A challenging walk rewarded with some of the finest scenery the Lake District has to offer.
The route climbs out of Eskdale over to Wastdale Head with fine views of Wast Water, Scafell Pike and Kirk Fell to name but a few. Through the walking & climbing centre of Wastdale Head the walk follows Mosedale before climbing out via Black Sails Pass and into the remote Ennerdale valley. Another short climb up Scarth Gap affords the first views of Buttermere before descending into the village.
Magnificent views of some of England's finest glacial scenery at Wast Water followed by the remote valleys of Mosedale and Ennerdale are undoubtedly the highlights of this walk. The ascents of Black Sails Pass and Scarth Gap, while strenuous in places are rewarded with stunning views of Buttermere and some of the Lake District's iconic peaks.
Be careful when crossing steams and rivers along the trail, especially during/after heavy rainfall as the water levels can increase substantially.
Most of the paths are well defined and easy to follow. However due to the rocky nature of the terrain care is needed on some of the steep descents which can be slippery in wet conditions.
The open fell section on this day can get very boggy. Stick to the path as much as possible to avoid getting stuck!
A good pair of boots are essential on this walk as there are a number of rocky ascents and descents. Walking poles may be useful on the descents and over the stepping stones and streams for balance. Waterproofs should also be carried due to the changeable nature of the weather in this area. Some of the paths are wet and muddy so gaiters and an extra pair of socks may be preferred.
Boot has two pubs and a shop at the start of the walk.This is a lengthy day so it's advisable to carry plenty of food and drink.
Wasdale Head has a pub,shop and toilets on route. Buttermere is a small hamlet with a cafe and two pubs serving evening meals. There is a bus service to a number of locations during the day, including Keswick.
Points of Interest.
England's deepest Lake contained in a fine U shaped glaciated valley. The steep sides covered in the famous Wast Water Scree slopes.
A renowned Centre for walking and climbing and the starting point for many classic Lakeland peaks including Scafell Pike, Kirk Fell and Great Gable. The church of St Olaf's is one of the smallest in the country . The graveyard contains a number of memorials to climbers killed locally in accidents.