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Lakes and Passes of Borrowdale and Buttermere


42 km / 26 miles
This walk will take you on a journey through some of Lakeland's finest scenery, linking Keswick, Buttermere and Borrowdale Youth Hostels. The hostels at Honister and Derwentwater also offer alternative locations for accommodation.

Route Description and Schematic Maps made available as 'Downloads' by kind permission of Martyn Hanks who designed these routes to encourage walking and use of the 'Youth Hostels' some of which are now sadly closed. However there are other accommodation options where hostels have closed.


Path Type: Anytime Challenges
Attributes: Anytime Challenges
Very Challenging

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Route Description - PDF Lakes and Passes Route Description  (Martyn Hanks  - Aug 2007 ) Download File
Schematic Map - PDF Lakes and Passes Schematic Maps  (Martyn Hanks  - Aug 2007 ) Download File
Booklet Lakes and Passes of Borrowdale and Buttermere  (Martyn Hanks )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 89, 90
OS Landranger Active 89, 90
OS Explorer 4
OS Explorer Active 4

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Route Profile:

41.9 km (26.0 miles)
1,829 m (6,001 ft) ascent
549 m (1,801 ft)  maximum height

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