1-day Guided Mountain Hikes Pillar via the High Level Route, Lake District
With Mark Reid author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader
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
OUTLINE OF THE DAY
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: Head to a local pub to recount the day’s adventures!
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark Reid has walked over 21,000 miles of footpaths over the past 23 years, and has taken over 11,500 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
EXPERIENCE, FITNESS & INFORMATION
- Some experience of hill walking is preferable as this is a full day’s mountain walk, although full training and guidance will be given.
- A good level of fitness is required as the walks will be demanding and will include steep and mountainous terrain.
- All walks will include uneven ground, rough and mountainous terrain, stream crossings, steep ground and mountain summits; we may experience adverse weather conditions.
- The walk will include a prolonged section of exposed path along the High Level Route; some sections of path are quite narrow with steep drops to the side. There are some sections of easy scrambling (hands on rock) from Pillar Rock up to the summit of Pillar and down from the summit of Yewbarrow. Good agility, balance, co-ordination and head for heights are required.
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 11,000 people out walking, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk. of accident and/or injury By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our walks are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the walk by their parent/legal guardian.
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