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A struggle that's worth it

Posted 13 April 2012
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A struggle that's worth it
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The Struggle is the appropriate name given to the long uphill stretch in the Lake District from Ambleside to the Kirkstone Inn, with a steep road offering a simple task on four wheels but a long slog by foot.

However, there are many scenic rewards involved and on April 22nd, national park rangers will be organising a trek that starts with the waterfalls of Stock Ghyll Force and ends with a climb to the 2,546 ft summit of Red Screes.

Starting at the Hub Tourist Information Centre in Ambleside at 10:00 BST, the whole walk covers 7.1 miles and takes seven hours, with the national park authority noting that "appropriate footwear" will be needed, so walking boots will be very useful.

The views from Red Screes are outstanding but if these are blighted by wet weather, Stock Ghyll may put on a more impressive show, with its falls capable of being transformed into a roaring white torrent after rain.

Walkers climbing Red Screes can cross the Kirkstone Pass and add a second mountain in the form of Stony Cove Pike, with the bonus of being able to stop for food and a drink at the Kirkstone Pass Inn.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801339797-ADNFCR