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An assortment of interesting stop off points along our walks.

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A selection of campsites as well as glamorous camping locations.

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Handpicked boutique luxury to family and pet friendly hotels.

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Windermere

Nearest Mainline Train Station:
Penrith

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”.

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Route With A View

Alfred Wainwright was an author, guide writer, talented artist and one of the greatest fell walkers.

The Lake District is a land defined by its natural beauty, this walk is a real Wainwright experience. It is the place he chose as his final resting place and the fell which he took his last walk.

This walk ascents from Gatesgarth Farm, then turns away from Buttermere up Scarth Gap Pass that leads you through Low and High Wax Knott. Then there are a variety of different paths here that lead you up to the cairn at Haystacks.

Wainwright’s verdict “A place of great charm and fairyland attractiveness.”

Carpark: Parking, Keswick CA12 5XJ