Rosthwaite to Grasmere (Low Route)
Macs Adventure Geverifieerde partner Keuze ontdekkingsreizigers
Into the mountainsFoto: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
Rosthwaite and Grasmere sit in separate valleys. To navigate between them you must climb Lining Crag and Greenup Edge; from these viewpoints, you can enjoy (weather permitting!) wide, dramatic views of Derwent Valley as you leave it behind, and glimpses into the next valley and down to Grasmere village itself.
Much of this walk is spent beside rivers and streams that tumble down from the surrounding mountains. There are numerous river crossings; sometimes a bridge is provided, but other times demand a little adventurous spirit to leap from one stepping stone to the next. Keep your eyes peeled for waterfalls, especially if it has rained recently!
Grasmere is a perfect spot to finish your day, frenetic with the buzz of other walkers and day tourists in what Wordsworth called ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’.
Tip van de auteur
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.
There are lots of river crossings in today’s walk. There were always stepping stones available but these may be slippery. Take extra caution on these crossings.
At the top, just before reaching Greenup Ridge, the path becomes less clear and harder to follow. There are plenty of cairns (pile of stones) to help guide the way. In addition, check the map regularly to be sure you are going the right way.
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.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend the Trailblazer Coast to Coast Path by Henry Stedman & Daniel McCrohan
Tips en hints
Points of Interest
Renowned English poet William Wordsworth produced some of his most famous poems in Dove Cottage, inspired the beauty of Grasmere and its surrounds. Today the museum recreates what life would have been like for Wordsworth living here at the end of the 18th century, and provides information about his life.
More information available here: https://wordsworth.org.uk/your-visit/planning-your-visit/
Allan Bank is a villa built in 1805, and was home to English Poet, William Wordsworth, and poet and founder of the National Trust, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley. There are plenty of walks and picnic spots here, and the grounds are perfect to spot red squirrels; the National Trust supposedly spends £900 per year on feed to encourage them. Tea and Coffee refreshments are available.
More information available here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere
Lining Crag offers extensive views through the valley and back to Derwent Water.
Food and Drink
There is no food and drink available between Rosthwaite and Grasmere so be sure you bring enough food with you for this section. Packed lunches are available in Rosthwaite.
*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn by turns to aid you on your walk from Rosthwaite to Grasmere (Alternative Low Route) today. Whilst, the Coast to Coast is waymarked, it can be featureless and off the beaten path at some sections so we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the 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. ***
0.00km – Standing between the two bus stops in Rosthwaite, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON down the public bridleway towards the stone bridge crossing a river. This bridleway is signposted towards Stonethwaite. After 100 metres TURN RIGHT onto the stone path running parallel to the river.
0.65km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through the gatekeeping the moss-covered wall on your right. After 400 metres CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through another gate so the river is again on your right.
1.40km – At the wooden signpost CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON towards Grasmere, ignoring the path to your right heading towards Stonethwaite. After 300 metres the path forks again; BEAR RIGHT going downhill on the established stony path, ignoring the yellow arrow.
2.40km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON past the dilapidate stone ruins.
2.90km – As the path forks, BEAR LEFT away from the bridge that crosses a stream. This is the start of the climb up to Lining Crag.
3.30km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON using the stepping stones to cross several streams. Take caution as these rocks may be slippery.
3.90km – There is a waterfall to your right, and impressive views behind you, looking back down through the valley.
4.60km – As the path plateaus in a grassy clearing with a big boulder, BEAR LEFT onto the stony path, and head for the steps that climb to the left of the rocky cliffs.
5.10km – Congratulations! You have reached the top of Lining Crag. There are great views from here looking back down the way you climbed.
5.50km – The path becomes vague here. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON on the trodden grassy track, using the regular cairns (pile of stones) as a guide. If visibility is bad, keep searching for the cairns and check the map regularly.
5.90km – At the vague grassy crossroads, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to begin heading downhill. After 50 metres you will pick up the gravel path.
6.70km – As you reach the river, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, using the stepping stones to cross the river, on the bend again. After 100 metres cross the river again and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON on the grassy slope heading uphill to the saddle (the low-point between two mountain peaks).
7.10km – On the saddle, by the fence posts, there is a crossroad. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, heading downhill on the path made with big rocks.
7.80km – After passing the trees growing out of the small river gorge, BEAR RIGHT to cross the river using the stepping stones, then immediately BEAR LEFT to keep the river on your left.
9.00km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON on the gravel path. There are lots of streams to cross. Exercise caution as these can be very slippery.
9.80km – BEAR LEFT to head to the bridge crossing the river, ignoring the path on your right with the yellow arrow. Immediately after crossing the bridge, BEAR RIGHT past farmhouses and the track bordered by high drywalls.
11.20km – At the junction with a wooden signpost, BEAR RIGHT, ignoring the left turn to Helm Crag. After 50 metres, BEAR RIGHT through the gate.
11.30km – Once you reach the road, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, crossing it to pass the gate on the other side, following the sign to Grasmere. After 100 metres, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through a second gate and walk towards the bridge in the middle of the field.
11.50km – Immediately after the bridge, TURN LEFT onto the cobbled track. After 300 metres cross two bridges and join the road.
11.80km – As you join the road opposite the red postbox built into the wall, TURN RIGHT. There is no pavement here; walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic.
12.10km – As you pass the 20mph signs, BEAR RIGHT through the gate to walk on the footpath beside the road. After 400 metres cross the swing gate and, as the path forks, BEAR LEFT.
12.60km – As you join the road, TURN LEFT to cross the cattle grid, and then CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to head into the centre of Grasmere. There is an option to turn right to visit Allan Banks.
13.00km – Finish in the central junction of Grasmere, besides the big hotel and selection of outdoor shops.
*** This is the end of our Rosthwaite to Grasmere (Low) route, use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation - for those doing one of our shorter walking itineraries you are likely to be walking onward to overnight in Patterdale/Glenridding - please move onto the next route in the Macs App which is Grasmere to Patterdale/Glenridding ***
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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