The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting and finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way there are 3 Wainwrights,a ferry and 1 pub.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Leave YHA Keswick and walk through the town to the ferry going to Hawes End or walk around through Portinscale (an extra 4 miles). From the landing stage, walk up through the woods, past the Outdoor Centre to the road and then up to the crossroads and cattle-grid near Gutherscale. From the cattle-grid, go straight up the road (there is also a gravel path on the left hand side) to the junction. Almost opposite and a little to the right is the prepared path going up the hill. Once on the path, there is no doubt as to how to reach the summit, just keep going up, past Skelgill Bank and up to the round, slate Trig Point on Cat Bells (Wainwright fell at 451 m above sea level).
(1) Take in the views and rest for a while before continuing along the ridge southwards to Hause Gate. Go straight across the path that comes up from Little Town in the Newlands Valley and goes down to Manesty in Borrowdale. Just follow the path up to Black Crag and on to Bull Crag on Maiden Moor (Wainwright fell at 575 m above sea level).
(2) There is only a small cairn on the summit of Maiden Moor but the highest point is where the land drops away on all sides. Then it's on again, along the wide ridge going south across Narrow Moor and past the headwaters of Greenup Sikes to reach a cairn above Blea Crag. Continue straight on along Eel Crags and past Minum Crag to reach the two meter high slate cairn at High Spy (Wainwright fell at 653 m above sea level).
(3) From here, it's a simple case of heading south down the mountain towards Dalehead Tarn. On the right going down are Red Crag and Miners Crag but the path is clear and with care shouldn't pose any problems. Before reaching the tarn, past Wilson's Bield, a path leads off to the left which is our route down to Borrowdale. Work your way down through Rigghead Quarries. A real maze of slate and industrial rubble with the occasional remains of buildings and other left-overs from the times when these mountains were ransacked for the materials deposited millions of years ago. Don't cross over Tongue Gill but continue down on the path on the right of the stream. Cross straight over a wide path that runs north to south and continue close to the stream to reach the River Derwent
(4) Either turn left to go over New Bridge and head into Rosthwaite for a drink and some food or turn right and follow the enclosed path along the side of the river all the way to Longthwaite and YHA Borrowdale.(A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 285ft - Hawes End
1 : mi 3.24 - alt. 1404ft - Cat Bells
2 : mi 4.49 - alt. 1854ft - Maiden Moor
3 : mi 5.71 - alt. 2083ft - High Spy
A : mi 8.23 - alt. 338ft - YHA Borrowdale
This is an easy walk with some great views over Derwent and into the Newlands valley. Good strong and comfortable boots are essential and waterproofs are always recommended. Food and water for the journey will be needed but don't leave anything behind apart from your footprints. Don't take anything away with you apart from photos and good memories.
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Take time to enjoy the scenery and investigate the area as you pass through. This walk includes three Wainwright Fells, so pack your Pictorial Guide (all three in the NorthWestern Fells). The ferry from Keswick to Hawes End is recommended and also drink at the end in The Royal Oak or the Scafell Hotel in Rosthwaite.
The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 9 Wainwrights, 2 tarns, and 1 pub.
A linear Lake District walk that follows the shore of Derwentwater south from Keswick to Lodore landing stage. The return to Keswick uses the seasonal launces on Derwentwater.
A rewarding Lake District walk of the highest calibre. The Horseshoe route takes in all the peaks on either side of the Newlands Valley and offers some wonderful walking and superb views throughout.
Varying walk covering the 5 most North Westerly Wainwright fells. Taking in the summits of Barf, Lords Seat, Broom Fell, Ling Fell and Sales fell. With views the full length of Bassenthwaite Lake and the magnificent massive of Skiddaw. Coastal views should be evident on a clear day.
A short and fairly easy, circular walk up the ever popular Cat Bells. Starting from parking on the roadside just outside the village of Grange, this walk ascends Cat Bells from the South and descends north to join paths through the parkland and woods above and beside Derwent Water.
Sharp Edge is the highlight of this Lake District walk to Blencathra's highest point at Hallsfell Top. Sharp Edge is challenging mountain environment and needs treating with respect. The views from the Top are stunning covering most of the Lake District's highest fells.
This Lake District walk starts from Swirls and ascends Helvellyn via Browncove Crags. The route continues north over Whiteside and Raise to reach Sticks Pass from where a descent back into the valley is made. This is a great route to the top of England's third highest mountain with equally stunning views.
Combining the delights of Borrowdale with the rural charm of Watendlath, this Lake District walk offers some wonderful views and relatively easy walking. Route finding is generally easy although there is a steady ascent from Lodore up to Watendlath.
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