Wild Eskdale and Sampson’s Stones

For the wild at heart


Wild Eskdale and Sampson’s Stones
6.8 miles
370m ascent
Rough and at times, indistinct paths
3hrs 40mins

Wild Eskdale and Sampson’s Stones

South Western Area OS Map OL6. Start grid ref: 213011

Just getting here is a bit of an adventure as you drive around the tricky bends of Hardknott Pass. There is parking available at the bottom of the Pass just before the phone box. The walk crosses the footbridge to Taw House, before traversing above the River Esk towards the cascading waterfalls of the Esk Gorge.

The bracken-laden slopes open out on to a boggy plain where the boulders of Sampson’s Stones lie below Cam Spout Crag. This is an extraordinary place of wild beauty, but perhaps the most extraordinary thing is the small tree that appears to be growing out of the rock – an unexpected sign of life where usually there would be none.

On the return journey you need to wade the river where you can squelch down the aptly named Great Moss. The pools beneath Lingcove Bridge are enticing spots for a paddle on a nice day, before following the path back to where your car is parked.

This walk can be extended to include Scafell or Scafell Pike for a truly memorable hike.

Do you ever feel like things are immovable like the boulder? Maybe it’s a habit that’s difficult to break, or a personality trait you wish you could change for the better.
If you do, take encouragement from the life that’s springing from the rock – life can flourish in areas of our lives we might think are too hard to change.
Have a look around and see what other unexpected things you can find in nature and as you do so, why not invite God to bring new growth into your life?