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A 6 day circular route around The Lake District. 5 YHAs and 34 Wainwrights

Planned route to do in a group using public transport and your feet. The Lake District National Park is probably the best place to hop from YHA to YHA as the distances are relatively short. Use the train or bus to get to Staveley and then on foot across the fells, staying at YHA Patterdale, Keswick, Grasmere, Langdale and Hawkshead, then back to Staveley via the ferry at Bowness.

Technical sheet
No. 2965685
A Cumbria walk posted on 08/02/20 by El Sud. Update : 23/03/20
Author's time Author's time : 6 days
Distance Distance : 89.42mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 17579ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 17556ft
Highest point Highest point : 3077ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 135ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Lake District
Location Location : Cumbria
Starting point Starting point : N 54.375721° / W 2.819377°

Step by step walk

CThis walk needs several days, please find the details below.

Staveley Station to Patterdale YHA

Day 1 of a circular walking route in the Lake District. Eight Wainwrights, four tarns and a pub

Patterdale YHA to Keswick YHA

Day 2 of a circular walking route in the Lake District. Eight Wainwrights, one tarn, a stone circle and a pub

Keswick YHA to Grasmere (Butharlyp Howe) YHA

Day 3 of a circular walking route in the Lake District. Nine Wainwrights, two tarns, a pub and a couple of lakes

Grasmere (Butharlyp Howe) YHA to Langdale (High Close) YHA

Day 4 of a circular walking route in the Lake District. Six Wainwrights, three tarns and a pub

Langdale (High Close) YHA to Hawkshead YHA

Day 5 of a circular walking route in the Lake District. One Wainwright, one tarn, a pub and a couple of lakes

Hawkshead YHA to Staveley Station

Day 6 of a circular walking route in the Lake District. Two Wainwrights, a ferry, a reservoir and a couple of lakes.

Useful Information

Recommended lightweight clothing and small day-pack with only a couple of changes of clothing. Do some washing at each YHA, use flip-flops after the shower, no books just maps and compass. Bed and food at YHA enough for the day and water bottle filled by stream water. Take photos of route maps and Wainwright guides to consult en-route. Small towel, basic needs wash-bag. Ask, do I really need this? before packing your backpack.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Enjoy the fells, the views, the summits and the descents. Don't rush but keep an eye on the weather and night fall. Plan ahead and have alternative routes if you get into difficulties. Don't leave any rubbish and don't damage the environment. Keep to the Country Code and respect the farmers, vegetation, animals and rivers. Don't take any plants or stones home; take photos (they last longer and you can share them). Say hello to fellow walkers and help anyone who needs it. Take care of yourself and live the moment!

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