalist, Mark Rowe, takes in the monumental landscape of the western Lakes, as well as a hike to the summit of Scafell Pike. The route is essentially two long linear walks that at times overlap, taking you over the passes from Langdale and Mickleden, often busy with hikers, to Wasdale, more lonely and remote. The first day takes you from Great Langdale across to Wasdale.
- Bus stop
Start: Great Langdale National Trust campsite, grid ref: NY287058
From the Great Langdale campsite follow the road to the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel, turn right and take the path behind the pub.
Dominated by the majestic Langdale Pikes, much of the landscape in this fantastic walking country, as well as the farms and campsite, are owned and run by the National Trust. This walk is entirely on land owned by or leased to us, and outside the months of deep winter, youre likely to see our teams out maintaining the network of paths that allow us all to explore the mountain and countryside.
At the bottom of the valley head, bear left, following sign for Rossett Gill (not Snake Pass). At the top of the gill, follow the clear path past Angle Tarn and up to the shelter beyond the ridgeline.
Bear left up to Esk Hause, then bear right up and down Broad Crag, before ascending Scafell Pike.
Return the same way to Esk Hause and shelter before turning left downhill between Great End and Seathwaite Fell.
We have four footpath teams in the Lake District and only at times of extreme weather can they really see where the rain falls, and how it works its way downhill. When they know this, they can then rebuild footpaths that won't disappear under the next heavy rainfall, for example by laying drains to allow water to flow naturally under or by paths. Theyll each lay around 5ft (1.5m) of stone a day. Rather than some of the stone staircases that used to be built, the approach now is to place stones close together in a gentle, raised fashion, allowing for people with different stride patterns to find a stone that suits them.
In front of Sty Head bear left and continue downhill to Wasdale. Follow the path behind farms and houses to Wasdale Head Inn. The campsite is a 10-minute walk on the left along the lane.
Enjoy a well-earned rest after your day's endeavours, in the beautiful Wasdale campsite, nestled under the Scafell mountain range at the head of Wastwater.
End: Wasdale Head National Trust campsite, grid ref: NY183076
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Hard
- Distance: 9 miles (14.4km)
- Time: 5 hours to 6 hours
- OS Map: Explorer OL6; Landranger 89 and 90
Two long steep and stony ascents up Rossett Gill and Scafell Pike, followed by a long stony descent, and a final meander through flat meadows to the campsite. Were assuming youre comfortable with map reading and grid references, and can use a compass to put together your own walk, and ad lib a bit, following a path or feature that looks worth nosing around, rather than sticking rigidly to a route. PLEASE NOTE: the map provided is intended only as a rough guide, please take a map and compass with you and wear sensible walking gear.
- How to get here:
By bus: Langdale Rambler 516, from Ambleside (daily, reduced in winter). See Traveline; 0870 608 2608
By car: From Ambleside, follow A593. At Skelwith Bridge, turn right onto B5343. Campsite is approx 6 miles (9.6km), on left just before Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel
- Telephone: 01946 726064
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- Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wasdale-eskdale-and-duddon/