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Mardale Head horseshoe
Introduction to Walk 1462

Photo from the walk - Mardale Head horseshoe

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Far Eastern Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Peter Smyly

Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km

Ascent - 2550 feet / 773 metres

Time - 5 hours 10 minutes

Grade - moderate

This Lakeland walk offers a horseshoe route around the head of Mardale including a number of the summits including Kidsty Pike, High Street, Mardale Ill Bell and Harter Fell. There are options for extending the route to include more tops. Wainwrights included in this walk are - Harter Fell, High Street, Kidsty Pike, Mardale Ill Bell. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description). A route profile is also provided.


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Walks from the same start

Walk 1109
Harter Fell & Nan Bield Pass from Mardale Head
Grade - moderate
Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km
Walk 1269
High Street & Kidsty Pike from Mardale Head
Grade - moderate
Length - 7.5 miles / 12.2 km

Other walks nearby

Walk 1152
1.0 miles / 1.6 km away
The Corpse Road and Selside Pike from Mardale
Grade - moderate
Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km
Walk 3033
3.3 miles / 5.2 km away
Tarn Crag & Harrop Pike from Sadgill, Longsleddale
Grade - moderate
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
Walk 1147
3.3 miles / 5.3 km away
Longsleddale and Kentmere Pike from Sadgill
Grade - moderate
Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km
Walk 1228
3.9 miles / 6.2 km away
Thornthwaite Beacon & High Street from Hartsop
Grade - moderate
Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Walk 1959
3.9 miles / 6.2 km away
Gray Crag and Pasture Beck from Hartsop village
Grade - moderate
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
Walk 2585
3.9 miles / 6.2 km away
Hartsop Dodd, Stony Cove Pike, High St. & The Knott
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km
Walk 3309
4.0 miles / 6.3 km away
Hartsop, Hartsop Dodd, Stony Cove Pike & Kirkstone Pass
Grade - moderate
Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km
Walk 1320
4.2 miles / 6.8 km away
A shorter Kentmere Horseshoe
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 10.5 miles / 17.1 km
Walk 2652
4.2 miles / 6.8 km away
Photographer's Kentmere Horseshoe
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 13.5 miles / 21.9 km
Walk 1110
4.5 miles / 7.1 km away
The Angletarn Pikes from Hartsop
Grade - moderate
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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