Distance: 9.5 miles

I really enjoyed this enchanting, almost hidden, little corner of England and was not eager to leave, but more adventures were on the horizon. We bid farewell to Stonethwaite and were on our way.

Leaving Stonethwaite

The trail took us to the end of the dale where we began a gradual ascent, giving us an overview of the trail, revealing the Borrowdale valley behind us as it lay basking in the sun.


On the rocky, high hills, we saw many Herdwick sheep that are native to the Lake District. They tend to be quite healthy, live solely off of the land and do not stray, all of which make them very desirable in this area.

Herdwich sheep

Our path closely followed along Stonethwaite Beck (stream).

Stonethwaite Beck

Soon we were scrambling over rocks as we tackled the summit known as Lining Crag.

Climbing Lining Crag, up from the valley below

At the top we took a celebratory pose!

Atop Lining Crag

As we reached Greenup Edge we had a view of the rooftop of the Lake District. We chose to descend to Grasmere on the ridge route over Helm Crag.

Ridge route to Helm Crag (Grasmere in the far right corner)

We could not resist clambering up to the top of Helm Crag for a photo op.

Atop of The Lion and the Lamb on Helm Crag

After enjoying this mountaintop experience and taking in the surrounding beauty, we headed down toward Grasmere. The view of Grasmere was as though we were soaring with the birds!

Descending to Grasmere

The final descent was predominately composed of scattered stones, as it winded down to picturesque Grasmere.

Final descent to Grasmere

Our B&B, The Red Lion Hotel was located in the center of the village. It was quite comfortable and had the added benefit of a hot tub and sauna!

The Red Lion Hotel

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