Safety informationCare is needed on the short road section at Stanah, though the road is a minor one and not busy. The descent down towards Glenridding can be tricky due to the amount of loose rock from previous mining activity, especially in wet weather.
Tips and hints
Keswick has plenty of outlets where you can buy supplies for the walk. However, refreshments are available en-route. There is a cafe at the climbing centre near Castlerigg and Low Bridge Farm in St John's in the Vale offers drinks and cakes. There is a cafe in Stanah before the climb up Sticks Path. The Youth Hostel on the descent from Sticks Path advertises drinks for walkers too. Patterdale has pubs, a shop, Post Office and phone box.
Points of Interest
Moot Hall Keswick.
The present building was erected in 1813 and has served as a court house, prison, museum and town hall. It is famous for the one handed clock found on the west wall. It now houses the Tourist Information Centre.
Castlerigg Stone Circle.
Surprisingly little is documented about this strikingly located Neolithic/Bronze Age stone Circle. Estimated to be roughly 5000 years old, this oval stone circle is one of the most photographed in Britain.
EquipmentBoots, waterproofs and extra layers are essential when walking the higher, more exposed sections. Walking poles may be preferred when descending on loose rock into Glenridding.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.