Starting from the beautiful village of Hartsop in Patterdale, this is a superb Lakeland ridge walk taking in four Wainwrights. The views of Red Screes, Dove Crag, Fairfield and St Sunday Crag are among the best mountain views in the Lake District, while Windermere dominates the vista to the south.
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Distance: 5.79 miles (9.32 km)
Total ascent: 800m
Time: 4 – 5 hours (Walking)
Additional InformationStart Hartsop village car park, just off the A592 that runs over Kirkstone Pass down into Patterdale. The lane to the car park is very narrow, NY409130; Finish , NY409130
A steep ascent with a steep descent, but lovely, easy ridge walking in between. The col at Thresthwaite Mouth is deep and rocky, and care is needed in descent and ascent.
Snow can and does drift behind the wall between Hartsop Dodd and Stony Cove Pike, so you may need to keep to one side or other.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Lake District
From Easter to the end of October the 508 runs over Kirkstone Pass from Windermere to Penrith.
Graham Uney has a new book, Walking The Wainwrights, due out in early summer. www.grahamuneymountaineering.co.uk
OS Explorer OL5 (1:25,000), OS Explorer OL7 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Lake District (1:40,000), OS Landranger 90 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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Ullswater (017684 82414); Ambleside (015394 32582); Grasmere (015394 35245)