The amazing Mickleden Valley makes up most of your walk, surrounded by Bowfell and the Pikes. Then a zig-zag ascent up the fellside before dropping back down into Langstrath valley. The view down to Rosthwaite is one you won’t forget in a hurry.
Rosthwaite is a small village with a couple of hotels and pubs tucked away at the head of the valley. You can’t help but feel relaxed.
Rest stopsThe Flock-In
This route involves crossing stone walls and fences by means of step-stiles, ladder-stiles as well as passing through kissing gates and crossing footbridges. Please take extra care, especially when squeezing through small gaps as it can be slippery in wet weather and it might be easy to lose your balance.
Some terrain can be boggy, especially in wet conditions (during or after rainfall) and parts may become muddy and slippery. It is important to make sure you take your time while crossing these areas.
This section involves some road walking along quiet country roads as well as very short stretches along main roads. Always be mindful of other road users and pay attention when crossing roads.
There is little to no waymarking present along today's route, but it's quite a popular stretch with day-trippers (Especially Stake Pass) and most of the paths are clearly defined and easy to follow.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Cumbria Way map published by Harvey Maps. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Rucksack Reader's Cumbria Way guidebook by Paddy Dillon.
Tips and hints
Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.
Food & Drink:
On your walk from Great Langdale to Rosthwaite, you will not pass any cafe, pubs or restaurants along the way. For a packed lunch you must ask your overnight accommodation in Great Langdale to prepare a picnic lunch for you (supplement payable and to be requested in advance) as there are no shops in Great Langdale.
Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes, and a waterproof/wind-break layer are a must! The weather can change quickly, and it is therefore important to be prepared and carry any extra equipment or clothing even if the weather looks okay. If you are used to walking with walking poles, it could be great to bring them too.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
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