The Mosedale Horseshoe

Route Summary:

A popular circuit around the Mosedale valley including some scrambling on Yewbarrow

18.9 km 1783 m 7-8 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Start and Finish: Wastwater - Wasdale


Pub and Toilets, catering van.

Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.


Some scramly and steep sections

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Public Transport: Traveline for UK Public Transport
Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav (where applicable): CA20 1EX

Paid for parking available

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The Mosedale Horseshoe Route Map and GPX Download


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The Mosedale Horseshoe Details

The Mosedale Horeseshoe is a classic Lakeland walk from Wasdale. Taking in 8 summits in one route, including 5 Wainwrights (Kirk Fell, Pillar, Scoat Fell, Red Pike and Yewbarrow), this is a tough day out in the hills.

The route starts off with a steep pull up to Kirk Fell before a decent to Black Sail Pass. It’s then back up to peak out on Pillar.  The return leg of the horseshoe route continues over Scoat Fell and Red Pike, leaving a scramble over Yewbarrow and a descent to Wastwater to finish.

The Mosedale Horseshoe Route Description

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