SE Walking information from Stickle Tarn Lodge, White Cross Bay, Lake Windermere: a self-catering, superior-graded, dog-friendly, family-owned, pine cabin holiday lodge. Sleeps six.

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Stickle Tarn Lodge - a superior 3 bedroom pine cabin at White Cross Bay - some of our very own local walks for you to enjoy (scroll down, please)


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The Lake District has genuine dangers: steep, unpredictable slopes and weather that can change in literally a few moments. So PLEASE always check the weather beforehand, always let someone know where you are going if you have any concerns about your walk/trek, and ALWAYS ensure you have suitable clothing, maps, and safety equipment in case anything goes wrong... thermal blankets, water and food are amongst the most obvious. Torches and whistles are also important. You need to satisfy yourself that you are properly prepared.

All of the walks on this page have risks and shouldn't be tackled in adverse weather conditions without more detailed instructions and suitable equipment for the weather. If you are entering cloud, then you will need to have good map reading skills or preferrably a GPS device that you are familiar with.
Please remember, these are only outlines to to help you discover some of the walks we ourselves have enjoyed. FURTHER PREPARATION IS ESSENTIAL!


Index!

  1. Walk 1. Helm Crag (AKA The Lion and the Lamb) click here
  2. Walk 2. Scafell Pike click here
  3. Walk 3. Crinkle Crags and/or Pike of Blisco & Bowfell click here
  4. Walk 4. Kentmere Horseshoe (& High Street) click here
  5. Walk 5. Fairfield Horsehoe click here
  6. Walk 6. Old Man of Coniston click here
  7. Walk 7. Stickle Tarn click here

HELM CRAG FROM GRASMERE (Otherwise known as the Lion and the Lamb)

The top of Helm Crag near Grasmere

This is what you're headed for! It's a guide! It is not a detailed route instruction. You will need Ordnance Survey Maps OL4 and OL5. Both are provided at the lodge. If someone has gone off with them for some reason, then buy them before you set out!

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Scafell Pike



OK! OK! OK! You want to go up Scafell Pike! And who wouldn't? The highest mountain in England at something like 978m (I think that's over 3,000 feet).
So who am I to put you off? We've climbed it four times now, and each from a different direction! But here's a few words of warning:
Scafell and Scafell Pike are NOT one and the same mountain, even though they're right next to one another. This can cause confusion. Not least the time when Jeanne and Beks went up from Eskdale but, as dusk set in, they went around behind Scafell and ended up at Wast Water - miles from anywhere. I had to drive something like 100 miles to rescue them in the dark.
Ah! The stories we still tell about that time!
The quickest (and I believe easiest) way up the mountain is to set out from the North end of Wast Water. I think that's what a lot of people do! But from Stickle Tarn Lodge, it's a long drive to get there in the first place.

My own preferred route is to go from Old Dungeon Ghyll (NY 286060), nestled beneath the distinctive slopes of Harrrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle - points of reference from miles around. You can get there by car in about half-an-hour or so - and if you belong to the National Trust, then the parking is free (but otherwise make sure you've got six or seven pounds to spend - or sometimes you can buy a cheaper ticket from the pub itself). I cannot stress strongly enough that this is only a general guide, and a proper route should be plotted and followed using an Ordnance Survey Map or equivalent.

I think this route took us about 5 hours there and back - but it was in thick mist and I had to use my GPS continuously - so I've not got any good pics to show!!
In good weather, however, this is probably your best bet from Stickle Tarn Lodge.
Sorry to 'come on strong' but DO NOT attempt this climb without further instructions and unless you are confident you have the proper clothing and safety equipment
This is NOT just me wearing my Health and Safety (don't-get-sued) hat...the Lake District weather can change incredibly quickly, and the 'slopes' are often far more treacherous than some people give them credit for. I don't want to put you off!! I really don't! Provided you understand the risks and are properly prepared, then everything should be just fine!

The route I'd like to take you along is the Eskdale one.
Again, these are only general instructions and you MUST use a map and/or other more detailed guidance.
If you rely on these guidelines alone, you may well get lost!! - especially in poor weather.

Crinkle Crags (and/or Pike of Blisco)



We can see Crinkle Crags as we walk around White Cross Bay Park. As often as not, their 'heads' are in the clouds.
The diverse and challenging terrain, the unique shape of each 'Crinkle' (there are five + 'Shleter Crags), and the spectacular views must make them one of the most popular treks in the Lake District.
If they are in cloud, however, it really isn't advisable to attempt this trek - unless you are already familiar with it, or unless you are a proficient orienteer. Once in the mist, it is very easy to become disorientated and there are some hazardous drops if you end up in the wrong place! --- we've nearly been there ourselves!
The bearings I'm going to give you should help, but please don't take any unnecessary risks! Back to index

Kentmere Horseshoe




Detailed info to follow Back to index

Fairfield Horseshoe



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Old Man of Coniston


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Stickle Tarn


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