This circular route takes you up Red Screes fell in the Lake District National Park. The walk begins in the popular town of Ambleside and ascends to Scandale Fell and Scandale Pass along the Scandale Beck. From Scandale Pass you turn east to the summit of Red Screes. Here you will find cairns, a circular stone shelter and the pretty Red Screes tarn. There are magnificent views of the coast, Helvellyn, Dove Crag, Fairfield and over Deepdale Hause. To the west you can see the Coniston, Bowfell and Scafell fells. You descend passing Raven Crag to Snarker Moss where the ground can be quite boggy. You continue to Snarker Pike before reaching the Kirkstone Road which will take you back into Ambleside.
For a shorter route to the summit you could park at the Kirkstone Pass car park just to the east of the mountain. From here you can pick up a rocky path heading up the Kilnshaw Chimney. It's a shorter route with a series of stone steps and a couple of tricky scrambles but the views of the Kirkstone Pass below are wonderful. If you're coming by public transport then a seasonal bus route will drop you at the Kirkstone Pass Inn opposite the car park and the signed footpath.
Red Screes Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Red Screes Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Red Screes OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Red Screes Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Red Screes Pubs/Cafes
Back in Ambleside reward yourself with some refreshments at the Unicorn Inn. This quintessential traditional Lakeland public house is the oldest pub in Ambleside, dating back to the 18th century. They do good home cooked food and have a fine selection of ales. You can find the pub in the town at postcode LA22 9DT for your sat navs. It's also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Kirkstone Pass Walk climbs to the summit from the nearby Kirkstone Pass Inn. It's a popular way of reaching the summit with just a short climb from the remote inn.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lake District Walks page.