5 - 6
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One of the most beautiful valleys in the Lakes, a stone throw from Ambleside, and yet almost totally un-trodden, with no paths to follow for much of the walk.
A swim on route adds an extra bonus.
Follow paths from Ambleside to Buckstone Jum and an excellent swim, then follow Rydal Beck on diminishing paths and total remoteness to the head of the valley.
Take your pick of summits to head for and blast uphill to re-join main paths on the summits.
Head over St Sunday for excellent views and rolling descents.
To return to Ambleside, follow the road back to Brotherswater and head up and over Dove Crag, and head over the ridge passing High and Low Pike.