Eskdale Mill in Boot.
0.00km - With your back to the entrance gate of the Tourist Information Centre on Tilberthwaite Avenue, TURN LEFT past the church, crossing the bridge over the river. TURN RIGHT immediately onto a tarmac road and continue uphill past the hotel.
0.35km - At the road junction TURN RIGHT and continue STRAIGHT ON up the hill following the sign for Walna Scar, steeply at first, until the tarmac surface breaks up into a rougher track.
1.70km - Go through the metal gate and carry STRAIGHT ON following the sign for Seathwaite on the Walna Scar Road, with open fell on both sides and the Old Man of Coniston above on the right. Do not take any of the paths off to the right but stay on the rough track for about 3.5kms, crossing over streams and the pack horse bridge, ascending steadily up the side of Brown Pike.
5.20km - Arriving at the track summit carry STRAIGHT ON ignoring paths on either side and descending steadily through the wooden gate with the stream at the side to join the small tarmac road by a stone bridge.
7.50km - Go STRAIGHT ON along the road,down through the gate and past the cottage. TURN LEFT onto the signposted path through a small wooden gate, continuing across fields and past some houses to join a gravel track. BEAR RIGHT past the farm.
8.50km - Where the track joins a smaller tarmac road, carry STRAIGHT ON and TURN LEFT at the campsite sign, downhill to the village of Seathwaite, past the church and the pub.
9.30km - Just before the post & phone boxes, TURN RIGHT between the stone buildings, marked public footpath and go through the gate. Aim for the sign for the bridge and stepping stones, crossing both and following the path, muddy in places, STRAIGHT ON, crossing the river by a narrow stone bridge into National Trust Woodland.
10.60km - Arriving at the farm, go through the gate and TURN RIGHT opposite the stone barn. Go through another gate and up the stoney footpath in the direction of the rocky crags above, zigzagging steeply. Over the brow of the hill, carry STRAIGHT ON descending through Grassguards Forestry Commission Woodland.
12.00km - Exit the woodland through the double gates and go STRAIGHT ON along the grassy track, past some ruined stone buildings. On reaching the farm go through the yard and TURN LEFT before the ford. Go through the gate and carry STRAIGHT ON with the river on your right. Do not cross over the footbridge.
12.90km - Go through a wooden gate continuing STRAIGHT ON over a footbridge and along a narrow path, muddy in places, criss-crossing a number of streams and following the path, signposted bridleway to Eskdale.
14.10km - At the path junction signposted Hardknott Forest, BEAR LEFT and continue STRAIGHT ON along a rocky but slightly drier path up through the trees.
14.60km - Leave the woods through a wooden gate and go STRAIGHT ON across the open fell, keeping to the right if possible to avoid muddier sections.
15.40km - Just before a rocky outcrop on the right, TURN LEFT over a wooden stile and cross the stream with the wire fence on your right. Carry STRAIGHT ON through the vegetation, descending steeply with good views of Eskdale ahead. Please exercise caution on this section as it can be very slippery.
16.40km - Go through the wooden gate and descend the path, muddy in places, zigzagging down the hill to a small wood.
16.80km - At the signpost, TURN LEFT and ford the river, through the gate and into the fields beyond. Before reaching the farm TURN LEFT onto the permissive path avoiding the farm yard.
18.00km - On reaching the track on the other side of the farm, TURN LEFT through the gate signposted Doctor Bridge. On crossing the bridge immediately TURN LEFT through the gate and onto the footpath signposted to the church.
19.80km - At the path junction with the double gates, BEAR RIGHT following the sign for Eskdale Mill. Arriving onto the small tarmac road TURN RIGHT between the stone cottages, still following the signs for the mill.
20.50km - At the main road opposite the pub, go STRAIGHT ON down the No Through Road, signposted Eskdale Mill, past the pub and shop crossing the stone bridge.
20.80km - You have arrived at Eskdale Mill, the end of your route. (NB; if your accommodation is at the Woolpack Inn, it is outside the village, a mile further up the road in the direction of the Hardknott Pass.)