Coast to Coast Walk: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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5.5-8h
Distance
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22.7 km
Elevation
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589 m
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Coast to Coast Walk: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite

The Coast to Coast Walk: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite is a small segment of a much longer journey that will take you across northern England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. While on this portion of the walk, you will pass through some of the Lake District’s most scenic terrain that includes the shores of Ennerdale Water and the rugged mountains near Honister Pass. This is a point-to-point trail, so if you are not intending to walk across the entire country, you best make arrangements for a pick up at the end of the trail.

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Route Description for Coast to Coast Walk: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite

Although the Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite segment of the Coast to Coast Walk is nowhere near the length of the full route, it is still a lengthy journey that you will need to plan ahead for. The trail traverses some rugged terrain that will provide some terrific views, but will also see you gain a considerable amount of elevation. Be sure to pack any necessary gear and supplies that you will need for the walk, including plenty of water, snacks, and sturdy boots capable of handling the undulating terrain of the Lake District. Additionally, walkers that aren’t out to complete the entire Coast to Coast Walk will need to arrange a pick up at the end of the trail in Rosthwaite.

Setting out from the trailhead in Ennerdale Bridge, follow the route to the southeast that will take you away from the village toward the edge of Ennerdale Water. Enjoy the scenic views across the lake, as you continue to the southeast and follow closely along the banks of the River Liza while walking under the shadow of a number of fells that include Great Borne, Starling Dodd, Red Pike, High Stile, and High Crag. From here, the trail will turn to the northeast and climb uphill to traverse the rugged landscape surrounding Honister Pass, with the iconic Fleetwith Pike looming overhead to the northwest. After passing by the Honister Slate Mine, you will continue to the east and pass through the villages of Seatoller and Longthwaite, traversing the valley floor on the way to the end of the trail in Rosthwaite. Here, you will find several establishments to buy some refreshments, before continuing along the Coast to Coast Walk or making your way home.

Getting to the Coast to Coast Walk: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite Trailhead

To reach the Coast to Coast Walk: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite trailhead from the village of Kirkland, head south on Kirkland Road for 1.0 km and keep straight at the junction, continuing on for another 1.3 km to arrive at the trailhead.

Route Information

  • When to do

    March-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Chapel House Farm Campsite

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    One Way

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