Four Passes

Four Passes was originally put on by the warden of Borrowdale Youth Hostel and was run from there for many years. It fell into disuse before Bob took the route on and organised the challenge for the LDWA, but it is no longer on their calendar and we believe it is too good a route not to be used as an event.

It is an absolutely classic 22(ish) miles route taking in four of the Lake Districts most scenic valleys and their adjoining passes. It is a circular route which starts and finishes at Rosthwaite Village Hall in Borrowdale, at the southern end of Derwent Water. The first pass takes you to Sty Head Tarn situated between the Scafell Massif and Great Gable before dropping to the beautiful but always dramatic Wasdale with Cumbria's deepest lake. Onto the second which is Black Sail Pass & the third Scarth Gap, which happens to be the easiest ascent of the day & gives views of Haystacks, Wainwrights resting place to the right. The fourth and final pass is an old miners path and is probably the hardest of the day but you will take in an old miners building on your way to the top of Honisters Pass before returning down to the village hall.

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