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Lake District Trail Running Routes #2 - lunch in another valley. Borrowdale to Wasdale for lunch

Now the days are long and the sun is warm, why not work up an appetite by running to the pub – in another valley.


Borrowdale to Wasdale for lunch

This is the perfect route for a warm summer's day where you want a full day out but also want to enjoy a good lunch


Start: Seathwaite, Borrowdale

Distance: 4.6 miles each way. 9.2 miles total.

Elevation gain: 1245ft each way. 2490ft total.

Time: 1:30 each way. Give yourself longer on the return as you may be tired.


https://explore.osmaps.com/en/route/11337816/Borrowdale-to-Wasdale

See OS Maps route for full route – this description is for information only.


This does take you into remote territory – make sure you have the kit and navigation ability to look after yourself in this terrain


Park at Seathwaite and head on the main, flat path towards Stockley Bridge. Cross over the bridge and follow the path upwards and to the right. There is a fairly steep incline then it flattens out towards the famous Styhead Tarn with stunning views to all the surrounding central fells. Carry on and dip down to the right past Great Gable (the paths are complicated here so be sure to make sure you’re using the map to select the correct one). You’ll then enter the head of the Wasdale valley and soon you should be able to see your destination – the Wasdale Head Inn!






Enjoy some food and a pint but remember, you’ve got to do it all again in reverse. This is a different way to get right into the central fells without aiming for a specific summit. And there's something special about arriving in a new valley on foot that makes you feel like you've earnt your lunch.



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