5 - 6
FATMAP difficulty grade
Country roads lead you out of Keswick to the pre-historic Castlerigg Stone Circle, and beyond into quiet farmland in St John's in the Vale.
From here a steep climb up Sticks Path takes you to the route's highest point on the flank of Stybarrow Dodd, before a long descent into Glenridding and Ullswater below.
A final climb and welcome bench provide a great view point over Ullswater, before a glimpse along Grisdale and the route to the tarn. equipment Boots, waterproofs and extra layers are essential when walking the higher, more exposed sections.
Walking poles may be preferred when descending on loose rock into Glenridding.