Bassenthwaite to Threlkeld

  • Passes remote and tranquil countryside
  • Dash Falls is a beautiful waterfall
  • Use the bus service from Threlkeld or Keswick

The lonely walk past Skiddaw House is superb (ideally I was looking for a low level Skiddaw circular but not yet!) but definitely best done one way with the help of a driver, 2nd car or the bus to Bassenthwaite is required (the bus is best). I have always started at Bassenthwaite on this crossing, as much for the views up Dash Falls as anything, but it could be reversed, particularly if staying at Bassenthwaite.

I have also added Great Calva to the traditional crossing (accessed comfortably from the top of Dash Falls – 700 feet) as I find the sweeping views to the south via the V shaped Glenderraterra quite special and those in to the Remote North an interesting exercise in Wainwright spotting . The track passes Skiddaw House (more impressive from a distance than close up) which used to be stalkers house but is now a wonderfully placed Youth Hostel – nothing better for the walker, cyclist or explorer but an awfully long walk back from the pub.

Recommend: A further option which includes more high ground but misses out on Dash Falls is to head north west to Great Cockup and cross the low col to the Knott before heading back south to join the original route at Great Calva.

Transport: If you are taking the bus from Threlkeld/Keswick to Bassenthwaite it is the X4 leaving at 8.45/9.10 or 10.45/11.10 taking just 35/15 minutes. It does drop you off on the main road 1/2 a mile from Bassenthwaite

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Bassenthwaite Threlkeld map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West. .Buy Map
Start Point: NY 230322. Park in Bassenthwaite and take the path due east 100 yards south of the pub.
Height to Climb: 387ms (1,269 feet)
Terrain: A major bridleway is followed throughout aside from the excursion up Great Calva which follows an intermittent path.
Eating & Drinking: There is one pub in Bassenthwaite and 2 pubs in Threlkeld.
Similar Walks Nearby: Climbing Blencathra
Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Binsey from Bassenthwaite
Places to Stay: Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite LakeKestrel Lodge Campsite, Bassenthwaite