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image for Walking Route item typeDay 1: Threlkeld - Portinscale at Threlkeld

Walking Route




Pleasant lanes lead easily out of Threlkeld and into the dramatically shaped valley carved by Glenderaterra Beck. From then on you are submerged amongst the lonely fells at the back of Skiddaw. This wild and woolly corner of the Lake District is in real contrast to the rest of the fells and mountains, being of more moderate rolling slopes and lacking steep crags and gills. The splendidly lofty position of Skiddaw's summit soon re-introduces you to the classic Lakeland scene as the views from its trig point take in almost every significant peak.

An easier alternative to Skiddaw is to take the old railway line path through Keswick from Threlkeld to join up with the Allerdale Ramble which can then be followed to Portinscale.

Before setting off please make sure you plot the suggested route on OS maps and pack a compass. They are essential for a safe, enjoyable day in the hills!

Walk Route: Threlkeld - Portinscale

Duration: 6 - 7 hours

Miles: 12

Time/Effort 3 out of 5
Navigation 3 out of 5
Technicality 3 out of 5
Height gain/loss (metres) 943
OS map OS Landranger 90, OS Explorer OL 4 & 5




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Map reference: NY 319253  Lat: 54.61884 Long: -3.05606