Walking in the Lake District: Day two
Day two of this walk, tried and tested by environment and travel journalist, Mark Rowe, takes you back across from Wasdale to Great Langdale in the Lake District National Park.
Wasdale Head National Trust campsite, grid ref: NY183076
Return via Wasdale Head Inn and Sty Head to the shelter, where you bear right up to Esk Hause.
Wastwater was scraped out by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age, creating England's deepest lake. The scree slopes down from Whin Rigg and Illgill Head, were created by the ice and erosion on the rocks and are now a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The lake is home to brown trout and char who thrive in its very low temperatures and extremely deep waters.
Bear left to Esk Pike and follow the path on to Ore Gap, then bearing right to Bow Fell.
Fixing the Fells
Our footpath teams are battling against an unrelenting combination of factors: a path gets inexorably worn away by walkers, so hikers walk on the grass edges, which in turn become mud. Water then follows the lowest point, washing away rubble. Within months, the result can be wide scars on either side of a battered path. Public opinion also presents hurdles. Some people see a footpath in a landscape as an imposition, but these paths are not being laid down in a wild, untamed countryside. The Lake District has been shaped by man for thousands of years, as seen by the neat hedgerows and fields bordered by idyllic streams.
At Three Tarns, bear left downhill via White Stones and The Band to Stool End and return via the field to Great Langdale campsite.
The campsite at Great Langdale in its picturesque setting, is the perfect base for a huge number of walks, climbs and other outdoor activities.
Great Langdale National Trust campsite, grid ref: NY287058
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