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Walking and Scrambling - Sourmilk Gill and Belles Knott
This is one of the best scrambling days I've ever done - it quite simply did not last long enough! Starting at Grasmere, and taking the path towards Stickle Tarn - a really dramatic mountain lake, popular with paragliders - very fun to watch. This is also a great place to stop for lunch before starting the scrambles. From here, the path gets a bit more rugged and remote - obviously, if you're going scambling you'll be properly kitted up - however, if just going for a walk, this part of the path can be really wet, muddy and boggy in sections - decent walking boots are a must. Sourmill Gill is a waterfall scramble - the rock is pretty wet, slimy and mossy, it's necessary to duck under and navigate around trees - being tucked into the body of the waterfall makes the whole experience really magical. Just above Sourmill, is Belles Knott - the rock is really nice and the scrambling relatively straightforward - there is a route that doesn't require any ropes and would be prefect for a first-time scramble. The descent is pretty long back to Grasmere - probably a couple of hours - bring plenty to snack on!
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