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Dunmail Raise (pass)


Dunmail Raise offers the only realistic gap in the fells for traffic to travel from the northern half of the Lake District to the southern half. For centuries people have taken advantage of this low point in the fells, not least among them the 19th century ladies and gentlemen who undertook their 'tours of the English Lakes', more often than not following one of the guide books of the time. Several of the books I have from this time tell us that the passengers may need to get out of the coach and walk up the steepest section of the pass. During this period it was often referred to as The Mail Road. Once over the raise and into Wythburn, the travellers would stop at the Nag's Head; to rest the horses and to calm their nerves after crossing Dunmail Raise.

The name Dunmail comes from King Dunmail, the last king of Cumberland. in the year 945 he was defeated by King Edmund of England at the top of the pass. The huge pike of stones between the carriageways of our modern road are said to be King Dunmail's burial place.





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12th May 2012
  Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 13 - Grisedale Hause, Dunmail Raise and Deepdale Hause 20.7 mile 4800 ft
Patterdale - Grisedale - Grisedale Tarn - Tongue Gill - Grasmere - under Helm - Dunmail Raise - Wythburn Church - top of Dunmail Raise - Grisdale Tarn - Deepdale Hause - Deepdale - Deepdale Bridge - Rooking - Patterdale

9th July 2011
  Dunmail Raise to Alcock Tarn 8.5 mile 3400 ft
Dunmail Raise - Seat Sandal - Grisdale Tarn - Grisdale Hause - Fairfield - Great Rigg - Heron Pike - Alcock Tarn - Greenhead Gill - A591 to the top of Dunmail Raise

3rd May 2010
  Seat Sandal, Alcock Tarn and Grasmere from Dunmail Raise 9.5 mile 3500 ft
Dunmail Raise - Seat Sandal - Little Tongue - Mill Bridge - Greenhead Gill - Alcock Tarn - How Top - Grasmere - Easedale Road - Underhelm - Helmside - Cotra - Dunmail Raise

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