Distance 19km (12 miles) Total ascent 1000m Time 7½ hours Start/finish Parking bays just south of Grange, Borrowdale (NY256176)
Nearest town Keswick Terrain Valley and hill paths. This descent off Dale Head should be avoided in whiteout conditions – tricky navigation and possible cornices to left
Map OS Explorer (1:25,000) OL4, OS Landranger (1:50,000) 89 or 90, Harvey Superwalker (1:25,000) Lake District North Accommodation Borrowdale YHA at Rosthwaite, 0345 371 9624, www.yha.org.uk Derwentwater Independent Hostel, 017687 77246, www. derwentwater.org Public transport Borrowdale bus 79 from Keswick only runs Easter to October timetables, 0871 200 22 33, www.traveline.info Guidebook The North Western Fells by Alfred Wainwright
Tourist info Keswick Information Centre, 0845 901 0845, www. lakedistrict.gov.uk
Best pub Langstrath Inn at Stonethwaite – but it closes from Dec 4th until Feb. Scafell Hotel at Rosthwaite is almost as good.