Classic Lake District Walks – Deepdale Horseshoe

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Post Code for Sat Nav: CA11 0NN (Patterdale Hotel)


There is a Pay and Display car park located opposite the Patterdale Hotel (NY 39597 15921). There is also a large Pay and Display car park in Glenridding which is viable for this walk. Finally, free parking can be found next to the phone box at Bridgend but is severely limited (NY 39924 14386).

Public Transport:

The 208 bus serves Patterdale from Keswick during the summer and early autumn seasons.

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Route Summary:

A high level circuit of Deepdale to the summit of Fairfield.

Distance: 15.6 km

Ascent: 965 m

Time: 6 hours

Start and Finish: Patterdale


White Lion Inn and the Patterdale Hotel.


Some exposure to be aware of on Cofa Pike

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.

Classic Lake District Walks – Deepdale Horseshoe Details

The Lake District summit of Fairfield is lucky enough to have two classic circular routes in the Deepdale Horseshoe and the Farifield Horseshoe. The Deepdale Horseshoe is a bit more rugged than it’s more bucolic southern counterpart, with a couple of sections verging on easy scrambling. This route sets off from Patterdale, heading for the shapely peak of St Sunday Crag before ascending the summit of Fairfield via Deepdale Hause and Cofa Pike – which is slightly exposed if you haven’t a head for heights or are new to the hills.

The summit of Fairfield is a fine vantage point for the Eastern Fells, with views across to Helvellyn and Striding edge and towards Windermere. While it’s the natural stopping pint for lunch, it also provides the opportunity to survey the fells you’ve already crossed and those you’ve got ahead.

The Deepdale Horseshoe continues from Fairfield over the flat summit and steeply down to Link Hause berfore a short sharp climb to attain the final summit of Hart Crag and then down over the ridge of Hartsop above How. This ridge then brings the Deepdale Horseshoe to an end at Deepdale Bridge.

This Deepdale Horseshoe route finishes off along the A592 for a short distance, which is definitely the quickest way to get to one of Patterdale’s watering holes (The White Lion and the Patterdale Hotel, if you’re interested). However, if you still have the energy and the inclination then  you can also follow the footpath on the other side of the valley  in order to avoid the road altogether and walk to Patterdale via Rooking.

Deepdale Horseshoe Route Map

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Image Credits – Dave Chick.

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