Western Lakes – High Adventure Part One

Last week we sent our newest member of the PR team Catherine Taylor (PR Assistant) and Charlie Wearden (Photography Assistant) on the High Adventure tour with Mountain Goat.

We wanted the girls to experience what the Western Lakes has to offer, so over the next couple of weeks they will be sharing their thoughts about the area. So now over to Catherine to describe the Western Lakes and the Mountain Goat Tour ….

When I was told that I was going to do the High Adventure tour, I straight away started looking forward to stepping away from the busy Lake District towns and embarking on an adventure to the picturesque, remote Western Lakes.

Known as Britain’s ‘most outrageous roads’, Wrynose and Hardknott Passes provide spectacular views of the Eskdale Valley and a chance to see famous Lake District Herdwick sheep at home on the mountains. The 33% gradient pass at Hardknott links Eskdale to the Duddon Valley, West of the county.

Used by roman soldiers, Hardknott Pass hosts the remains of the loneliest fort of the Roman Empire, Mediobocdum. And with views right down the valley and out to the Irish Sea it is evident why Roman Emperor Hadrian situated the fort 600ft high on the pass.

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The narrow, snaking roads one of the steepest and most treacherous mountain tracks in the country make it hard to imagine how, in the second century, a military encampment was constructed and supplied. Still difficult to pass in car, both Wrynose and Hardknott Pass attract driving enthusiasts who challenge the single track.

The Western Lakes is also home to some of the Lake District’s most famous accolades. Wasdale boasts England’s deepest lake; Wastwater, England’s tallest mountain; Scafell Pike as well as England’s smallest church; Church of St Olaf at Wasdale Head.

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Wastwater, once named ‘Britain’s Favourite View’ is the deepest lake in the country at 258ft and towered over by Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Lingmell and the steep slopes on the south eastern side of the lake known as ‘The Screes’.

To make sure you see all that Western Lakes has to offer, Mountain Goat run daily tours. The High Adventure Tour showcases Hardknott and Wrynose Mountain passes, the Langdales, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Wastwater, and Muncaster Castle and Gardens on an all-day bus tour.

Look out for the next part of the tour soon …


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