Lake District – Red Screes


Tarn at the Summit of Red Screes

Route Information

Distance: 1.5 miles

Time: 2 hours

Grade: Medium

This walk up to Red Screes was arranged a bit last minute, due to a “no rain” window.  A simple up – down.  My human’s parked up at the Kirkstone Pass car park in the Lake District, opposite The Kirkstone Pass Inn.  This old coaching inn is the third highest public house in England.

Heading towards the North end of the car park, we went through the gate (I went under it) and followed the path upwards!

View across to Windemere

View across to Windemere

The route looks quite daunting from the bottom, but actually it is quite straight forward to follow. It is a “steppy” route and my human’s had to take a break now and then, as it was quite steep in places. In the words of my human “Just need a moment to catch my breath!”


Hurry up!

Hurry up!

Eventually the route eases with grassy slopes up to the summit cairn of Red Screes. I got my human’s to do the obligatory touch the cairn and take photos of me at the summit to prove it.

Red Screes summit cairn

Red Screes summit cairn

This is one of my favourite summits so far, the views were just pawsome and had the bonus of a tarn to paddle in. We had a paws for a drink, followed by a scamper and a sniff around the summit. We bumped into a very nice man, who told us that he had climbed all 214 Wainwright’s with his wife and explained which Mountains’ were currently around us. We had a view of the Coniston fells, Helvellyn and the Scafells to name a few. I was just thinking I have another 210 Wainwright’s to bag.

Tarn on top of Red Screes

Tarn on top of Red Screes

We made our descent back down the route we came up and headed to The Kirkstone Pass Inn for a much needed drink, before returning to our holiday cottage.

Useful resources:

The Kirkstone Pass Inn

*Waggy tail*

Ruby Dog x




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