Ravenglass, on the Irish Sea, is the western terminus of L’aal Ratty, the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway line. From there the first day’s walk to Nether Wasdale passes Roman remains by the coast, the 13th century (haunted!) Muncaster Castle, and a working water mill, Muncaster Mill.
The route onward to Buttermere includes views across Wastwater to the spectacular 2000ft screes and ahead to peaks which include Great Gable and Scafell Pike – some of the most impressive scenery in the Lake District – before threading its way via the packhorse trail over Black Sail Pass to upper Ennerdale and Scarth Gap to the lake shore at Buttermere.
The next day’s walk passes through the Derwent Fells, emerging into the Newlands Valley, immortalised by Beatrix Potter in The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle, and on via lakeside and woodland paths to the attractive market town of Keswick with its outdoor shops and little lakeside theatre.
Leaving Keswick the route includes the Castlehead viewpoint and passes the atmospheric Castlerigg stone circle before joining the old “coach road” around the lower slopes of the Helvellyn range across to the enchanting Aira Force, close to Ullswater and the hamlet of Dockray.
From Dockray the walk meanders around Gowbarrow Fell, enjoying breathtaking views over Ullswater, via the village of Dacre, to Stainton.
The next leg,to Morland, passes Yanwath Hall with its ancient pele tower, Eamont Bridge (where you could finish your walk), the imposing ruins of Brougham Castle and continues into the Eden District, skirting Whinfell Forest, home of Centre Parks, and continues via Wetheriggs and Clinton to Morland, on a path which begins with panoramic views of the Pennines, Appleby, burial place of Lady Anne Clifford, whose influence on the town still remains, is the final day’s destination.