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.


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

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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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