Ullswater - Ambleside - Elterwater - Grasmere - Ullswater
This four day journey takes you over ancient packhorse passes, through bustling villages, alongside flashing waters, and to the tops of summits that visually give many Alpine peaks a run for their money.
Starting at the Inn on the Lake it weaves its course from Ullswater and over the long spine of the Helvellyn range to take in Ambleside's lively village life with a night at the Queens Head Hotel. It then follows in the footsteps of the romantic poets around Rydal and Grasmere and takes in a selection of the Langdale Pikes so beloved by Wainwright. There are plenty of opportunities to sample to classic Jennings Ales with night stops at the Langdale Hotel (Elterwater) and the Wordsworth Hotel (Grasmere) before tackling the final day.
On day 4 it's time to head back over to Ullswater and the Inn on the Lake via the high pass of Grisedale Hause and through the deep glacier carved valley of Grisedale that in times gone by was an important trade route that saw trains of up forty packhorses steadily carrying their burdens along its rocky tracks.
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):||2525metres (8,285feet)|
|OS map:||OS Landranger 90, OS Explorer OL 4, 5, 6 & 7|
- Start point: (near Ullswater)
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