Most people who visit The Old Dungeon Ghyll come for the amazing scenery and walks amongst some of The Lake District's most wonderful mountains. We are centre to the National Park and offer starts to the best days out anywhere in the country. The routes set out here are only to be used as an informal guide. Weather, time and fitness can all have a factor on your day so plan according to your ability and experience. Times are also set as a very rough guide, you should know your own limitations.
Please feel free to download any of the GPX files here to get started on planning your journey.
The Cumbria Way
Lakelands very own long distance walk passes by The ODG. We set this hike out over 5 days as a guide.
Usually starting at Ulverston and Ending in Carlisle, The Cumbria Way takes in everything from the South Lakes Moorlands, stunning valleys, mountain passes and the isolated terrain of North Lakes.
The Crinkles (5 hrs)
A classic Wainwright Walk. This hike is loved by many and takes in breathtaking views of Eskdale, Oxendale and the surrounding fells. For the more adventurous this can be part of the wider Langdale Horseshoe. Take in "Bad Step" if you feel confident.
Scafell Pike (8 Hrs)
We all know Englands highest. Many people arrive in Great Langdale with the plan to ascend Scafell Pike. Far be it from us to be the party pooper, but this walk is not to be taken lightly or underestimated. Plan an entire day and start early. Our route should be used as a guide only, you will need to be able to read a map and use a compass. Too many times we've had visitors who should have been in Wasdale (usually following other walkers) and some of our guests end up at the Wasdale Head Inn in the wrong car park. The GPX file is one way only, reverse the route to return to The ODG.
Fat Mans Agony and Lingmoor (4 hrs)
Yes, thats what its called. Be warned the path to Fat Mans Agony is narrow with a steep drop on one side. This walk takes you to the summit of Side Pike, on to Lingmoor via FMA and back along the valley from Chapel Stile.
Bowfell (5 hrs)
The 6th highest Wainwright, Bowfell commands the head of the valley. Bowfell Buttress is a climbing mecca and the route to the head wall, climbers traverse, equally as exhilarating. Here you'll also find The Great Slab. There are many routes up and around Bowfell, but we've planned our route as a guide on the more accessible paths. The head of the valley, both Oxendale and Mickleden are full of surprises, study your map to find the hidden gems.
Stickle Tarn (2 Hrs)
So many familys wander up Stickle Ghyll every year, it would be hard not to include it in our suggested walks. This well made path has everything from waterfalls, stepping stones, scrambles up the rocks and if you're a fan, places to have a dip. The walk up is a continuous ascent to the top but is well worth the view at the top. Across the waters of Stickle Tarn stands Pavey Arc and Harrison Stickle. We'll leave you to plan your walk further from here. Steeper ascents, graded scrambles and rock climbs are all in the offering.
Our route takes the obvious path to the dam wall. There are various routes to the top, check your map and plan your route.