Walk the Roman road at the top of the Lake District
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level4 Four
Join us on this excellent one-day challenge, combining incredible mountain views with some ancient history as we walk from Penrith to Windermere following the line of the Roman road over High Street.
With forts spread over northern England, the Romans built their famous straight roads between them, and the quickest way over the Lake District in the east was right over the tops! In fact, this is how the hill High Street got its name, as it’s the highest point of the Roman road at 828m above sea level.
Although the trail goes to this height, there’s not a lot of up and down, since the hills here lead in one long sweeping ridge from High Street down to Penrith, and in the southern direction towards Windermere, the track quickly leaves the hills and heads down at an easy angle back to the valley.
Overall the challenge of walking from Penrith to Windermere along the Roman road is 40 kilometres (25 miles), with 900 metres of ascent. So it’s a big day out but easier than the Yorkshire Three Peaks. In fact, it’s an excellent ‘first challenge’ if you want to push yourself, and see somewhere new!
Dates for High Street Challenge:
- Saturday 1st June
- Saturday 14th September
You’ll meet your leader at Windermere train station at 07:20, and then as a group we’ll catch the train at 07:39 (with one change) to Penrith. Please note that the cost of this train ticket is not included in the cost of the challenge, so you may wish to buy it earlier if there’s a discount.
From Penrith we begin the walk, heading along the river and into the hills through the pretty village of Askham. Soon we’ll be high above the Lake District, admiring views towards Ullswater and Helvellyn, all on easy tracks and paths.
The walk finishes back at Windermere, and we aim for it to take less than 10 hours.
Please click here to find the kit list for this challenge.
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016