Rossett Pike – Walk at the end of the Langdale Valley

An early check-in gave us a free afternoon and we decided to tackle Rossett Pike at the end of the Langdale Valley.

Rossett Pike 2,106 feet.
Time 3 ½ hours.
Distance 9.7 Miles.

Great Langdale is one of the best known valleys in the Lake District and one of our favourites; the walk starts at the very end at the Old Dungeon Ghyll (B5343). This is about a 15 minute drive from Riverside B&B taking first the Coniston road (A593) and then taking the B5343 at Skelwith Bridge to the Langdale Valley passing Elterwater and Chapel Stile.

We parked at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel at the very end of the B5343. Parking is free for National Trust members otherwise 4 hours will cost £5.50.

Step 1

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Head out of the car park to the west and when you get to the junction (with the bridge on your left and a road leading to Middle Fell Farm on your right) there is a public footpath immediately on your right through a gate. The path almost takes you back towards the car park but turns north and continues up to a gate.

Step 2

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Head through the gate and turn left to follow the main path leading you into Mickleden and towards Stake Pass. Continue along this path for about 3km to the split in the path just after the footbridge by Stake Gill.

Step 3

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Keep to the path heading west (so don’t go up Stake Pass) which will take you along Rossett Gill and after a few zigzags you will arrive at flatter ground between Rossett Pike and Hanging Knotts with a large cairn.

Step 4

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From the cairn there is a quick detour to the top of Rossett Pike. You need to follow the path north-east, which after about 100m bends round to the east and up to the summit of Rossett Pike. We then retraced our steps from the summit and had some of Diney’s cake by Angle Tarn and trecked along the back of the fell to Stake Pass where we took the path down to Mickledon, alongside Stake Gill. A great afternoon walk made all the better with a couple of pints at the Hikers Bar at the Old Dungeon Ghyll (Diney was driving).

About Richard & Diney

Richard & Diney met whilst working in London and moved to the Lake District in the summer of 2015. Moving to Ambleside was a quick and easy decision to make with planning taking place in the autumn of 2014. Richard spent the best part of 25 years in the world of finance before seeing the light and moving to Cumbria, while Diney’s love of the Lake District began during her first catering job working at the Outward Bound Centre in Eskdale.