The village of Glenridding on the shore of Ullswater is very popular with walkers heading for the ridges and hills of the Helvellyn range. There is also plenty of shorter, lower level, walks to enjoy too. Rising over the village Glenridding Dodd presents a broken craggy face. Despite its formidable appearance The Rake provides walkers with a straight forward, short but steep path. One could return the same way for a quick 'constitutional' or you could continue over the col and down to Stybarrow Crag alongside Mossdale Beck. This latter option is much preferred though the path is poorly defined with wind blown trees and boggy ground slightly complicating route finding further. In descent you should never manage to be really lost, just temporarily misplaced.
There is parking in the centre of Glenridding in the Lake District National Park Authority pay and display car park. And at the Ullswater Steamers car park, where cheap rates in the winter months may be preferable.
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
The walk starts at Glenridding Beck bridge beside the village shops. Bear right to the one way system around the village greenspace. Turn left into Greenside Lane, signposted to Gillside Farm and Helvellyn Youth Hostel. It also has a 6'6" restriction. Follow the lane past the Travellers Rest Inn and bear right at the junction. Shortly after bear left, the road climbs to, and passes in front of a row of cottages.
Continue over the cattle grid then immediately bear right. Zigzag right and then left to gain the upper track. Before reaching the back of another row of cottages fork right at the post with footpath markers. Climb up steeply, ducking under the telegraph pole's restraining wire. The path winds its way up through bracken and heather to The Rake, an obvious easy route to the hause.
At the top of the rise, on the hause, just before the wall and gate bear right on to a path to the wall corner at the bottom of the scree. Continue up alongside the wall. At the top, turn sharply right on to a grass path, follow this path round the first knoll. Go across to the second knoll, and the summit cairn perched on rocks will appear.
Once you have taken in the views from the summit return to the hause with the wall and gate.
Go through the gate, you will it lifts easily over the rock as the bottom hinge has gone and will not be long before the rest of it has disintegrated too. Follow the path through the grass as it bears right and descends gently. Mossdale Beck, draining the combe will soon appear on your left.
From now on the plan is to keep Mossdale Beck on your left, and a wall which can be seen occasionally up to your right. Keep between the two.
Cross the boggy patch and stream. The area lives up to the name of the beck very well. There is some bracken around too.
In the trees you come to the top of a gully with some wind blown trees seemingly blocking the way. They are! Ignore the false path which bears right keeping height on the crag, you must duck under the fallen trees and descend the gully. Just below the path reappears a little clearer. Continue descending, zigzag down through the short crag. The road can be heard now. Drop down to the fence and bear left to the step-stile.
Cross the stile, a dog should make it under or over without too much trouble. The path continues downwards and is alongside a fence with landscaped grounds beyond. Follow the sometimes boggy path down through bracken to the road at the parking area and bus stop.
Turn right and walk along the road below Stybarrow Crag. In just 50m (55 yards) bear left off the road onto the permissive path. Follow this along the shore, up the steps to the view point, and continue eventually reaching the road on the outskirts of Glenridding. There is pavement here into the village.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Lanty's Tarn, Keldas, and Patterdale Circular||10m (11 yards) away|
|Lanty's Tarn, Birkhouse Moor, Red Tarn, Catstycam||44m (48 yards) away|
|Helvellyn, The Classic Ridges of Striding and Swirral Edge||120m (132 yards) away|
|Greenside Mine and Glenridding Beck Circular Stroll||120m (132 yards) away|
|White Side and Raise, from Glenridding||140m (154 yards) away|
|Glenridding Dodd, Heron Pike and Sheffield Pike||160m (176 yards) away|
|Place Fell and a stroll alongside Ullswater||1.1km (0.7 miles) away|
|Birks and Arnison Crag||1.3km (0.8 miles) away|
|A visit to Place Fell overlooking Ullswater||1.3km (0.8 miles) away|
|St Sunday Crag and Grisedale Tarn||1.3km (0.8 miles) away|
|Aira Force and Gowbarrow Fell||3.5km (2.1 miles) away|
|A short walk to Hart Side from Park Brow||3.7km (2.3 miles) away|
|The Dovedale Round: Hartsop above How, Hart Crag, High Hartsop Dodd||3.9km (2.4 miles) away|
|Rest Dodd and The Nab||4.6km (2.8 miles) away|
|Around Hayeswater Reservoir||4.6km (2.8 miles) away|
|Brock Crags and Angletarn Pikes circular walk from Hartsop||4.6km (2.8 miles) away|
|Pasture Beck Round, from Hartsop||4.6km (2.8 miles) away|
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