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Sickyburp

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Sickyburp says:

Trail lakeland haute route

Just had a very enjoyable six days completeing this route. Met a number of people doing the same route after reading it in the magazine. Favourite days were Coniston to Eskdale & Eskdale to Buttermere (Black Sail Pass phew) Even the bad weather on Friday was exhilerating (Nethermostcove Beck looked spectacular)

Thank you Trail, hopefully you'll publish more multiday trips in the magazine.

 

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PeteM

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Sickyburp -

Good effort. I'm envious and determined to follow one day.

Sickyburp

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Sickyburp says:

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Just go for it Pete, if you need any advice i'll be glad to help if I can.

JeremyAshcroft

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 It seems to have struck a chord with a lot of people. Glad you enjoyed it. The Coniston to Eskdale section is  real cracker, I particularly liked the bit over the River Duddon and the final descent into Eskdale from Grassguards - the Scafell range looks superb from that angle.

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GrahamThompson

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Sickyburp said:

Just had a very enjoyable six days completeing this route. Met a number of people doing the same route after reading it in the magazine. Favourite days were Coniston to Eskdale & Eskdale to Buttermere (Black Sail Pass phew) Even the bad weather on Friday was exhilerating (Nethermostcove Beck looked spectacular)

Thank you Trail, hopefully you'll publish more multiday trips in the magazine.

 

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Thanks for that. Yes we are looking at some more routes of this style. Yep I'd tend to say Eskdale to Buttermere is a pretty cracking section. You could split this and stay at Black Sail of course for a twist in the route?

GT

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dave_mck

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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

So many hills and not enough time......
Sickyburp

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I stayed in Warnscale head bothy as I wanted to have a mooch around Fleetwith Pike before heading onto Keswick -  btw How good does Castle Crag look as you follow the bridleway framed by High Spy on one side & Grange Fell on the other?

The sun broke through and as I approached a shower of that soft rain started to fall. I just wish I'd had a camera with me to capture it.

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dave_mck said:

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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HI

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?

GT

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Genaa

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Genaa says:

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Wife and I have also just come back from a two week trip to the Lakes - first week bimbling around Brotherswater and the second doing the Lakeland Haute. It's an absolutely cracking route. We started from Coniston due to easier long-stay parking and agree that the Coniston to Eskdale section was marvellous. Black Sail pass and then Scarth Gap were also splendid though tough on the old legs!!

We met a couple and a single walker also doing the same route who similarly seemed to be enjoying it just as much as us. I recommend this to anyone who wants a great way to see a different aspect to the lakeland fells -often never far from folks and yet in seeming isolation... on the way up to Burnmoor tarn I think we saw nobody at all and felt like we had the fells to ourselves until well towards Wasdale Head. Brilliant brilliant!

More of the same please Trail :)

dave_mck

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GrahamThompson said:
dave_mck said:

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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HI

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?

GT


 

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.

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So many hills and not enough time......
JeremyAshcroft

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dave_mck said:
GrahamThompson said:
dave_mck said: 

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???

 

Interesting idea that, I will put it to them!

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dave_mck

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dave_mck says:

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Good man Jeremy. I'd be interested to know if you get any sort of response.

So many hills and not enough time......
CarolineWakeham

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Re: Trail lakeland haute route

Hi

I'm beginning to plan a trip to the Lakes to complete the haute trail. Can anyone point me in the direction of where I can obtain a copy of the route featured in the August 2010 issue? I'm not a subscriber to Trail magazine but am happy to pay for a back issue if that's possible?

Any comments gratefully received

Caroline

JeremyAshcroft

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JeremyAshcroft said:
dave_mck said:
GrahamThompson said:
dave_mck said: 

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???

 

Interesting idea that, I will put it to them!

The YHA considered this some time ago in conjunction with Cumbria Tourisum. The project is still either ongoing or stalled with the recent reorganisation - will check and report back.

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JeremyAshcroft

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CarolineWakeham said:

Hi

I'm beginning to plan a trip to the Lakes to complete the haute trail. Can anyone point me in the direction of where I can obtain a copy of the route featured in the August 2010 issue? I'm not a subscriber to Trail magazine but am happy to pay for a back issue if that's possible?

Any comments gratefully received

Caroline

Hi Caroline, You can get back issues by phoning 01858 438866. I am not sure how many are left as it was a very popular issue. I have also raised making the Haute Route details downloadable on here but we are a bit thin on the ground at the moment as staff are either out doing features or on their hols. 

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CarolineWakeham

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Re: Trail lakeland haute route

Sorry for my late reply! I just wanted to thank you for giving me the info about getting a back issue - luckily there were still some left so I've been able to get myself a copy of the issue and am planning my trip to the Lakes to do the trail for next year!

Caroline

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