Many people come to stay at the Crown and Mitre because of the beautiful surroundings and its proximity to the Coast to Coast walk, Wainwright’s famous route.

We have several suggestions for walks that you can do from our front door and we’ll be here when you get back with a thirst-quenching pint of ale, or a mug of the most delicious hot chocolate complete with marshmallows.

walking-lake-district1. Harter Fell

From the car park (468107) at the head of the Mardale valley, go through the “kissing gate” and head up the well marked path. There is a path to the right and left, but keep on the middle path after 100 yards, and climb steadily up to a wall and a further gate, heading up a well marked footpath to Small Water.
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Cross the beck below the small dam and continue around the north shore of the tarn, then up a steep climb to the saddle and the shelter at 453906 – great views over Small Water, Haweswater and the Pennines.

Go left (East) up a steep path to the flat summit of Harter Fell, follow the fence lines and drop down to Gatesgarth Pass via Little Harter Fell. Follow Gatesgarth Beck back to the start at Mardale Head

2. High Street

From the car park (468107) at the head of the Mardale valley, go through the “kissing gate” and head up the well marked path. There is a path to the right and left, but keep on the middle path after 100 yards, and climb steadily up to a wall and a further gate, heading up a well marked footpath to Small Water.

high streetCross the beck below the small dam and continue around the north shore of the tarn, then up a steep climb to the saddle and the shelter at 453906 – great views over Small Water, Haweswater and the Pennines.
Go right (North West) to the summit of Mardale Ill Bell, continue to the summit of High Street and Racecourse Hill.

At the cairn go right and descend down Riggingdale Crag to the base of the Rigg and return to the carpark at the start.

ALTERNATIVELY

From the cairn on Racecourse Hill, continue north along the flat ridge to the junction of the paths at 439123, go right on a narrow path above Riggingdale and keep left again to reach Kidsty Pike.

Descend to Kidsty Howes and the small footbridge over Riggingdale Beck, and follow the path back to the car park at Mardale Head.

The above walk can be linked to a strenuous long day starting and finishing at the Crown and Mitre, via Haweswater northwest lakeshore, via Burnbanks to Mardale Head, Small Water, Mardale Ill Bell, High Street and walk back to the Crown and Mitre via High Raise and Raven Howe. At Weather Hill, go right and follow a path down to Measand Beck and return via Burnbanks, or continue to Drybarrows (498169) and through lovely fields back to Bampton and on to the Crown and Mitre, or the route can be done in reverse.

3. Ill Bell (NOT Mardale Ill Bell)
From the car park (468107) at the head of the Mardale valley, go through the “kissing gate” and head up the well marked path. There is a path to the right and left, but keep on the middle path after 100 yards, and climb steadily up to a wall and a further gate, heading up a well marked footpath to Small Water.

walking-signs-550Cross the beck below the small dam and continue around the north shore of the tarn, then up a steep climb to the saddle and the shelter at 453906 – great views over Small Water, Haweswater and the Pennines.

Go right (north west) to the summit of Mardale Ill Bell. Continue to the route of the High Street Roman road, and head south to Froswick and Ill Bell summit. Descend to Kentmere on a very steep and indistinct path, cross the beck to a footpath going north, rising up to Nan Beild Pass. Drop down into Small Water and down to the start at Mardale Head.