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Kings Head, Thirlspot

Kings Head, Thirlspot

Day four is a really grand finale and tops the whole trip off nicely. From the first footstep out of door at the Travellers Rest you embark on ascent of Helvellyn. It follows the 'White Stones' route, the original tourist route up Helvellyn, named as such because the kind landlord of the Travellers Rest used to mark the route by painting rocks along the way with white paint!

This classic route then leads you back to Ullswater and the welcoming Inn on the Lake for a final pint of Jennings! Why not celebrate a classic route with a classic beer, and try the best selling Cumberland Ale, brewed using the traditional style of over 100 years.

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!

Route Information

Time/Effort 3 out of 5
Navigation 3 out of 5
Technicality 3 out of 5
Height gain/loss (metres) 900
OS map OS Landranger 90, OS Explorer OL 4 ,5,6 &7

Route Essentials

Walk Route: Thirlmere - Ullswater

Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Miles: 8

Route Details

1. Get a good breakfast at the Kings Head as the work starts in earnest. From the back of the Kings Head take the bridleway across the aqueduct to a junction at a bend in the wall. Turn right and follow the path that traverses south, south east across the fell side. This path passes the top of Brown How and continues rising to eventually reach Helvellyn Gill.

2. Head across the gill and climb rough fell side to join the pitched path that climbs the shoulder above Browncove Crags. This path is the main path from The Swirls car park and should be followed to Lower Man, then around the plateau edge to Helvellyn's summit trig point and shelter. There is plenty to see on top so explore! If it is clear you will be able to see the fine crests of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge and the roughed waters of Red Tarn far below on the north east side.

3. The route heads north west from Helvellyn, there is a slight bit of ascent to do over White Side but essentially the hard work is behind you. From the trig point head back to Lower Man. Descend the rocky north ridge of Lower Man and follow the main path to White Side. Pick up the bridleway that heads to a terrace. Follow the terrace as it skirts the top of Kepple Cove then drops to join the Greenside track. Follow it to the old mine buildings, then join Greenside Road, continuing to Glenridding and the Inn on the Lake.

4. Head back into the Ramblers Bar, for a traditional Lakeland pub atmosphere, quality food, Jennings real ale. Find the familiar gold and green of the Cumberland Ale pump and savour the sound of real Lakeland ale. Sit back, and enjoy a golden pint made with pure Lakeland water and the finest aromatic English hops!

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