Category Archives: Walks

The Mosedale Horseshoe – 17km Walk & Wild Swim

This is a circular route, and some would say one of the very best in the Lake District. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me, it only shows the start and finish points of the walk but once you’re up there, the route is very clear. First, here’s a short film that I made during the trek. I set off from the Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning Club campsite where I was staying for a week and drove to Wastwater, and the free car park at Overbeck…

Cow Bridge to Fairfield – 8km Walk and Swim Guide

This is a full day walk or run up to the Fairfield summit and then down again via Grisedale Valley, offering excellent views and the chance to swim in several places. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way (except for the last leg back along the road from Patterdale to Cow Bridge. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area), and its best to take that map; I think it might be frustrating to try to find your way without it. The distance may…

Great Dodds to Helvelyn – 18km Walk, Swim & Film

This is a full day walk or run up to the summit ridge that links the Dodds peaks and Helvelyn, and then down again to Thirlmere reservoir, offering excellent views and the chance to swim in several places. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area), and its best to take that map; I think it might be frustrating to try to find your way without it. First of all, here is a short film…

Blencathra – 14km Walk and Tarn Swim Guide

This is a full day walk or run up to the summit of Blencathra, offering excellent views and the chance to swim in Scales Tarn, the lake below the summit. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area), and its best to take that map; I think it might be frustrating to try to find your way without it. You can see Blencathra from the CCC campsite at Troutbeck. It dominates the horizon to the north, day or night. Heres the view from my tent.   Walking out of the campsite you turn left onto the…

Helvelyn – 8km Walk, Red Tarn Swim & film

This is a full day walk or run up Swirral Edge side of Helvelyn and down Striding Edge, offering excellent views and the chance to swim in Red Tarn, the lake below the summit of Helvelyn. The distance isn’t too much but there’s a lot of going up and down, and loads of amazing views to take in, which is why it’s going to take you a long time. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area), and its best to take that map; I think it might be frustrating to try to find…

Harter Fell – 10km Walk Guide

This was a 4 hour walk for me, to the east of Eskdale. It would have been longer but the weather closed in badly and it was wiser to turn back than attempt Harter Fell summit. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map; it was a tough walk to navigate even with the map, without it it’ll be…

Illgill Head – 12km Walk & Wild Swim

This is a 6 hour walk or run across the fell to the north of Eskdale, offering great views of Wastwater, some stone circles and the chance to swim. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map; I think it might be very frustrating to try to find your way without it. You start the walk at Eskdale Campsite…

Birker Fell and Devoke Water – 10km Walk & Wild Swim

This is a 4 or 5 hour walk or run across the low fell to the south of Eskdale, offering quiet scenery and the chance to swim. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map; I think it might be frustrating to try to find your way without it. You start the walk at Eskdale Campsite itself. Walk down…

Stanley Force – 7km Walk and Wild Swim

This was a 4 hour walk around the central area of the Eskdale valley, taking in one of the Lake District’s most beautiful waterfalls and 2 places for decent wild swims. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map. You start the walk at Eskdale Campsite itself. Walk down the road towards Brook House pub, take the left turn…

Sca Fell – 16km Walk and Wild Swim

This is a walk up England’s 2nd highest mountain, with 3 swims thrown in for fun. I’ve seen some fell runners jogging it though, so if you fancy a hilly run, it’s possible. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me, I think it would be very tough to find your way without it. The signage en route is non existant once you leave the Eskdale valley. First, here’s a short film that I made during the trek. I set off from…