Hardknott fort and Tongue Pot

Walk to Hardknott fort and Tongue Pot. Dog friendly walk. Perfect walk to go wild swimming.

Technical sheet No. 33236186

A Eskdale walk posted on 29/04/23 by Our Lake District Escapades. Last update : 05/05/23
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h50 ?
Distance Distance : 7.69 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 223 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 223 m
Highest point Highest point : 250 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 90 m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Lake District
Location Location : Eskdale
Starting point Starting point : N 54.399421° / W 3.218241°
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Start: Small car park on Hardknott Pass before the road going to Brotherilkeld Farm

(D/A) From the car park, take right (East) up to Hardknott Pass. Continue straight up passing another small car park. Continue straight until seeing a path on the left going to Hardknott Roman Fort Do not take the left path waypoint (1) Continue until reaching Hardknott Roman Fort.

(2) After visiting Hardknott Roman Fort, retrace your steps until reaching Hardknott pass then take right to go down the road and then see the path and gate now on your right hand side (1).

(1) Pass the gate and continue straight on the large path (North). Continue straight until reaching an intersection of path (after around 350m), then take right and continue straight on this path for around 1 km until reaching an intersection of path.

(3) Take right on the large path and continue straight (North East). The path will become one and follow the river Esk. Continue straight (North) until reaching Tongue Pot.

(4) After seeing Tongue Pot, retrace your steps following the path the closest to the river Esk. Stay on this path for around 4 km until reaching Brotherilkeld Farm.

(5) Pass the farm and continue on the larger path until reaching Hardknott Pass. Once on Hardknott Pass take right to reach the car park (D/A) .

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 90 m - car park on Hardknott pass
1 : km 0.43 - alt. 137 m - Gate
2 : km 1 - alt. 250 m - Hardknott Roman Fort
3 : km 2.96 - alt. 149 m - Take right
4 : km 4.48 - alt. 193 m - Tongue Pot pool
5 : km 7.18 - alt. 97 m - Pass the farm
D/A : km 7.69 - alt. 90 m - car park on Hardknott pass

Useful Information

Car park: Several small car parks along Hardknott Pass, Holmrook CA19 1TH

Note 1: In spring /summer, the path between (1) and (3) can be less visible as it can be covered by overgrown ferns.

Note 2: Tongue Pot can be very busy during summer as it is a popular spot for swimming.

There is no shadow along the path and car parks.

Dog friendly: Sheep in the fields, no shadow, the gate ((1)) can sometimes be close and the ladder is a bit tricky for the dogs (dog will need to be carried over it).

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During the walk or to do/see around

Several pools in the river Esk. The most famous one is Tongue Pot perfect place to go wild swimming.

Ruin of Hardknott Roman fort

Opinions and comments


Global average : 5/5
Number of opinions : 1
Clarity of route description : 5/5
Clarity of route map : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Wed 24 May 2023 16:10:38 EDT

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 23/05/23
Clarity of route description : ★★★★★ Very good
Clarity of route map : ★★★★★ Very good
Walk interest : ★★★★★ Very good

Took this walk today, chose not to go up to the ruins as our dog had been a bit shattered from all the climbing over the week. A lovely walk and great details to help on the way. Very dog friendly apart from the steep ladder styles.

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