A walk with the best views of both Southern and Northern Lakeland and Roman history.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Start with your walk at the bus stop at Hartsop Road End. If arriving with the bus, walk through this picturesque village till you get to a small car park at the end of the road.
(1) Walk through the gate and head right crossing the bridge over Pasture Beck and up along the fence. Climb the stile and follow the path up the nose of Hartsop Dodd to the small cairn
(2) Just before reaching the top of Hartsop Dodd, a wall started winding. It's way along over the fells. Follow that wall over boggy ground to the top of Caudale Moor (Stony Cove Pike).
(3) At the top of Caudale Moor, cross over the now crumbled wall and pick up the path going toward Threshtwaite Mouth. It later becomes a little scramble before reaching the bottom of Threshtwaite Mouth.
(4) Here, just follow the path along the wall now heading up in a zigzag till veering away and leading to the top of Thornthwaite Crag with its huge beacon.
(5) Go through the gap in the wall right next to the beacon and follow this well defined path to another wall. Turn right and follow for a few metres and then turn left after crossing another wall. Follow this main wall to the summit cairn of High Street also called Racecourse Hill ignoring any paths turning off into various directions.
(6) Here, you have various paths to chose from but the easiest option is to follow the wall becoming the main path again.
(7) Shortly after the path starts to head slightly uphill, take a right turn and head towards the top of Kidsty Pike and keeping Riggindale to the right.
(8) After taking in the views, turn around and head back towards the Roman Road path. Cross over and head over the grassy ground towards the cairns of Rampsgill Head.
(9) There are a few cairns at Rampsgill Head. Take the closest path to the edge and head for The Knott across the main path and a short up pull to the cairn of The Knott on the other side of the wall.
(10) Cross back over the wall and walk down the short distance back onto the main pitched path, which just goes around The Knott and turns left onto this path. It is the main path leading to Angle Tarn. Eventually, there is a turnoff point and this new well defined path will lead you towards Hayeswater and the new footbridge.
(11) Cross this footbridge and you'll find yourself on the wide stony track along Hayeswater Gill walking back to your starting point completing the round at Hartsop car park or go back to Hartsop road end to catch your bus (D/A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Hartsop Road End
1 : km 0.57 - alt. km 0.57 - Bridge across beck
2 : km 1.94 - alt. km 1.94 - Hartsop Dodd summit
3 : km 3.95 - alt. km 3.95 - Stony Cove Pike
4 : km 4.81 - alt. km 4.81 - Threshtwaite Mouth
5 : km 5.5 - alt. km 5.5 - Thornthwaite Crag
6 : km 7.06 - alt. km 7.06 - High Street (Racecourse Hill)
7 : km 8.35 - alt. km 8.35 - Straits of Riggindale
8 : km 9.47 - alt. km 9.47 - Kidsty Pike
9 : km 10.21 - alt. km 10.21 - Rampsgill Head
10 : km 10.96 - alt. km 10.96 - The Knott
11 : km 12.41 - alt. km 12.41 - Footbridge across Hayeswater Gill
D/A : km 14.75 - alt. km 14.75 - Hartsop Road End
(D/A) Bus stop for Hartsop is Hartsop Road End, Stagecoach bus 508, summer timetable only
Park the car in the small car park at the end of Hartsop and the beginning of various walks in the area. Or, if this is full, park at Blen Cow car park at Brotherswater and walk a couple of hundred meters along the roadside path towards Hartsop and go through the village.
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(2) Don't forget to turn around every now and then as the views over the head of Ullswater, Patterdale, Glenridding as well as Deepdale etc start to open up nicely.
(4) If you feel like exploring, head over to the various cairns of Caudale Moor. Further, over towards Brotherswater, there are some disused mines and the disused Caudale Quarry but maybe this is something to explore another time. In bad weather, you can cross the wall at the joint with another wall coming up the valley and follow the faint path till hitting the main path which eventually will return to this wall and lead you along with it to Threshtwaite Mouth bottom.
(5) At Threshtwaite Mouth bottom you have fabulous views once again over the head of Ullswater but also over Trout Beck and Windermere. An emergency exit can be made here if required - back to Hartsop along Pasture Beck.
(7) Racecourse Hill, so called for the Romans, have used it for horse racing. It is on the old Roman Road which leads over the fell tops from Ambleside to Penrith. This is your highest point today with 828 metres. When following the wall look right and left where Hayeswater but also Haweswater and Riggindale come into view.
(11) Have a little wander around here for the views over Hayeswater. Hayeswater used to be a reservoir and only a few years ago has it been reverted back to its original size. The broad track was used for the upkeep of the dam. There used to be a footbridge right at the dam (as still can be seen on some maps) but it has been dismantled and the beck restored.
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