Great little route around the Borrowdale valley, around 18 miles with 800m elevation. Parked in Portinscale and ran through Keswick to pick up the trail to Walla Crag.
Quite a lot of snow on the crag and some stunning views across Derwentwater.
From here it is a great runnable trail down to Ashness Bridge where you pick up the road and then the footpath signed Watendlath. This is an absolutely stunning section on footpaths that follow the river, nice and flat.
From Watendleth head up onto the low fells signed for Rosthwaite, a winding track takes you to Stonethwaite. At this point you cross a bridge and follow the road round until you meet a junction where you carry straight on. This marks the halfway point of the route. paths over fields then take you past Grange and several campsites. Very sheltered here, no snow, in fact it was like Summer!
Eventually you pick up the lakeside path that will takes you past Hawesend Outdoor Centre and along a footpath to Nichol End Marina. A short road section will take you back to Portinscale.
I ran in Salomon Speedcross 3, really grippy and no problems on snow. I love these shoes. I also trialled my new Salomon S Lab waist pack. I haven’t made my mind up about this one and I’m going to post a full review about its pros/cons.
I have the Grizedale Trail 26 coming up next week so will be taking it easy now. This was a great event last year and I’m looking forward to doing it again.