Walking trail

Walking in the Lake District: Day one

Walking trail

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.

A walker making an early start on the trail


Route map for Walking in the Lake District Day 1


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.

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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.

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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.

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Wasdale Head National Trust campsite, grid ref: NY183076

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Walking in the Lake District: Day one


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.

We're assuming you're 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.

Walking in the Lake District: Day one

Contact us

Email: wasdale@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone: 01946 726064

Walking in the Lake District: Day one

How to get here

Great Langdale, Cumbria LA22 9JU
By road

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

By bus
Langdale Rambler 516, from Ambleside (daily, reduced in winter). See Traveline; 0870 608 2608
Walking in the Lake District: Day one

Facilities and access

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