Anyone have any suggestions for a 3 day Wild camp trip in the Lakes in November, would like to take in as many Munroes and stay high as possible. I would need some where tro stash the car for the duration.
Ummmm. You might just find munroes easier to find in Scotland (that being part of the definition.).
If you mean 3k hills in the Lakes then there aren't many and that could fix your route to a fair degree. (depending on how many seperate tops you count as 'different'.).
Lakes folk tend to just count anything high as fair game. Very sensible too.
Really I'd just take a map, pick an interesting area and wander round it/over a bunch of fells without reference to height. There are a lot of choices! Very dependent on how far you walk each day, attraction to paths etc etc.
I might be able to squeeze another day, I will check out that route
I would absolutley adore to go to Scotland (have been there 4 times this last year) but if I drive I can get 4 days on the hill if I drive but only 2 if I fly (I am based in Belgium)
I will be in Cardiff next week and will pick up the Harverys Maps for the lakes (is there such a thing) and have a look see.
I hear you, I suppose I should of just asked the question does anyone know anywhere decent to stash the car
Good man Derek,
I checked out the Bob Graham round, have you done it.
About 25 miles a day in November to do the Bob Graham Round in 3 days. Up to you. I'd prefer to enjoy my trip and do something a bit slower and shorter. I did a 10 day trip round the Lakes once and if you ever get the time I heartily recommend doing that. It was the Lakeland Round. As far as camping and stashing cars goes its easy. Camp anywhere above the last walls on thee fells (intake wall) and you won't have a problem. Anywhere with a tarn and dryish ground that is flattish will do. Walk then near the end of the day keep an eye out for somewhere to pitch. You'll spot one.
Parking is easy too. There are a lot of free places to park in the Lakes. My advice is to try to get to them as early as possible Especially weekends as they can fill up. Of course in November not as much of a problem as its quieter but some can still become full. My favourite is near Elterewater. The road into Langdales near Elterwater has a free carpark. Where you turn left into Elterwater village you turn right instead and head up the hill slightly. There is a flat car park off the road about 35m up there. I have left a car there many a night. Further on there is a spot on the road you can park. Also at the end on the hill over to Little Langdale and Wrynose pass there are also places to park. Then there are many other laybys around the place. Miller Bridge near Ambleside also has places but I've never left my car overnight there.
If you leave your car for any time do please hide things in your boot out of sight. It might be countryside but there are lots of Geordies and Scousers who visit the area!!
Last comment was with tongue firmly in cheek as family and some friends have scouse (family) and Geordie (friend) blood in them.
The best thing to do is to go to any area and just walk into the hills. Can't fail, really can't.
Get the BMC map. It is made by Harveys to BMC requirements in a 1:40000 scale. A larger scale than the superwalker or the OS maps (both good) so it has a larger area on it. Basically it is one map that has most of the Lakes on it, certainly the higher and arguably more interesting bits. It is also plastic so is very durable and waterproof unlike all other maps which rely on laminating between plastic or like the harveys maps which aren't waterproof at all IMHO.
Hi Time to go,
Cheers for the very indepth reply, I would be aiming to make it to the Lakes on Thursday morning and heading back to Brussels 3 on Sunday so I could problay fit the Bob Graham Round in alright but I would be wrecked for driving home.
I have never been to the Lakes so its big deal for me
Bob Graham round is very hard I believe. Are you camping throughout? If not you can look at Skiddaw House hostel on your way through to Blencathra. An odd place but a warm welcome.
Definately go for the BMC map. It is excellent and almost covers the whole area - just losing a bit at the margins. If not the 2 x 1:50,000 maps cover the whole Lake District and more and will be about the same price.
And now back to the Lakes for Stephen....
And of course Black Sail hostel if it is still open in November. Another good place to visit and a fantastic location.
Stephen - I'll bring my lakes maps with me to the Rhinogs and we can talk options. As a Lancashire Lass I've done most of the Lakes. It all depends what you want out of your walk/wild camp. Is LA coming with you?
Anyway...really must go bed now. yawn. Gone...
November is worth emphasising I suppose - the day light hours really are quite short (8-9 hours it seems depending on when it is) and you might well want to make sure you've got potential bail out options to lowish level walking/camps or even B&B's in case the weather does set in to be persistently nasty.
Both are pretty easy to arrange mind (the B&B's might even not be full in November, I dunno.).
Lakes is full of bail out options. I mean how far do you really have to walk to get down to a road if things really turn bad?! Then pretty muych every valley has campsites, B&Bs and hotels / inns / pubs with rooms. Obviously some of those are pricey. YHAs are somewhat pricey too these days IMHO. Camping barns too are available year round in a few areas. Check out the lakeland camping barns website. I've stayed at the Buttermere one a few times and it is as cheap as the campsite near the Fish Hotel there. They also do calor gas for the heater at £0.50 per night when I was last there. Showers were 20p a time but never used it as only stayed one night at a time.
I would recommend the Buttermere area for one night. You could come down from the big hills such as the Scafells or Bowfell and the Crinkles via Ennerdale and the high stile to red pike ridgeline then drop into Buttermere for a night of dry shelter at the camping barn and perhaps a few libations at the Fish Hotel (better than the Bridge Hotel these days IMHO). Then you could head over to Borrowdale via the Robinson, Hindscarth and Dale Head hills and into Keswick.
I only suggested that because it is November and perhaps wildcamping all nights might not be too nice so one night in a dry place with solid walls and room to stand up and beer too might be worth it. I know on some trips I've done these things were mightily appreciated even if only for one night.
Wherever you go the Lakes is a special area so you won't go too far wrong.
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