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Map: The Lakes Walk

Introduction

Tony treads in the footsteps of historical giants during this four day walk across the Lake District.

A paradise destination for walkers, we unearth a surprising imprint left by the Romans on this wild, northern-most frontier of their empire. Crossing the Lakes, he discovers the story of how – almost 2000 years ago – the Romans conquered the different British tribes of the North West. Remaining for over 400 years they left an indelible mark on this breathtaking landscape.

Day 1

High Street Roman Road
We begin this 46 mile trek at Penrith – the gateway to the Lakes – passing an intriguing mix of Roman and ancient remains on our hunt to explain just how the Romans managed to conquer this inhospitable landscape.
  • Penrith to Howtown via Brougham Castle and High Street Roman Road

Distance: 14 miles


Day 2

View from Hartsop Hall Mine
We begin with a leisurely ferry trip across Ullswater Lake before exploring the mineral wealth that may explain why the Romans were willing to invest so much in this rugged terrain.
  • Howtown to Ambleside via Glenridding, Hartsop Hall Mine and Ambleside Fort.

Distance: 16.5 miles


Day 3

Wrynrose Pass
We puff our way west through woodland and a spectacular Roman police station as we investigate how they interacted with the local population.
  • Ambleside to Boot via Colwith Force, Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Fort.

Distance 15 miles


Day 4

Muncaster Castle
On the final day we take ‘The Ratty’ towards Muncaster, engage in a little foraging, and end up at an incredible surviving monument, at Ravenglass on the west coast, as we reflect on the enduring legacy of Romano-Britain.
  • Boot to Ravenglass, via Irton Road, Muncaster Castle and Ravenglass Roman Bath House.

Distance 8 miles


The Map

OS Explorer Maps OL5, OL6, OL7 (1:25k) or OS Landranger 90, 89, 96 (1:50k)

All distances are approximate so allow plenty of time

DOWNLOAD: Rome in the Lakes walking guide (PDF 883kb)

The download includes full day by day walking instructions with accompanying history guide