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Walking Route


The final day involves crossing the backbone of the Helvellyn range back to the start at the Inn on the Lake. To do this the route exploits the line taken by an ancient packhorse trail that crosses the ridge at the dip between Dollywaggon Pike and Fairfield. Between these two giants lies a broad depression occupied by the wild waters of Grisedale Tarn; 33m at its deepest point it is reported to hold some of the largest trout found in the Lake District's high tarns.

Either side of the tarn on the western side are a couple of cols. The route over from Grasmere crosses the southern of the two called Grisedale Hause. The approach to Grisedale Hause is short but steep, whilst the descent down the other side along Grisedale is long but at a more moderate angle. The last leg is over the minor subsidiary ridge of Keldas which at the high point of Lanty's Tarn gives an absolutely stunning view down to Ullswater.

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!

Walk Route: Grasmere - Ullswater

Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Miles: 8

Detailed route information
Time/Effort 3 out of 5
Navigation 2 out of 5
Technicality 2 out of 5
Height gain/loss (metres) 735
OS map OS Landranger 90, OS Explorer OL 4, 5, 6 & 7



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Map reference: NY 322068  Lat: 54.45240 Long: -3.04657