Outdoor Adventures

1-day Guided Mountain Hikes Pillar via the High Level Route, Lake District

With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader

NB: we are currently unable to provide any outdoor clothing or kit.

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Tackle one of the best mountain walks in the Lake District, following the famous High Level Route & Shamrock Traverse high above Ennerdale before scrambling directly above Pillar Rock to the summit of Pillar (892m) – with an experienced Mountain Leader.

Our walks start at Wasdale Head and follows the classic Mosedale Horseshoe via Black Sail Pass, the High Level Route, Robinson’s Cairn, Shamrock Traverse, Pillar (892m), Scoat Fell, Red Pike (826m), Dore Head and Yewbarrow. It is physically demanding walk covering 10 miles (16.5-km) with 1,500m of ascent, which requires a good level of fitness.

Experience the thrill of the mountains, with spectacular views, dramatic landscapes and a real sense of achievement as you walk along exciting paths, scramble up across rocks, reach amazing summits and stride out across high-level broad ridges that encircle the valley of Mosedale in the Western Lake District.

The High Level Route follows a narrow path that contours across the mountainside high above Ennerdale in and out of small gullies and combes to reach the viewpoint of Robinson’s Cairn, with the magnificent Pillar Rock dominating the scene. From here, our route continues across the Shamrock Traverse, a slanting rock path, to reach Pillar Rock, where you are surrounded by dramatic mountains, crags and cliffs; an amazing place to be. Some easy scrambling then follows directly up to the summit of Pillar. The remainder of the walk is along airy broad ridges and fells (Scoat Fell, Red Pike, Yewbarrow), with some scrambling down from the summit of Yewbarrow.

  • Experience the thrill of the mountains
  • Walk in confidence with a Mountain Leader
  • Learn new mountain skills along the way
  • Small group sizes (max. 8 per walk)
  • Enjoy a full day’s walking along a classic mountain route

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9am: Meet at Wasdale Head to discuss the day ahead
9:30am – 5pm: Full day’s mountain hike around the Mosedale Horseshoe, including the High Level Route to the summit of Pillar (approx. 10 miles)
5pm: Debrief back at Wasdale Head, then head home.

NB: All timings are approximate

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This includes:

Please provide a packed lunch and your own walking boots. Mark will provide all other necessary mountaineering equipment. The walks do NOT include climbing or the planned use of ropes.