Hartsop - Pasture Bottom - Thornthwaite Crag - Hartsop

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Hartsop - Pasture Bottom - Thornthwaite Crag - Gray Crag - Hartsop

This fairly short route takes in two Wainwright summits and the beautiful quiet valley of Pasture Bottom along the way. It starts in the tiny village of Hartsop just near Brothers Water and quickly heads away from the crowds to the south-east along the valley floor. The path hugs quite close to Pasture Beck and passes around the awesome Raven Crag, providing some spectacular rock scenery. Once at the head of the valley (Thresthwaite Mouth) the route takes a fairly loose and steep path east to summit Thornthwaite Crag and with its large beacon it is hard to get lost here! The views down Troutbeck from Thresthwaite Mouth are truly spectacular and the mountain scenery from Thronthwaite Crag adds an extra positive to the whole walk.

The next section of the route is much more gentle and takes the form of an open, grassy ridge heading north to Gray Crag. The route is simple and easy to follow and offers changing views of the surrounding higher mountains of High Street, Caudale Moor and The Knott, as well as other mountains in the area. From Gray Crag (do take a moment to peek over to the right for a bird's-eye view of Hayeswater), the route follows a path down to the north which joins the main Hayeswater path and passes an ancient lead mine along the way. A permissive path allows exploration of the lead mine and is worth the little detour.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North East

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Ancient Monument, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Mountains, Public Transport, River, Waterfall, Wildlife

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