LAKE DISTRICT HAUTE ROUTE

Six days. 14 mountain passes. Every Lakeland valley. 13 lakes. Over 200 optional mountains. 72¾ miles.

LAKE DISTRICT HAUTE ROUTE

by LFTO |

In Europe the haute routes are some of the finest trails, taking in the high mountain passes between valleys and giving walkers stupendous views of the major peaks – with the option to climb them if you want. So, we came up with a cracker of a Haute Route right here in the UK’s Lake District. It is a celebration of the Lakes: a way to see the area at its very best in 6 wonderful days.

Here’s how to walk it for yourself…

OS MAP OF THE TRAIL LAKELAND HAUTE ROUTE

ROUTE DETAILS

DAY ONE - AMBLESIDE TO CONISTON

Start Ambleside NY374043

Finish Coniston SD302975

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Distance 16km (10 miles)

Total ascent 575m

Terrain parkland, access tracks, low fells, minor roads, lanes, rough bridleways and cycletracks

Maps OS Explorer OL7 (1:25,000); OS Landranger 90 & 96 (1:50,000); British Mountain Maps Lake District (1:40,000): Harvey Superwalker Lakeland Centre & Southern Lakeland (1:25 0000)

Accommodation

Youth Hostels: Ambleside – tel. 0845 371 9620; Langdale – tel. 0845 371 9748; Elterwater – tel. 0845 371 9017; Coniston Holly How – tel. 0845 371 9511; Coniston Coppermines – 0845 371 9630 or visit www.yha.org.uk

Camping in Elterwater (Baysbrown) and Coniston. Hotels and B&Bs in Ambleside, Elterwater, Little Langdale, Tilberthwaite, Yewdale and Coniston. For accommodation listings visit www.golakes.co.uk

DAY 2 CONISTON TO ESKDALE

Start Coniston SD302975

Finish Eskdale NY175008

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Distance 20.5km (12¾ miles)

Time 8 hours

Total ascent 950m

Terrain steep road, fell tracks, high mountain passes, valley roads, boggy woodland track and old packhorse tracks

Maps OS Explorer OL6 (1:25,000); OS Landranger 90 & 96 (1:50,000); British Mountain Maps Lake District (1:40,000): Harvey Superwalker Southern Lakeland (1:25,000)

Accommodation

Youth Hostels: Coniston Holly How – tel. 0845 371 9511; Coniston Coppermines – 0845 371 9630; Eskdale

– tel. 0845 371 9317 or visit www.yha.org.uk

Camping in Coniston, Dunnerdale and Eskdale. Hotels and B&Bs in Coniston, Dunnerdale and Eskdale.

For accommodation listings visit www.visitlakedistrict.com/

DAY 3 - ESKDALE TO BUTTERMERE

Start Eskdale NY175008

Finish Buttermere NY174169

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Distance 20.5km (12¾ miles)

Time 8 hours

Total ascent 1055m

Terrain lanes, fell tracks, exposed moorland, valley roads, high mountain passes, remote valley head, steep pitched bridleway and lakeside woodland

Maps OS Explorer OL6 & 4 (1:25,000); OS Landranger 90 (1:50,000); British Mountain Maps Lake District (1:40,000): Harvey Superwalker Lakeland West (1:25,000)

Accommodation

Youth Hostels: Eskdale – tel. 0845 371 9317; Black Sail Hut, Ennerdale – tel. 0845 371 9680; Buttermere – tel. 0845 371 9508 or visit www.yha.org.uk Camping in Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere. Hotels and B&Bs in Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere. For accommodation listings visit www.visitlakedistrict.com

DAY 4 - BUTTERMERE TO KESWICK

Start Buttermere NY174169

Finish Keswick NY265234

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Distance 22.6km (14 miles)

Time 7 hours

Total ascent 770m

Terrain valley roads, packhorse track, high open col, quarry workings, old tramway, high pass, stony bridleway, village lanes, lakeside woodland, wooded gardens and riverside pasture

Maps OS Explorer OL4 (1:25,000); OS Landranger 90 (1:50,000); British Mountain Maps Lake District (1:40,000): Harvey Superwalker Lakeland West (1:25,000)

Accommodation

Youth hostels: Buttermere – tel. 0845 371 9508; Honister Hause – tel. 0845 371 9522; Longthwaite, Borrowdale – tel. 0845 371 9624; Keswick – tel. 0845 371 9746 or visit www.yha.org.uk

Camping in Buttermere, Seatoller, Grange, Keswick. Hotels and B&Bs in Buttermere, Seatoller, Rosthwaite, Grange, Portinscale, Keswick. For accommodation listings visit www.golakes.co.uk

DAY 5 – KESWICK TO GLENRIDDING

Start Keswick NY265234

Finish Glenridding NY386169

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Distance 19km (11¾ miles)

Time 7 hours

Total ascent 900m

Terrain roads, lanes, pasture, valley bottom bridleway, steep packhorse track, high open col, high remote corrie, steep side gill, mine workings, rocky valley and village lanes

Maps OS Explorer OL4 & 5 (1:25 000); OS Landranger 90 (1:50,000); British Mountain Maps Lake District (1:40,000): Harvey Superwalker Lakeland Central (1:25,0000)

Accommodation

Youth hostels: Keswick – tel. 0845 371 9746; Greenside, Glenridding – tel. 0845 371 9742; Patterdale – tel. 0845 371 9337 or visit www.yha.org.uk

Camping in Keswick, Dale Bottom, Legburthwaite, Glenridding and Patterdale. Hotels and B&Bs in Keswick, Legburthwaite, Thirlspot, Glenridding and Patterdale. For accommodation listings visit www.golakes.co.uk

DAY 6 – GLENRIDDING TO AMBLESIDE

Start Glenridding NY386169

Finish Ambleside NY374043

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Distance 18.6km (11½ miles)

Time 7 hours

Total ascent 750m

Terrain lanes, low wooded fells, long steep-sided valley, high-level tarn, open corrie, high mountain pass, steep corrie and ghyll, main road, minor roads, wooded hamlet, valley side track and parkland

Maps OS Explorer OL5 & 7 (1:25,000); OS Landranger 90 (1:50,000); British Mountain Maps Lake District (1:40,000): Harvey Superwalker Lakeland Central and Lakeland East (1:25,000)

Accommodation

Youth hostels: Greenside, Glenridding – tel. 0845 371 9742; Patterdale – tel. 0845 371 9337; Grasmere – tel. 0845 371 9319; Ambleside – tel. 0845 371 9620 or visit www.yha.org.ukCamping in Glenridding and Patterdale. Hotels and B&Bs in Glenridding, Patterdale, Grasmere, Rydal and Ambleside.

See www.golakes.co.uk

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