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Grasmere to Patterdale/Glenridding (Grisedale Valley Route - GPS ONLY)

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This the standard Wainright Coast to Coast Route, is an ‘up-and-over’, climbing to Grisedale Tarn, and then descending beside Grisedale Beck towards Patterdale.
moderate
Distance 14.4 km
5:00 h
524 m
435 m
Whilst by no means an "easy" walk this is "gentler" alternative route that walks via the Grisedale Valley instead of St. Sunday Crag - perfect for those that are perhaps wanting to rest their legs after some hard days in the fells!

Author’s recommendation

Laura, Our Macs Adventure England Product manager always recommends a trip on the Iconic Ullswater steamers! Find out more information here: http://your.macsadventure.com/s/AXLdV 

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Update: April 17, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
591 m
Lowest point
71 m

Safety information

Route

There are a few stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement or verge. Walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic unless there is a right-hand turn, in which case you should cross to the outside edge to allow drivers the maximum chance to see you.

There are several river crossings in today’s walk. There are always stepping stones available but these may be slippery.

Maps

If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Harvey Coast to Coast maps (East and West for the full route). Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.

Guidebook

If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend the Trailblazer Coast to Coast Path by Henry Stedman & Daniel McCrohan

Tips and hints

Points of Interest

Ullswater Steamers

The best way to see Ullswater is from the summit of Helvellyn or St Sunday Crag. The second-best way to experience Ullswater is up close on a historic steamer. These steamers stop at several jetty’s around the lake, allowing you to get off for an explore, or just remain on the boat and enjoy the tour!

More information available here: https://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/ 

Food and Drink

There is no food or drink between Grasmere and Patterdale so be sure to come adequately prepared with all the provisions you will need for the journey.

It might be beneficial to arrange a packed lunch in Grasmere.

Start

Grasmere (70 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NY 33679 07617
DD
54.459587, -3.024559
DMS
54°27'34.5"N 3°01'28.4"W
UTM
30U 498407 6034657
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Destination

Patterdale/Glenridding

Turn-by-turn directions

***This route follows the same path of our Grasmere to Patterdale/Glenridding St. Sunday Crag Route till around the 5.7km (waymarker on the app) where it goes through the Griesdale Valley instead of ascending up to St. Sunday Crag - As our Pathfinder walked via St. Sunday Crag we have no turn by turn directions for the Griesdale Valley section of this, however, it's a fairly straightforward route and you can of course still follow it on the Macs Adventure Smartphone App!  We strongly recommend that you follow the GPS tracks on Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NY 33679 07617
DD
54.459587, -3.024559
DMS
54°27'34.5"N 3°01'28.4"W
UTM
30U 498407 6034657
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.

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.

This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.4 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
524 m
Descent
435 m

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