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Walking the Coledale Round
Guided walking in the Lake District

Wasdale Walking Holiday 2015

Wastwater - Britain's Favourite View

It is possible we will do a week of walking in Wasdale again in 2015, which would be for the 6th year. We have not finalized any dates but if it goes ahead it is likely to be the second half of April as usual, and based at Nether Wasdale. The holiday would include five days walking in the Lake District.

The itinerary for the week is flexible but would include some classics, including some Wainwrights (the 214 fells described in A. Wainwright's classic seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells).

Walking in Wasdale can be tougher than other parts of the Lake District, and much of the walking is strenuous. The walks would depend to a certain extent on the weather and the level of fitness in the group.

Transport requirements for the week should be minimal, so we would share transport to the start of walks.

Different types of accommodation are available in the area, including three hotels and a campsite in the village, and a youth hostel within a mile. There is also bed and breakfast and self catering available close by. For further information on accommodation please contact us.

As an example of the intinerary, below is the one for 2013.

2013 Walking Itinerary

The walks will depend on the group's ability and the vagaries of the British weather, but it is hoped we will be able to complete some or all of the itinerary below.

Sunday 21st April 2013:

Arrive at your accommodation. Meet in the evening at The Screes Hotel in Nether Wasdale for introductions and information on the walks.

Monday 22nd April 2013: Pillar

The main objective of the day is to reach the top of Pillar, one of the classic yet remote Lake District Fells, and at 892 metres (2,927 feet), one of the highest. From Wasdale Head we walk up Black Sail Pass, turn left past Looking Stead and follow the ridge up to the summit of Pillar. If the weather is fine we can continue on the Mosedale Horseshoe over Scoat Fell and Red Pike before descending.

Grade:

Strenuous

Length:

11.5 km (7 miles)

Ascent:

980 metres (3,230 feet)

Time:

6 hours excluding stops

Tuesday 23rd April 2013: Ennerdale - Gavel, Blake and Burnbank Fells

The plan is to take an excursion into Ennerdale today, and ascend three of the lesser known fells in The Lake District. From the hamlet of Croasdale we follow a stream for a mile before climbing the fell side to the summit of Gavel Fell. We keep to the ridge which takes us over Blake Fell, and on to Burnbank Fell where we descend to Lamplugh, and head back to the car park.

Grade:

Moderate

Length:

12 km (7 miles)

Ascent:

600 metres (1,950 feet)

Time:

5 hours excluding stops

Wednesday 24th April 2013: Harter Fell and Green Crag

A drive into Eskdale takes us to the foot of the Hardknott Pass from where we climb to the rocky summit of Harter Fell. After admiring the views we descend to Spothow Gill, and head across rough country to Green Crag. We then head north towards Kepple Crag before descending back to the car park in Eskdale.

Grade:

Strenuous

Length:

10 km (6 miles)

Ascent:

800 metres (2,600 feet)

Time:

5 hours excluding stops

Thursday 25th April 2013: Caw Fell, Haycock and Seatallan (Blengdale Horseshoe)

If the weather has been dry for a few days we hope to do this horseshoe. A long day with much off path walking particularly in the early part. We start by following the River Bleng, before ascending on to Stockdale Moor with its Neolithic and Bronze Age remains. We then ascend steeper slopes and a long pull to the summit ridge of Caw Fell. Following the wall along the ridge we reach the summit of Haycock before descending steeply, and climbing back up to Seatallan. From here an easy descent on soft grass takes us most of the way down.

Grade:

Strenuous

Length:

21 km (13 miles)

Ascent:

970 metres (2,970 feet)

Time:

7 hours excluding stops

Friday 26th April 2013: Scafell Pike and Great End

From Wasdale Head we head up past Burnthwaite to Styhead, and then climb to the top of Great End with spectacular views to the north. We then follow the high level route over Ill Crag and Broad Crag to the summit of Scafell Pike. From here we will descend steeply back to the car park and a well earned pint in The Wasdale Head Inn.

Grade:

Strenuous

Length:

11 km (7 miles)

Ascent:

1,075 metres (3,490 feet)

Time:

6 hours excluding stops

 

Saturday 27th April 2013:

 

Goodbyes after a great week.

Wasdale Walking holiday photos from previous years

  
Scafell Pike summit

Climbing Yewbarrow

On Red Pike

Descending to Scoat Tarn

Wastwater boat house

Wastwater from Whin Rigg

Fox trap on Great Borne

Smithy Beck, Ennerdale

Great Gable summit

Descending Great Gable

 

If you require any information please contact us on +44 (0)15394 42346 or email john@walkingways.co.uk