Grasmere (Butharlyp Howe) YHA to Langdale (High Close) YHA

This walk is part of the trek A 6 day circular route around The Lake District. 5 YHAs and 34 Wainwrights.

Day 4 of a circular walking route in the Lake District. Six Wainwrights, three tarns and a pub

Technical sheet
No. 2965790
A Cumbria walk posted on 08/02/20 by El Sud. Update : 23/03/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 7h20[?]
Distance Distance : 18.46km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 873m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 784m
Highest point Highest point : 721m
Lowest point Lowest point : 66m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Lake District
Location Location : Cumbria
Starting point Starting point : N 54.462275° / W 3.024233°
Arrival Arrival : N 54.438559° / W 3.021181°
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(D) Leaving YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe by the main entrance, turn right up the Easedale Road until you reach the right hand bend and the signpost indicating Easdale. Go over the footbridge and carry straight on along the track to New Bridge. The route is clear, heading north-west up Sourmilk Gill, past the waterfall and bending left to go due to west uphill to Easedale Tarn. Carry on up to Belles Knott, looking down to the right to see Codale Tarn, finally coming out onto Blea Rigg where you can look down to Stickle Tarn in front of the Langdales. Here, turn right and head north westerly again to reach the cairn at Sergeant Man (twenty-sixth Wainwright at 736m).

(1) From Sergeant Man, maintain height heading due west, bending round to the left until heading due south to climb up to the cairn at Thunacar Knott (twenty-seventh Wainwright at 723m). Take the path down going east to pick up another path heading south-east and scramble up to the cairn on Pavey Ark (twenty-eighth Wainwright at 700m). Retrace your steps a short way then swing left (heading south) to reach the cairn on Harrison Stickle (twenty-ninth Wainwright at 736m). From here, take the path leading off due west (crossing another path at right angles) to climb up to Pike of Stickle (thirtieth Wainwright at 708m). From the summit, head along the edge south-east to meet another path over Loft Crag (thirty-first Wainwright at 682m) and head down, first south, then bearing left, south-east parallel to Dungeon Ghyll. Go over Mark Gate, past Dungeon Ghyll Force until you meet a T-junction of paths. Turn right along the wall, then over a stile to join the Cumbria Way and down to the B5343 road

(2) Cross the road and go through a gate with a Public Footpath sign. Over a footbridge and follow the well defined path to Side House. Bear left to head east around the base of Oak Howe Needle to Oak Howe Farm. Turn left to keep on the Cumbria Way down to Great Langdale Beck, crossing it at New Bridge. Head up to the main road but turn right just before on a small track going to Thrang Farm still on the Cumbria Way. Follow this behind the school and over another bridge to approach a disused quarry. Keep to the right of the beck and then cross the road bridge at Elterwater.

(3) Go up the road to The Britannia Inn at a crossing and village green. After a well deserved pint go up the road by a bus-shelter (sign-posted Ambleside 4 miles). Carry on up this road to a T-junction and turn left. After about 20m take the path up the hillside to the right. At the bottom of Huntingstile Crag a road crosses the path. Turn right and go along the road until you reach YHA Langdale (High Close).(A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 87m - YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe
1 : km 6.01 - alt. 713m - Sergeant Man
2 : km 12.55 - alt. 95m - B5343 Dungeon Ghyll
3 : km 16.89 - alt. 70m - Elterwater
A : km 18.46 - alt. 179m - YHA Langdale (High Close)

Useful Information

Make sure your boots are comfortable and sturdy. If the weather is bad or the days are short you might consider shortening the route by going straight from Blea Rigg down to Stickle Tarn and down Stickle Ghyll to the road, avoiding the high ground.

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

This is a long route but take time to enjoy the scenery around you and be careful on the high ground. Once you are down Dungeon Ghyll the route is fairly easy and can be accomplished with a good rhythm and a steady pace giving time to look around and take in the countryside.

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