Braithwaite - Outerside - Stile End - Braithwaite

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This great walk starts off just outside the small village of Braithwaite, near Keswick. It follows the valley floor of Coledale for about two miles up to Force Crag Mine. Force Crag Mine was the last working metal mine in the Lake District, being in use up until 1991!

The route heads uphill to the south from here after crossing Coledale Beck. It is steep but follows a zigzag path to reach the flatter High Moss area south of Outerside. A short section of pathless walking will lead you to an obvious path up the south-western side of Outerside and up to its 568m-high summit. Descent takes you down the north-eastern side, which is a little steep in places, before making its way to a minor summit nearby called Stile End. This peak is sandwiched between Outerside and Barrow and offers more breathtaking views of the Vale of Keswick and Coledale.

The descent from here is along the fell's north-eastern ridge, which is grassy and easy to follow all the way back to Braithwaite.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West

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Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Mountains, River, Waterfall, Wildlife

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