Re: Trail lakeland haute route
At the end of April and prior to Trail publishing that article, my gf and I did our own route (loosely based on the Cicerone guide 'Tour of the Lake District') over 8 days or so, totally about 94 miles. Our trip was as follows:
Coniston - Eskdale YH (via bus from Ambleside as we booked into Ambleside YH) - Wasdale YH -Buttermere YH - Borrowdale YH - Langdale YH - Patterdale YH - Windermere YH - Ambleside YH.
The weather was pretty much perfect, clear skies but cool due to the northerly winds at that time and although it would be difficult to single out one part of the journey, my personal favourite was probably Eskdale to Buttermere when we stopped in Black Sail YH for a brew and some cake
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Great trip. Yes I am aware of that route and guidebook.
Interesting issue is whether people want to take a week off or two weeks off. I get the impression more people take one week trips these day rather than two weeks. I suspect that may be why the Trail Haute is popular, as it fits easily into a weeks holiday, including travel to the Lakes. That was how we planned it.
Interestingly most people want to do Mont Blanc in a week too, even though it is more sensible perhaps to do it over two weeks so you can enjoy it.
One week or two ... what is your choice?
If a limited amount of holiday entitlement wasn't an issue, then two weeks would be preferable although due to these work relalted constraints, we did it in one week as we prefer to take more shorter trips and fewer longer ones.
Our trip worked our pretty expensive though, compared to what we thought it would cost. Stopping in that many different YH's is like staying in different hotels without getting any benefit for block booking. Maybe this is something the YH could consider???
p.s. when we stopped on top of Haystacks for a break, it was absolute bliss. Not a cloud in the sky or a breath of wind. We ended up sitting there in the sunshine for the best part of half an hour on our way between Buttermere and Borrowdale.
So many hills and not enough time......