Day 4 and a strenuous day although the distance is a mere 10 miles (16km) and the height gain is moderate, too.
Rosthwaite (100m) to Grasmere (75m)
Distance 10 miles/16km – Strenuous - Height Gain 530m/1740ft - 6 hours
Starting at the 28 mile mark:
Start at 9:00am from Rosthwaite. We should arrive in Grasmere around 3pm.
We take the track alongside Stonethwaite Beck then a rocky path
climbing steadily alongside Greenup Gill. We walk steeply up the steps
and rocks (a bit tricky but not technical) to the left side of Lining
Crag (500m) and admire the views to the north and east. Continue to
Greenup Edge, today’s high point at 620m, and then descend the rocky
path to the head of Far Easedale. The guide then considers several
factors and decides to either follow the ridge walk across Calf Crag,
Gibson Knott and Helm Crag before descending steeply into Grasmere or
take the less arduous route down Far Easedale.
Strenuous ... doesn't sound good after the last two days.
In good weather this part of the walk is a Lakeland classic. Let's hope that the weather is fine.
first bit is a straightforward climb up past Lining Crag to Greenup
Edge.The path tracks besides Stonethwaite Beck which is a continuous
torrent of white water with occasional waterfalls after rain.
At the top of Lining Crag, weather permitting, it is possible to see Scafell Pike, England's highest summit at 978m.
Wordsworth called the valley in which Grasmere sits "the fairest place
on earth". Heady words. It will be interesting to see why he thought so
highly of this valley. Grasmere is the home to Dove Cottage where
Wordsworth lived for about 10 years. It is open to the public daily from
9:30am to 5pm.
There are many little shops, cafes and a few pubs serving evening meals in Grasmere.