Distance: 7miles 11k
When you reach it turn right. This narrow road soon takes you out of the village climbing quite steeply. Keep on it for half a mile
and then turn left onto a footpath indicated by a signpost.
After passing through a pair of metal gates the path climbs the side of the fell between walls.
As it reaches the ridge it swings northwards and maintains this direction for the rest of the climb to the summit.
It is a long climb
with intermediary summits giving the impression you have arrived until you reach them when the next promising height will appear on the skyline.
At length - 2 miles of steady toil from the road - a cairn will come into view
and then soon after the trig point - a fine column made of stone.
Needless to say that the long climb is rewarded with an outstanding view - especially towards Brothers Water and Patterdale.
The aiming point - the Kirkstone Pass Inn - is obvious too.
And it soon becomes very obvious that this descent is not easy and demands a high degree of care. Having said all this it is not beyond capabilities of the experienced fellwalker - it is just that this path is a lot easier going up than going down. Once down cross the car park to reach the road in front of the inn and soon after joining it turn right down "The Struggle" - the Kirkstone Road
which you left 2 or 3 hours earlier. You'll quickly discover why this part of the highway system is called "The Struggle". The incline is 20% and here for motor vehicles at least it is a lot harder driving up it than down. After ¼ mile the slope begins to level out. At this point turn left onto a footpath indicating Ambleside is 2 ¾ miles distant.
An easier 2 ¾ miles will be hard to find. This path is a joy to follow. Initially it is a broad grassy track
as it sweeps down to High Grove - a ruin of a farm
and continues in the same vein until it reaches Middle Grove now holiday cottages.
After passing Low Grove keep on the lane all the way down to Ambleside. As you reach the edge of a wood on the right you have the choice as to explore it and view an attractive waterfall - Stockghyll Force.
Either way it will not take long to get into bustling Ambleside.