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Cumbria Way

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Leave Stickle Barn Car Park by the path in the top corner near the shelter

The Cumbria Way, New Dungeon Ghyll

Follow the path through a gate

The Cumbria Way near Kirk Howe

Continue to follow the path between a good wall on the left and a broken wall on the right

The Cumbria Way near Rossett

Drop down to cross the footbridge over Dungeon Ghyll

Bridge over Dungeon Ghyll near Rossett

Keep to the lower, descending path beyond the gate

The Cumbria Way near Rossett

Go through the gate at the top of the hill

The Cumbria Way near Rossett

Leave the main path by turning left onto a less obvious rough path immediately beyond the trees


(Southbound walkers turn right, downhill, here)


Follow the path uphill beside the wall

The Cumbria Way, New Dungeon Ghyll

Ignore a path joining from the right beyond a National Trust sign and continue uphill to the band of trees


(Southbound walkers keep right here)

The Cumbria Way, New Dungeon Ghyll

Then turn left through a gap in the wall and follow the path up the hill

The Cumbria Way, New Dungeon Ghyll

Turn right through a gate into a small lane

The Cumbria Way, New Dungeon Ghyll

Ulverston to Gawthwaite - Gawthwaite to Coniston - Coniston to Skelwith Bridge

Skelwith Bridge to Great Langdale - Great Langdale to Rosthwaite

Rosthwaite to Keswick - Keswick to Caldbeck (Low Route)

Keswick to Caldbeck (High Route) - Caldbeck to Sebergham - Sebergham to Dalston

Dalston to Carlisle


The Route - Great Langdale (New Dungeon Ghyll) to Rosthwaite


Distance: 14.4km (9 miles)

Shortly before passing an old barn, a well preserved section of the ancient Norse ‘ring garth’ wall that once enclosed the valley can be seen on the right

The Cumbria Way near Kirk Howe

A gate is reached behind the buildings of Old Dungeon Ghyll


Go through the gate

The Cumbria Way, Old Dungeon Ghyl

Turn sharp right, crossing a small ford and follow the track beside the wall


(Southbound walkers turn sharp left up the path here)


(Turn left here to reach the facilities at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel)


Great Langdale Alternative Route: The Cumbria Way alternative route from The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is rejoined at the footpath gate in the wall on the left beyond the ford

The Cumbria Way near Old Dungeon Ghyl

Follow the path as it drops steeply down to the left to join a track

The Cumbria Way near Old Dungeon Ghyl

The track follows the wall on a wide drove road leading up the valley

The Cumbria Way near Middle Fell Farm

Ignore the farm track to the left and keep straight ahead on the main track


(The farm track is a public right of way through the farm yard and is the shortest route to the valley road and bus stop, but to avoid inconvenience to the farmer it is desirable to use the nearby permitted right of way at NY285061)

The Cumbria Way near Middle Fell Farm

Where the wall ends, continue straight ahead following the main track up the valley

The Cumbria Way, Mickleden

Go through two gates forming part of a complex of sheepfolds and continue to follow the track beside the wall

The Cumbria Way, Mickleden

The track approaches Mickleden Beck and becomes a rough path as it nears the valley head

The Cumbria Way, Mickleden

As the path approaches a sheepfold, it crosses a footbridge over Stake Gill

Bridge over Stake Gill

At the path junction beyond the bridge, near the sheepfold, take the smaller path to the right of the cairn


A stone in the cairn signposts the path to Stake Pass


The path immediately starts to climb

The Cumbria Way, Mickleden

Follow the path parallel to Stake Gill; as the ground steepens, the path starts to zig zag

The Cumbria Way, Stake Pass

The path, rough in places, becomes less steep as it approaches the top of the pass

The Cumbria Way, Stake Pass

The path finally levels out as it enters the open moorland area of Langdale Combe …

Langdale Combe, Stake Pass

Follow the zig zags up the steepening fell side below Black Crags as the path climbs up the pass

The Cumbria Way, Stake Pass

Continue to follow the path, which can be rough in places, down the valley

Go through a gate beside a large boulder built into the end the wall


Do not cross the footbridge over Langstrath Beck to the left, but continue straight on across open ground keeping the wall and river to the left to reach a gate


Keep straight on through the narrow part of the road between the buildings to the front of the Royal Oak Hotel beyond

At the end of the minor road, turn left onto the main road

Cross the bridge over Stonethwaite Beck and follow the road beyond

The lane ends at a minor road near the Hazel Bank Hotel entrance


Turn left onto the road

The lane drops down beside Stonethwaite Beck, then climbs and turns sharp right away from the river


Continue to follow the lane

Go through the left hand gate into a lane

The lane runs between two high walls and turns sharp left along the bottom of a wood


Keeping close to the wall, follow the path round to the left


Where the path divides at two gates, go through the lower left hand gate and follow the lane beyond


The path leaves the wall slightly crossing open ground


Continue to follow the path alongside the wall


At the path junction, turn left for Stonethwaite village, but keep straight along the path to follow The Cumbria Way to Rosthwaite and Keswick


The path passes through a gate, beyond which is a path junction


… and crosses Stake Gill at a ford


Continue to follow the path as it climbs away from the ford

Stake Gill, Langdale Combe

The path is clear on the ground and easy to follow.  It winds through an area of hummocky glacial moraine

Langdale Combe, Stake Pass

… crossing boggy areas on stepping stones

Langdale Combe, Stake Pass

… and continuing to gain height

Langdale Combe, Stake Pass

Where the path does a very sharp right hand turn at a path junction, keep straight on to follow the path crossing some stones over an area of bog


(Southbound walkers keep right here, on the lower descending path)

Stake Pass above Langdale Combe

After 40m (45 yds) at a second path junction, keep right following the path leading up towards a cairn

Stake Pass summit

The cairn marks the summit of Stake Pass (N 54°28.102’ W 03°08.116’) and the former (pre 1975) county boundary of Westmorland and Cumberland


(The boulder beside the path just before the cairn has a large old Ordnance Survey Benchmark (arrow symbol) carved on it; the survey height is 480.30 metres (1575.8 feet) above sea level)

Stake Pass summit

Continue past the cairn following the path that now starts to descend to Langstrath and Borrowdale

Stake Pass summit




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Great Langdale (New Dungeon Ghyll) to Great Langdale (Old Dungeon Ghyll)

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Great Langdale (New Dungeon Ghyll) to Great Langdale (Old Dungeon Ghyll)

Distance: 1.3km (¾ mile)

Approximate Ascent: 50m (160 ft)  -  Approximate Descent: 40m (130 ft)

Great Langdale (Old Dungeon Ghyll) to Stonethwaite

Distance: 11.6km 7¼ miles

Approximate Ascent: XXXXm  -  Approximate Descent: XXXXm

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