The Cumbria Way - route details for the Langdale to Keswick section of the walk
Stonethwaite Beck as it heads down towards Rosthwaite on the 3rd day of The Cumbria Way and heading into Mickleden © Dave and Angie Walsh www.masarnenramblers.com Find out more about the route that The Cumbria Way takes Help and advice on planning your Cumbria Way walk Sort your accommodation needs along The Cumbria Way whether it be B&Bs, Hostels or campsites Browse our collection of photographs taken along the route of the Cumbria Way Discover more about The Cumbria Way by reading many of the related links on www.thecumbriaway.co.uk
The Cumbria Way Day 3 : Langdale to Keswick

Click to find route details for day 1 of the Cumbria Way Ulverston to Coniston


Click to find route details for day 2 of the Cumbria Way Coniston to Langdale


Click to find route details for day 3 of the Cumbria Way Langdale to Keswick


Click to find route details for day 4 of the Cumbria Way Keswick to Caldbeck


Click to find route details for day 5 of the Cumbria Way Caldbeck to Carlisle


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Mickleden click to view photo
A delightfully secluded - sometimes - two mile long valley with stunning rock scenery and some pretty impressive glacial moraines near the head of the valley.

Stake Pass click to view photo
One of a couple major climbs of the Cumbria Way. A rocky path zigzags its way up the right hand side of the valley head depositing you on Martcrag Moor where you can take a well earned breather

Langstrath click to view photo
A gloriously remote and rocky valley surrounded by craggy fells, Langstrath is somewhere you can sit for ages and only see people in the distance.

Black Moss Pot click to view photo
A dramatic, rocky gorge where you are as likely to find swimmers and rock scramblers as you are fell walkers. Well worth the short detour from the path.

Stonethwaite Beck click to view photo
Formed at the confluence of Langstrath Beck and Greenup Gill beneath Eagle Crag, at Smithymire Island. You keep the beck on your left hand side for a couple of picturesque miles as you head towards Rosthwaite.

Rosthwaite
Pretty little village with a shop, cafe and pubs - perfect to relax a while before the next stage into Keswick.

Castle Crag click to view photo
One of Wainwrights 214 fells and this is an adventurous but not too strenuous diversion from the Cumbria Way if you have the energy and time?

Millican Dalton's Cave click to view photo
A very easy diversion from the route as it meanders through wooded Borrowdale below Castle Crag. The 'Professor of Adventure' died in 1947 and lived here in this cave for quite a few years ... read more

Grange click to view photo
Not officially on the route but only a couple hundred yards diversion. Grange is too good an opportunity to miss for refreshments and a rest for those weary legs.

Brandlehow Park click to view photo
The route along the shore of Derwentwater takes you through magnificent woodland canopy and a very 'handy' sculpture to commemorate the first purchase of lands by the National Trust ... more details


Portinscale
Only a short stroll from Keswick now and the river is crossed by a fine suspension bridge over the River Derwent.

Dungeon Ghyll is a small cluster of buildings nestling below the impressive 'front' of the Langdale Pikes and shares its name with a spectacular waterfall which tumbles down a rough ravine. Dominating the scenery are the Langdale Pikes, impressively built up almost in front of your eyes, this is one place you will be more than happy to sit and rest your weary feet whilst soaking in the view.

There are two Dungeon Ghyll hotels - Old and New - as well as Sticklebarn Tavern which ensures that your refreshment needs are well and truly taken care of. Dungeon Ghyll has one major problem for those seeking a bed for the night - there is not a massive choice and those that are here tend to ask for a minimum of two nights stay!

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The Cumbria Way leaves Dungeon Ghyll by traversing the lower slopes of the Langdale Pikes on a rough path before leveling out on the flat valley floor of Mickleden. Bowfell and the Pikes keep a constant watch on you with with Rossett Pike rising up straight ahead of you as you follow the wide track through Mickleden. Close to a footbridge and a sheepfold (perfect for sheltering in!) at the head of the valley, a slab indicates the direction of Stake Pass and the Cumbria Way with the onward route heading for Rossett Gill.

A reconstructed path zigzags its way up the fellside - take the opportunity to stop and admire the views behind you as you pause for a breather. The top of the pass is marked by a cairn after walking an undulating path around and through the moraines that litter Mart Crag Moor. Take a moment here to view the 'rear' of the Langdale Pikes and apart from the knobble of Pike o' Stickle you may well be surprised by the moorland aspect of these (from the front) formidable fells.

A rugged crossing of the pass and an occasionally stony descent into Langstrath alongside the delightful Langstrath Beck. Once on the valley bottom the official route stays to the right hand side although the left hand side of the beck is normally dryer and easier walking. Whichever way you decide to go though do not omit a visit to Black Moss Pot - a mecca for those who like mountain dips!

The route heads now to towards Greenup Gill where after crossing a footbridge over a delightful waters meet (perfect place to sit awhile and eat your packed lunch whilst looking up at the formidable looking Eagle Crag) you swing left and follow a stony track into Rosthwaite - for those wishing to visit Stonethwaite take the footbridge a mile or so down the track on your left hand side.

On leaving Rosthwaite, the Cumbria Way follows the River Derwent downstream via a lane and the choice of stepping stones or a bridge slightly further downstream. The route now leads through the steep and wooded Jaws of Borrowdale alongside the River Derwent past Gowder Dub (perfect for a paddle to revive those aching feet) OR there is the option of tackling Castle Crag and rejoining the route further on. Whichever way you choose the route joins together again at Gowder Dub and actually bypasses the village of Grange. However most Cumbria Way'ers will pop into Grange and sample a coffee and cake at one of the excellent cafes in the village or even just to use the public toilets!

The route branches off to the right half a mile out of Grange and takes advantage of some superbly positioned duck-boards at Manesty to walk over the boggiest sections of the path. Pass through Manesty Wood on a metalled track and you are soon on the shore of Derwentwater amidst spoil heaps of long disused mine workings. The way now follows a delightful path through woods and alongside the lake although the temptation may be strong to catch the ferry straight to Keswick - avoid it as that is cheating!

After leaving the lakeshore and passing Hawse End outdoor education centre you take a right turn through a field and then Lingholme Woods before entering Portinscale on the road. As the road takes a sharp left turn you keep straight on, past a hotel and over a suspension bridge before taking fenced right hand turn through fields and into Keswick.


 
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