Threlkeld - Portinscale - Borrowdale - Threlkeld
Borrowdale is blessed with an amazing range of mountain scenery. From the lofty heights and lonely moorland of the Skiddaw massif, to the gentle woodland on the banks of Derwentwater, through the craggy enclosing ridges of High Spy and the secretive side valley of Watendlath. Any walk through Borrowdale is a delight, but to immerse yourself on a three day expedition is an unforgettable experience.
The route heads out from the Horse and Farrier at Threlkeld then circumnavigates Derwentwaters enclosing sky line with stops at the Derwent Lodge Hotel and the Lodore Falls to sample one of the treasures of the Lake District - Jennings ale! Along the way you will top out on Skiddaw's three thousand foot summit, bag the stepped peaks of Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy and then cross the lonely heights of the Armboth Fells. Each day is a proper fell walking day and although there are opportunities for breaks along the way you can expect to be on the go most of the time. You will enjoy this route best if you have some prior walking experience and if you relish a moderate challenge. Having said that there are short-cuts and low level alternatives so if the weather socks in or you just fancy an easier day you can vary the route accordingly.
Before setting off please make sure you plot the suggested route on OS maps and pack a compass. They are essential for a safe, enjoyable day in the hills!
|Time/Effort:||5 out of 5|
|Navigation:||3 out of 5|
|Technicality:||3 out of 5|
|Height gain/loss (metres):||943metres (3,094feet)|
|OS map:||OS Landranger 90, OS Explorer OL 4 & 5|
- Start point: NY 321254 (near Threlkeld)
- End point: NY 321254