Red Screes, Kirkstone Pass

Today’s walk was short and steep, up to the top of Red Screes, at the top of the Kirkstone Pass above Ambleside.  1.5 miles in total. Splendid views spanning as far as Windermere, Coniston, Morecambe Bay, Brotherswater and Ulswater.  It’s a short, sharp climb and is fantastic for adventurous kids who like to scramble and climb over rocks.  And… not only is it an official Wainwright fell, but it’s super simple to navigate too!

Park in the car park at the top of the Kirkstone Pass, just opposite the Inn (post code LA22 9LQ).  Leave via the footpath at the back of the car park.  Look up and just keep following the one same path all the way to the top!  It’s an out and back, so return down the way you came.

The pub is lovely, and we’ve spent many a time in there, but at the time of writing (Mar 21st, 2020), Coronavirus means the pub isn’t open for sitting in, but, they are open for take away’s.

The going is at times steep and rocky, but our 6 and 8 year olds managed with ease.  And to be fair, these bits were their absolute favourites!  But please careful as there are loose rocks in places and a few sections just over half way that have some steep drop offs.  Generally it is super fun for those aged 4/5 or up.  We carried our 18 month old in the sling, but I would only advise this to experienced walkers / sling carriers.

There’s a trig point at the top with stunning views all over South Lakeland.  We took our shelter as it was super windy today and there was even large patches of snow, which the kids thought were brilliant!  Who doesn’t love snow!?

All in all it took us 3 hours, which was approx 1.5 hours up, half an hour at the top eating our sandwiches and 1 hour down.  And it was brilliant!!

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