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Walking The Saddle of Coniston ( Download : )
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The Saddle of Coniston
distance 2.64mi Vertical gain +682ft Vertical drop -673ft Durée 1h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Coniston (Cumbria) - Cumbria

A lovely, gentle walk, climbing up alongside the waterfalls of Church Beck to the quarry at the end of the Coppermines valley, returning via the saddle with beautiful views of Coniston village and the lake. You can end the walk with a well-deserved pint in one of the cosy village pubs. A great walk to start your holiday or to do with children.

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Rydal Water & Grasmere from Grasmere
distance 5.38mi Vertical gain +633ft Vertical drop -630ft Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

Starting from Grasmere this Lake District walk includes a circuit of Rydal water and Grasmere. The route includes some wonderful views especially from Loughrigg Terrace.

Walking Elterwater Lakes ( Download : )
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distance 5.29mi Vertical gain +604ft Vertical drop -600ft Durée 2h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

In contrast to the great lakes of the Lake District, here are three small lakes that lay south of Elterwater village.

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Lingmoor low level circular
distance 9.14mi Vertical gain +1184ft Vertical drop -1168ft Durée 5h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A good circular walk around Lingmoor fell with plenty of interest which is a great choice if the higher fells are shrouded in cloud.

The walk takes in the Langdale and Little Langdale Valleys, explores a disused slate quarry and passes a working slate quarry. The walking and route finding are easy, the views are good and there are places on the way to buy refreshments. As a circular walk it can be started from a variety of places along the route.

Walking Cat Bells from Grange ( Download : )
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distance 5.98mi Vertical gain +1335ft Vertical drop -1325ft Durée 3h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

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.

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distance 7.58mi Vertical gain +1056ft Vertical drop -1066ft Durée 4h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

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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A circular walk around Tarn Hows
distance 1.63mi Vertical gain +144ft Vertical drop -148ft Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hawkshead - Cumbria

A gentle walk in a beautiful setting, enjoyable in any weather. The walk is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs and is not too long for little legs.

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distance 6.47mi Vertical gain +620ft Vertical drop -614ft Durée 3h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This is a low level lakeland walk suitable for a short day. It takes in Elter Water, Skelwith Force and Colwith Force waterfalls before heading through farmland to the impressive Cathedral Quarry. The return leg passes a good pub which serves food and then through the working slate quarry above Chapel Stile.

Walking Angle Tarn and Rest Dodd ( Download : )
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Angle Tarn and Rest Dodd
distance 6.43mi Vertical gain +1831ft Vertical drop -1808ft Durée 4h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

A steady climb up to Angle Tarn from Hartsop via Boredale Hause followed by a stroll along a ridge with great views over to Helvellyn then up to Rest Dodd dropping down to Hayeswater and back to the car park.

Walking Rydal - Loughrigg Fell ( Download : )
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distance 4.13mi Vertical gain +1175ft Vertical drop -1316ft Durée 2h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A few kilometres from Ambleside, a walk to the top of Loughrigg Fell overlooking the lakes of the National Park Lake District.

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distance 7.75mi Vertical gain +2106ft Vertical drop -2103ft Durée 5h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

This Lake District hike includes two Wainwrights and a famous Lakeland Pass so is never short of interest. The first part of the walk involves a steep ascent but this is not as bad as it looks. Once the summit of Hartsop Dodd is reached the going is relatively easy and straightforward. The second Wainwright of Stony Cove Pike is soon reached followed by the descent to Kirkstone Pass and Brothers Water.

Walking Holme Ground - Black Crag ( Download : )
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distance 7.91mi Vertical gain +2064ft Vertical drop -2205ft Durée 5h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Coniston (Cumbria) - Cumbria

A pleasant hike, to the west of Ambleside, across hills overlooking Windermere and Coniston Lakes.

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distance 3.44mi Vertical gain +49ft Vertical drop -79ft Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Keswick - Cumbria

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.

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distance 6.9mi Vertical gain +1207ft Vertical drop -919ft Durée 4h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Staveley-in-Cartmel - Cumbria

This circular walk in the South Lakeland offers fine views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells from the summit of Gummers How. The walk also includes woodland and open countryside.

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Latterbarrow and Wray Castle from Hawkshead
distance 7.94mi Vertical gain +1280ft Vertical drop -1270ft Durée 4h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hawkshead - Cumbria

A Circular Walk with a short ascent of Latterbarrow that rewards you with great views of the Lake District's mountains and then a descent through woodland to pick up the lakeshore path to Wray Castle. This is a real treat for National Trust Members (non members can pay to get in) but even if you don't want to visit the castle the grounds are a good place to picnic. Return via the lakeshore path and then gradually up and through the forest to descend again to Hawkshead.

Walking Whitbarrow ( Download : )
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distance 8.46mi Vertical gain +1106ft Vertical drop -1112ft Durée 4h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Cartmel Fell - Cumbria

Woodland and striking limestone scenery with wildlife galore and outstanding views.

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Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs, a circular walk
distance 8.09mi Vertical gain +2661ft Vertical drop -2664ft Durée 6h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Coniston (Cumbria) - Cumbria

A fabulous circular walk starting from the Tilberthwaite Valley. Best done in this direction so as to enjoy the ascent of Wetherlam Edge, great views in all directions and much interest on the walk.

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Scafell Pike from Borrowdale
distance 9.36mi Vertical gain +2920ft Vertical drop -2917ft Durée 6h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

The classic and well trodden ascent of Scafell Pike from Seathwaite in Borrowdale. Ascending via Grains Gill to Great End and then Esk Hause and Broad Crag. The descent is via the 'Corridor Route' to Styhead Tarn and then back to Seathwaite.

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distance 6.62mi Vertical gain +2185ft Vertical drop -2192ft Durée 4h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Eskdale - Cumbria

Harter Fell occupies a relatively isolated position overlooking the Eskdale valley and this Lake District walk offers some wonderful views towards Scafell and Scafell Pike. The route also includes a visit to pretty Low Birker Tarn, which sees relatively few visitors.

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distance 4.95mi Vertical gain +656ft Vertical drop -784ft Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Eskdale - Cumbria

This linear walk in the Western Lake District offers some wonderful views and should be completed at a leisurely pace. The route uses the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway to the return to the start.

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distance 2.04mi Vertical gain +312ft Vertical drop -315ft Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Helsington - Cumbria

A simple, isolated church with superb views over the Lyth valley to the high fells of Lakeland.

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distance 8.02mi Vertical gain +2103ft Vertical drop -2106ft Durée 5h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Above Derwent - Cumbria

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.

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Blencathra via Sharp Edge from Scales
distance 4.48mi Vertical gain +2018ft Vertical drop -1893ft Durée 3h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Threlkeld - Cumbria

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.

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distance 9.77mi Vertical gain +2697ft Vertical drop -2697ft Durée 6h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Ennerdale and Kinniside - Cumbria

A route offering extensive views of the Ennerdale panorama with great mountain views to the north east taking in Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag, to the east the range of Pillar and Steeple with Great Gables, Scafell and Scafell Pike as a backdrop.

Walking St Anthony’s Church ( Download : )
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distance 2.83mi Vertical gain +302ft Vertical drop -302ft Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cartmel Fell - Cumbria

A medieval church, a fine historic house and a pretty hamlet on the River Winster.

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Circular walk from Helm Crag to Calf Crag and Easedale
distance 7.64mi Vertical gain +1631ft Vertical drop -1631ft Durée 4h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

A nice walk taking in the ever popular Lion and Lamb rock formation at Helm Crag before following the ridge walk with great views to the head of Easedale and then descending more gently down the lovely valley, passing some waterfalls.

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distance 4.65mi Vertical gain +1713ft Vertical drop -1706ft Durée 3h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

This Lakeland walk includes two Wainwrights and although the distance walked is relatively short there is a steady steep climb up to the col between Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike. The views are excellent throughout and route finding is generally good with clear paths for most of the route. Choose a fine day to enjoy the views across Ullswater and to the Helvellyn ridge.

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distance 6.92mi Vertical gain +2844ft Vertical drop -2848ft Durée 5h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in St. John's Castlerigg and Wythburn - Cumbria

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.

Walking Loweswater Terrace ( Download : )
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Loweswater Terrace
distance 5.73mi Vertical gain +699ft Vertical drop -722ft Durée 3h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Loweswater - Cumbria

A stunning circular walk with beautiful views over Loweswater and the surrounding fells.

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distance 4.86mi Vertical gain +2408ft Vertical drop -2382ft Durée 4h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Borrowdale - Cumbria

An energetic Lake District Horseshoe walk that takes in four summits as you keep to the high ground surrounding Gillercomb. The walk could also be extended to take in Great Gable if time and energy permit!

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distance 3.26mi Vertical gain +715ft Vertical drop -741ft Durée 2h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Buttermere (Cumbria) - Cumbria

This is a walk from the centre of Buttermere village going up through Ghyll Woods up to Grassgarth Coppice. From here head up to Rannerdale Knotts. We came back down the northwestern side and followed the route back to the village.

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distance 8.12mi Vertical gain +2395ft Vertical drop -2470ft Durée 5h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns,1 lake and 1 pub. This is a tough route but take time to enjoy the scenery around you and be careful on the high ground. Look around and take in the beauty that is The Lake District.

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distance 10.33mi Vertical gain +1109ft Vertical drop -932ft Durée 5h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hawkshead - Cumbria

On this gentle route, you will be able to enjoy the scenery and explore Hawkshead and Hill Top. The ferry trip across Windermere is a short cut but also a quirky addition to the walk. Look around and take in the beauty that is The Lake District. Here's a route starting and finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are a lake, 3 tarns, 1 pub and a ferry.

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distance 15.76mi Vertical gain +2959ft Vertical drop -2982ft Durée 9h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

Here's a collection of routes starting and finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way there are 2 Wainwrights, 2 tarns, 2 pubs and a lake. This is a comfortable route, so take time to enjoy the scenery around you and spend a bit of time exploring Hawkshead. Once you get to Tarn Howes the route is fairly easy and the stroll into Hawkshead is a pleasure.

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Whinlatter Seat How Circular
distance 3.61mi Vertical gain +679ft Vertical drop -686ft Durée 2h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Above Derwent - Cumbria

A circular walk starting from Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre ascending via forest trails to Seat Howe which offers good views over Keswick and Derwent Water before descending via well defined forest trails back to start.

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distance 12.51mi Vertical gain +4101ft Vertical drop -3451ft Durée 9h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Keswick - Cumbria

Here's a collection of routes starting and finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way there are 6 Wainwrights, 1 lake, 3 tarns and a ferry. This is a brilliant walk with some ups and downs but mainly it's two ridge walks with great views over Derwent, into the Newlands valley then over Buttermere and finally overlooking Ennerdale.

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Binsey Wainwright walk from Binsey Lodge, Lake District UK
distance 1.52mi Vertical gain +561ft Vertical drop -561ft Durée 1h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Ireby and Uldale - Cumbria

A quick sunset walk up to Binsey Wainwright in the Lake District. With lovely views looking towards the Skiddaw range and Bassenthwaite.

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distance 10.36mi Vertical gain +2927ft Vertical drop -3140ft Durée 7h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 3 Wainwrights, 1 tarn and 1 pub

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Ard Crags and Knott Rigg Circular
distance 5.19mi Vertical gain +1453ft Vertical drop -1450ft Durée 3h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Above Derwent - Cumbria

On this circular walk you will be rewarded with a lovely ascent up the small but beautiful Ard Crags, followed by an undulating ridge to Knott Rigg. The descent from Knott Rigg keeps to the top of a second ridge with good views ahead. The last section takes in farmland paths and tracks before joining the road.

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YHA hopping in the Lake District - YHA Keswick to YHA Ennerdale
distance 15.7mi Vertical gain +5443ft Vertical drop -5249ft Durée 11h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Keswick - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. 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 10 Wainwrights, 1 lake, 3 tarns and a ferry.

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distance 4.51mi Vertical gain +709ft Vertical drop -722ft Durée 2h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Above Derwent - Cumbria

An interesting low level walk with the opportunity to explore old mine workings as an option. The walk takes in farmland paths and tracks and ventures above the fell wall to the dam and reservoir built by the miners. Even if you choose not to venture into the mine tunnels finding the entrances is mini adventure. Newlands Church is lovely and adds further interest to the walk.

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distance 12.19mi Vertical gain +2631ft Vertical drop -2966ft Durée 7h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

This is a varied walk with a couple of fells to climb but nothing really difficult. Take care of yourself and look out for wildlife along the way. Just enjoy the journey and make the most of the moment. Along the way are 2 Wainwrights, 2 tarns, 2 pubs and a lake.

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distance 10.06mi Vertical gain +2733ft Vertical drop -2510ft Durée 7h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Lakes - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. 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 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns,1 lake and 2 pubs.

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distance 14.21mi Vertical gain +5384ft Vertical drop -5308ft Durée 11h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Wasdale - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. 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 5 Wainwrights, 4 tarns and 1 pub.

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YHA Hopping in the Lake District - YHA Ennerdale to YHA Wasdale Hall
distance 12.43mi Vertical gain +3957ft Vertical drop -4186ft Durée 9h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Ennerdale and Kinniside - Cumbria

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. 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 6 Wainwrights, 3 tarns, 1 lake and a pub.

Walking Hawkshead Courthouse ( Download : )
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distance 1.41mi Vertical gain +82ft Vertical drop -82ft Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hawkshead - Cumbria

Easy walk around Hawkshead area, between fields and along the river.

Walking Gummer’s How ( Download : )
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distance 6.43mi Vertical gain +1093ft Vertical drop -1086ft Durée 3h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Cartmel Fell - Cumbria

A walk from Cartmel Fell church via a scenic tarn to a wonderful Windermere viewpoint.

Walking Scout Scar ( Download : )
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distance 7.89mi Vertical gain +860ft Vertical drop -860ft Durée 4h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Helsington - Cumbria

An extended walk along a glorious limestone edge with superb views and fantastic wildlife.

Walking Sizergh Castle ( Download : )
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distance 4.03mi Vertical gain +384ft Vertical drop -384ft Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Helsington - Cumbria

A wood renowned for its wild daffodils and rare butterflies, and a famous house and garden.

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distance 8.95mi Vertical gain +2303ft Vertical drop -2303ft Durée 6h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Patterdale - Cumbria

This is a companion route to Birks, St. Sunday, Cofa Pike, Fairfield, Hart Crag & return via Dovedale as it offers a safe way off the mountain should you need a plan B or if you want a walk with less ascent. It is still a great walk in its own right and the descent of Grisedale is a nice contrast to the ascent of St Sunday Crag.