Cumbria Way

Cumbria Way - Dungeon Ghyll to Keswick

Typically the third section of the Cumbria Way. It is a long day at nearly 28.0km (17.4 miles) with a climb to 480m over Stake Pass. The rest of the walk once you're over the pass is easier, but feels tough as you are tired from the rough mountain paths and effort of climbing.

The section starts by the hotel at Dungeon Ghyll, which is usually called the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, as opposed to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel which is 1.0km (0.6 miles) further into the Langdale valley. In practise the start of this section is from wherever you manage to find accommodation as this is a popular place for walkers and climbers, and even the National Trust campsite gets fully booked at weekends long in advance.

The route avoids a little road walking by taking a rough path between the two hotels following above the intake wall. Then a better path heads into Mickleden which is a classic U shaped glacial valley. A steep climbs up stone pitched, and rough paths to Stake Pass gives a real sense of mountain remoteness. Poor weather here needs to be taken seriously. Descending well engineered zigzags drop down the other side of the pass into Langstrath - meaning the long valley - from where more rough walking is required before you get to Borrowdale. Conveniences, and a tearoom in Rosthwaite may be well needed by then. The onward journey to Keswick now being easier for walkers more familiar with the lowlands.

Apart from taking the bus directly out of Langdale there is little scope for an escape from the route until reaching the Borrowdale valley and the road at Rosthwaite. The Honister Rambler goes in both directions to Keswick. If you make it to Derwent Water a passing launch may be hailed.