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The second day purposefully heads for the heights to cross over the barrier of the central fells into Borrowdale. Fortunately an easy walk through Grasmere village, home to Wordsworth and inspiration to Coleridge, and then a steady climb up the old Victorian tourist route to Easedale Tarn breaks you in gently. The Scafell Hotel in Rosthwaite is situated almost at the foot of Great Gable and the Scafell Massif and is surrounded by stunning views. It's a perfect place to relax and enjoy another treasure of the Lake District; Jennings ales, brewed with pure Lakeland water in the neighbouring town of Cockermouth (you must set aside some time for a brewery tour!).
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!
Grasmere - Borrowdale
5 - 6 hours
1. Leave the Travellers' Rest and cross straight over the A591. On the other side join the footpath and follow it to Low Mill Bridge. Turn left onto the lane and follow it to a T junction with Easdale Road. Turn right and follow the road 250m to the start of a bridleway. Join the bridleway and follow it first across the grazing land in Easedale and then as it climbs steadily to Easedale Tarn. Near the tarn are the remains of a hut that was used to supply teas to early tourists! It was built by Robert Hayton of Grasmere in the mid 1800s but now lies in ruins.
2. Passing along the south side of the tarn follow the path that climbs below Belles Knott to gain the broad high ridge of Blea Rigg. The onward route is along this ridge, head in a north west direction, there is a path but it is a bit vague in parts. The ridge feeds into the distinct rocky feature of Sergeant Man, which makes a pleasant place to stop for a bite to eat, and if it's clear, a chance to take in the views. From Sergeant Man the ground moderates into a high grassy plateau. Head north west climbing slightly until you reach the domed summit of High Raise (trig point), regarded as Lakeland's most central mountain. This is difficult to determine but you can see an awful lot from its summit. On a clear day you can while away considerable time spotting all the peaks, valleys and lakes which radiate out from its grassy domed summit.
3. From High Raise head along the main path and descend to the broad col of Greenup Edge. A bridleway crosses the col, turn left onto it and descend Greenup Gill passing the steep prow of Lining Crag en route. The bridleway feeds into the northern end of Langstrath at a junction of becks at Smithymire Island. Continue along the bridleway to the bridge at Rosthwaite. Cross the bridge and turn left onto the B5289 through the hamlet to the Scafell Hotel.
4. The Scafell Hotel is home to the Riverside Bar, one of the most popular in the Borrowdale Valley over the summer months. You'll soon discover why when you venture inside and discover Jennings Bitter and Cumberland Ale! Its well worth sampling both of these award winning Lake District classics, brewed with malt made from Maris Otter barley and the finest English aromatic hops.