Claife Heights Circular Walk

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7.1 km
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234 m
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The Claife Heights Circular Walk is a moderate-length trail in the Lake District that is well suited for casual and seasoned walkers alike. The trail traverses scenic stretches of woodland and exposed terrain that produce wonderful views overlooking the scenic waters of Windermere. Although the route isn’t overly difficult, it becomes considerably harder in the rain. Be sure to plan ahead with a rain jacket and some proper water-resistant walking boots.

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Route Description for Claife Heights Circular Walk

Walking the Claife Heights Circular is a popular activity in the Lake District, as it features relatively easy to manage terrain and beautiful views of Windermere and nearby fells. As mentioned above, plan ahead when setting out on this walk and be sure to bring water-resistant boots and clothing to fight off the rain. The trail sets out from the village of Far Sawrey and climbs uphill to the northeast to traverse the woodland terrain along the slopes of Scale Ivy and High Blind How. In the intermittent breaks in the tree cover, you will enjoy beautiful views of the waters of Windermere in the valley below. Continue along the trail as it loops around Scale Head and turns to the south to pass by Wise Een Tarn, The Scale Tarn, and Moss Eccles Tarn on the return leg back to the starting point of the walk.

Getting to the Claife Heights Circular Walk Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Claife Heights Circular Walk from the village of Hawkshead, head east on B5285 for 4.7 km and you will find the trailhead on the left.

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    Yes - On Leash

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    Older Children only

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