Your starter for ten

  • Distance: 13km (8 miles)
  • Ascent: 329m

Kicking off a new weekly series of recommended routes – here’s an all-weather route in the Lakes that you may not have heard of.

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Everybody will need to dodge the Lakes weather at some stage in their life; this Claife Heights classic is a favourite short, sharp blast that ducks the worst of it by not actually gaining much height.

You’ll spend a lot of time in or around trees as well, which well help to keep even the wildest weathers at bay.

It’s also a place that’s not that busy with other outdoor users. This is due to the lack of obvious views and scenery. Having said that, this actually is a very pretty area of the Lake District. Especially the sections alongside the shores of Lake Windermere.


From Red Nab (Landranger 97/SD385994), climb W then turn S onto Basecamp drive. Break L then fork R to a junction, where you go sharp R then sharp L to guide post. Now follow the BW S, forking L to Far Sawrey. Turn L then L again to climb N then NE, then drop to the lake shore, which you follow to the finish.