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So this is it - the last stage of the Tour. Congratulations if you have made it this far! This final section is a suitable finale - a full day in the hills, bringing you slowly back to civilisation. This route is recommended in preference to the high-level alternative if weather conditions are poor, as wayfinding is more secure on this lower-level route. Stock up on food and water in Patterdale before setting out, and expect to be on the fells for most of the day, with just ravens, buzzards and deer for company.

Route Essentials

Walk Route: Patterdale - Windermere

Duration: 6 - 7 hours

Miles: 13

Route Details

Patterdale, our starting point, is a compact collection of houses clustered around the road on the Ullswater side of the Kirkstone Pass. Its one pub, the White Lion, has long been a port of call for travellers heading north from the central Lakes. Mining and the wool trade have provided an income to Patterdale and neighbouring Glenridding through the ages. The area is littered with evidence of past efforts to extract copper, lead and slate - most notably at Greenside, once the world's second largest lead mine, in the Glenridding valley. A curious spin-off for sleepy Patterdale was that its school and church were amongst the first in the country to get electricity, powered by an early hydro-electric scheme at the mine.

Please see Cicerones Tour of the Lake District guide for more route details.

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