A hard challenge walk, on par with events such as the National 3 Peak Challenge, ideal for charity fundraising or as training for events like the 24 Peak Challenge or the Welsh 3000’s.
The route starts at the scenic Seathwaite Farm, at the head of the Borrowdale Valley, starting steeply up the path alongside Sour Milk Gill and then turning off up rough ground to the summit of Base Brown, our first summit of the day.
From here things get a little easier for a while, the path south from Base Brown climbs more gently to Green Gable and then it’s a short crossing of Windy Gap to the summit of Great Gable, one of the best viewpoints in the Lake District.
From Great Gable we descend to Sty Head before crossing the pass and climbing the Corridor Route to Lingmell and then onto Scafell Pike, the highest summit in England. Once again we will take a moment to enjoy the views and admire what we have already achieved.
From Scafell Pike we turn to the north, heading on the home leg, heading back towards Seathwaite Farm, the northern ridge of Scafell Pike continues over the bouldery summit of Broad Crag and Ill Crag before climbing to the summit of Great End.
A short descent from Great End brings us down to Esk Hause and the wind shelter below the hause. Here a short ascent brings us onto the Allen Crags, our penultimate top of the day. The fine ridge leads north from the Allen Crags to Glaramara, a great summit to finish the challenge on with wonderful views north over the Borrowdale Valley as well as south to the summits conquered on the days challenge.
The main path heading north from the summit of Glaramara brings us down to Thorneythwaite Farm and an easy track back to Seathwaite and a well earned rest!
Where to Meet:
From Keswick: Leave on the Borrowdale Road (from the mini roundabout near the co-op).
Follow this road for approx 8 miles, passing through Rosthwaite until just before reaching the village of Seatoller a narrow lane leads off to the left on the bend, signposted to Seathwaite, camp site and Sty Head. This road can be busy and has passing points (unmarked), blind bends and walkers in the road, also a few sheep for good measure, please drive carefully.
Follow this lane, parking as close to the end near the farm as possible, we will meet at the turning circle before the farm entrance gate.
Postcode - CA12 5XJ
Duration - 11 hours
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Seathwaite Farm in Borrowdale. Free parking on the verges of the road leading to the farm.