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Screes tipped as best lakeside walk

Posted 14 September 2010
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Screes tipped as best lakeside walk
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Those who wish to put on their hiking boots and go walking in the Lake District may find the Wastwater screes to be the best lakeside route, it has been suggested.

Guardian Country Diary writer Tony Greenbank argued that the route - which passes through the curtain of sliding loose stone on the south shore en route between Nether Wasdale and Wasdale Head - is the finest such walk.

He described this as being better than the Glenridding to Howtown walk along the banks of Ullswater, or the circular route round Buttermere that includes a tunnel cut out of the rock.

Visitors to Wasdale can combine low-level walks with a number of medium and high-level treks.

Mountain passes offer access to Eskdale, Borrowdale and Ennerdale, while the valley offers the chance to climb England's two highest mountains, Scafell Pike (3,210 ft) and Scafell (3,164 ft).

Other notable peaks in the vicinity include Great Gable, Kirkfell, Lingmell and Pillar.

Posted by Brandon Egley