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This truly is an epic walk! We parked down at the bottom as we were worried about the steep hill and didn't know there was a huge free car park at the top. So we'll definitely park at the top next time.
The views are spectacular! And there are loads of hidden surprises that I won't spoil but wow! Some bits are definitely not for the faint hearted.
As far as it being a loop, that is more difficult as the paths to come down the other side is not at all clear. We lost battery all of a sudden on the phone (at 40% so weird) so unfortunately the app was no help either. We ended up picking our way through the rough and even climbed down a stream but it was all good fun. We actually found the path at the bottom so next time we'll start that way and see where it joins the top. The path the other side is huge and unmissable.

Make it circular

Fantastic walk with different terrains to experience. Would definitely do this again. Completed in 3hrs 45.

This is a really fantastic walk. A man made path on one side rocky and difficult on the other. Many places to picnic.a really good first walk to discovering the lakes.

Beautiful walk . dogs must be kept on leads .

lovely sea view walk . also a nice lake walk on way back . reef rock is a dog friendly bistro , nice for a stop and a bite to eat . I walked from Barton On Sea ... approx 12kms.

Amazing trail with information on the tall trees. lots of other trails to follow for a longer new forest walk

Good walk, good views - you can see for miles, Luds "Church" interesting, walk can be muddy. Busy on summer weekends.

mountain biking
1 month ago

great place to run, walk or cycle, cafe at Hassop station and lots to do in Bakewell

A nice route for a good summer’s day. Anti-clockwise will give the least resistance against the crowds.

A nice day out. Can be overcrowded and dull at times as a result. Drones are becoming an issue at the Tarn.

To avoid the crowds a scramble up the Ghyll next to the path goes with little difficulty but a good day in a dry spell is a must on top of the usual need for good scrambling experience. A nip up Jack’s Rake will bring you back to the crowds but is relatively simple for the amount of exposure it brings (Note: this is also a rock climbing location. Climbers can drop/knock down rocks as the climb. They will also get very angry if you crowd them doing their rope work or if you cross their ropes - this is rather dangerous and really shouldn’t need saying...sadly it does).

A pretty part of the world and if you have 2 cars a great single day outing.

Far more fun is to try and stay high for longer though - traversing High Street and Harter Fell gives nicer views and more enjoyment for not too much more effort. You can come back through Swindale and Keld or Mosedale and over the Shap Fells down to Keld again.

As a day hike it’s better in reverse.

Of note: there has been a lot of talk about seeing the village of Mardale this year. You haven’t, but a couple of tracks outside the village have been uncovered by the low water, but the village itself hasn’t been seen for a good 15-20yr. This had made for some awful traffic down the side of Haweswater and difficult parking: all the more reason to stay high and avoid the valley.

Easy 10km, though a little confusing along the shore - it was high tide at the time and seemed like there wasn’t going to be a path all the way around but I’m glad I chanced it as it was mostly fine. You do have to climb over some tree trunks along the shore but it’s such a beautiful spot that it was well worth it. Also the last turn off from the road to the field was pretty hard to spot due to overgrowth, it was mostly just a hole in the bushes that you have to climb through.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice day hike. Very good views and awesome crevice. The stream was peaceful and trail was nice.

Would recommend going anti clockwise

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, long but not too strenuous. Worth getting up early to do this one for less crowds.
Route is easy to navigate with all trails map. No toilets on route only at campsite at the start. Just a shame couldn’t see anything when we got to the top

walking
2 months ago

Lovely walk. Very popular with dog walkers and cyclists.

walking
2 months ago

Good variety of terrains, will be going back to do again as it was too cloudy to see many of the views! Nice cafe at car park. £8 for all day parking

We live locally and this is our favourite walk come wind or sun. A beautiful easy walk along a stoney spit connecting to Hurst Castle. You can walk all around the outside of the castle though you have to climb over a tall groyne using the ladder. Take a book and a nice lunch and sit by the castle.

hiking
2 months ago

Ennerdale is quite a remote part of the lakes. Half of the loop is a well maintained track, however the opposite side of the lake is very rocky underfoot. Also in wet weather the trail is almost a stream off the fell! The scree section is fairly straight forward, but ( depending on which direction you take) the crag after it could be quite tricky as there is a little bit of climbing involved. The car park is free. ( Bowness knott) I would say it's a little harder than easy though!

To access the trail head involves driving up a very steep and very narrow road . Be aware if you decide to visit .

Lovely walk next to the river

awesome challenging walk note tough for dogs

Love this walk, have done it numerous times in Autumn/Winter and mainly in the rain. Can be slippy and there are a few muddy areas at the start. Spectacular views. Ice cream van part the way round sells hot/cold drinks.

Beautiful area with lovely views. Easy walk on good terrain. Perfect family trip.

had a nice sunny day. took the dog.
the walk was great and the views from the top were fantastic. make sure you take a waterproof because the weather can be very changeable at the top. all in all a fun walk and one very tired dog.

Lovely view on good weather.

2 months ago

very short but good for an evening after work to see the tree and the local deer

walking
2 months ago

Fabulous walk and views

hiking
3 months ago

Great day out with family, even grandson did well , good maps well clear of tracks , will do it again even me been sixty

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