DOD Lake District Adventure
DOD Lake District Adventure
Tailored, guided hiking events with wild camps in the mountains.
The group is traveling to Patterdale in the morning. Once the group has gathered to weigh rucksacks & safety brief, we’ll set off south through the valley, hiking on tarmac & grass for the most part with no elevations of note.
At around the 3-mile mark, we head east & begin climbing to a little over 2 100 feet & head northwest over the plateau. The trail here is indistinct, rough & boggy & we have to pay attention to navigation to not lose our way.
At just under the 6-mile mark, we reach our campsite at Angle Tarn at an elevation of 2 181 feet. At altitude, the site is exposed to strong winds & can get cold depending on the weather in the evening.
Breaking camp on the morning of Day 2, we have an easy descent to the village of Patterdale where we’ll stop for breakfast. The route up the valley out of Patterdale is beautiful with a steady ascent & a good trail for the most part. Once at the top of the valley we’ll see Grisedale Tarn to our right at an elevation of around 2 177 foot & being exposed, can be windy & cold even in early spring. The next section descends into a small catchment basin & is very rocky underfoot. This eases into a steady descent down the side of the mountain towards ‘Tongue Gill’, our wild camp for night 2. This is a wonderful campsite with a fast-flowing mountain stream providing (filtered) drinking water & flat ground for pitching tents. A 5-8 minute walk brings us to the ‘Travellers Rest’ pub where we can enjoy food & drinks.
The final day has the group travelling back in the late afternoon. We break camp for an easy hike on tarmac through the lanes skirting the village of Grasmere. Heading north west, we’ll see the imposing feature of ‘Helm Crag’ in the distance & that is our destination. Reaching the foot of the mountain, we’ll make a sharp climb of 1 255 foot to the summit too enjoy the magnificent 180 degree views from the top over the valley & Grasmere itself.
We’ll stop here & enjoy some food & the wonderful views, taking photos & video from the top. When we are all ready, we’ll make the steep descent down the front of ‘Helm Crag’ entering the valley & heading south east for an easy hike on tarmac & grass towards Grasmere Village.
Grasmere is a major highlight of the Lake District & as such should be enjoyed. We suggest a light lunch in one of the many cafes on offer before setting off for the return journey.
Total Estimated Mileage: 18 statute miles (this will fluctuates based on the exact route taken which will probably vary a little based on the conditions on the day & how the group feels.
Total Elevation: 5 613 food.
Note: Bring plenty of cash change for cafes and shops along the way.
25th June 2021, 10:00 AM
As per kit list provided
There will be a group briefing to run through gear and ideas for camp food as well as a summary of the itinerary for the full five days. We will also do a short practical session on the correct use of trekking poles which are essential for hiking elevations over rough ground with a weighted pack.
*Social distancing guidelines will be maintained on all NSK trips, courses, wild camps and events. Your Lead Guide will provide guidance during your safety briefing.*