Six days in The Lake District, five YHAs, twenty-five Wainwrights

Planned route to introduce hikers to the incredible beauty and diversity of The Lake District National Park. Using public transport to get to Windermere and then on foot across the fells, staying at YHA Langdale, Black Sail, Wasdale Hall, Eskdale and Coniston, then back to Windermere via the ferry at Bowness.

Technical sheet
No. 2950487
A Cumbria walk posted on 03/02/20 by El Sud. Update : 22/03/20
Author's time Author's time : 6 days
Distance Distance : 122.73km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 7121m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 7143m
Highest point Highest point : 964m
Lowest point Lowest point : 41m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Lake District
Location Location : Cumbria
Starting point Starting point : N 54.380119° / W 2.904031°
View from Loughrigg Fell over Grasmere View over Windermere from Wansfell Pike View over Windermere from Orrest Head

Step by step walk

CThis walk needs several days, please find the details below.

Windermere Station to High Close (Langdale) YHA

Windermere Station to High Close (Langdale) YHA

Day 1 of a circular route walking through The Lake District. Two Wainwrights and a couple of interesting pubs.

High Close (Langdale) YHA to Black Sail YHA

Day 2 of a circular route walking through the Lake District. Eight Wainwrights and three tarns.

Black Sail YHA to Wasdale Hall YHA

Day 3 of a circular route walking through the Lake District. Six Wainwrights, three tarns and a pub.

Wasdale Hall YHA to Eskdale YHA

Day 4 of a circular route walking through the Lake District. Five Wainwrights, four tarns and a pub.

Eskdale YHA to Coniston Holly How YHA

Day 5 of a circular route walking through the Lake District. Three Wainwrights, four tarns and a pub.

Coniston Holly How YHA to Windermere Station

Day 6 of a circular route walking through the Lake District. One Wainwright, five tarns, a pub and a ferry ride.

Useful Information

Recommended lightweight clothing and small day-pack with only a couple of changes of clothing. Do some washing at each YHA, use flip-flops after the shower, no books just maps and compass. Bed and food at YHA enough for the day and water bottle filled by stream water. Take photos of route maps and Wainwright guides to consult en-route. Small towel, basic needs wash-bag. Ask: do I really need this? before packing your backpack.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Enjoy the fells, the views, the summits and the descents. Don't rush but keep an eye on the weather and night fall. Plan ahead and have alternative routes if you get into difficulties. Don't leave any rubbish and don't damage the environment. Keep to the Country Code and respect the farmers, vegetation, animals and rivers. Don't take any plants or stones home; take photos (they last longer and you can share them). Say hello to fellow walkers and help anyone who needs it. Take care of yourself and live the moment!

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