Ennerdale Horseshoe (2 days)
Our Journey starts on the northern shore of Ennerdale Water, at the end of the paved road. From here we climb up on to Red Pike where the view opens up to the Buttermere valley and across to the North Western fells. From this summit we follow the ridge over High Crag before descending down to Scarth Gap. Ahead lies Wainwright’s favourite mountain, Haystacks, and Inonimate Tarn where his ashes were scattered. A short steep climb brings us to this summit. The way ahead is over a broad ridge to the summit of Brandreth which then rolls on and over Green Gable. A short descent brings us to Windy Gap which offers views down Ennerdale on the right and Styhead Tarn and the central Fells on the left. A rocky ascent of Great Gable is made which offers fantastic views down Wasdale and across to Scafell Pike. Our last peak on this long day is now in front of us. We descend to a pass and then climb Kirk Fell. From here we drop down to spend the night at the famous Black Sail Youth Hostel.
Our second day starts with the walk back up to Black Sail Pass. From here we climb on to Looking Stead and then we make the famous traverse past Robinson’s Cairn to come out at Pillar Rock - a striking rock pillar with many famous climbs. The top of Pillar mountain is gained by a steep track. From Pillar we head over to Steeple and then continue across the broad ridge to finish on Haycock. From here we descend back down to Ennerdale Water and a short walk along its shore to our original start point.
It is possible to do this walk the other way round, as well as a number of variations to suit people’s wishes.
A route with a large amount of ascent and descent, requiring a good level of fitness and previous summer hill walking experience.
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We are able to arrange pick up and drop offs from Penrith railway station before and after the trip
We can arrange for you to make the short easy climb to the summit of Pillar Rock’s Higher Man. (A climbing guide will meet you there with all necessary equipment for you to make the ascent.)
What is Included:
Qualified mountain leader to guide you during the trip
Accommodation at Black Sail Youth Hostel
What is Excluded:
Transport to and from the start of the trip at Ennerdale Water unless booked as an optional extra
Waterproofs, rucksacks and walking poles can be hired for a small fee
Walking boots - suitable for summer walking
Personal clothing - a kit list will be sent to you on booking