The Northern Fells

Today was a ‘6 Wainwrights in a day’ kind of day.

Lay and I had another opportunity to flee into the hills thanks to Aunty Clare and Uncle Tony offering to have Megan and William overnight. Plans to overnight camp were put aside as the kit faff didn’t seem worth the effort on this occasion and an early start was going to be possible.

We started our walk from Longlands, which is located on the edge of the Lake District National Park to the east of Over Water. Having got one of the last parking spaces on the road (which is also the route of the Cumbrian Way) we set off on our Wainwright bagging day!

We followed a path that handrailed Longlands Beck before we gently started to gain height as we headed towards the valley of River Ellen and saw the first part of our route open up.

I am pointing to Meal Fell, whilst Lay points out a Great Cockup!!
Approach to River Ellen
The ascent got steeper at Trusmadoor

From here we started the serious business of fell bagging, without any significant breaks as the strong wind and lack of sunshine made it noticeably chilly when not moving.

Great Cockup – Wainwright No. 158 – 1,720ft (524m)

Great Cockup Summit with Skiddaw in the background

Meal Fell – Wainwright No. 153 – 1,770ft (550m)

Meal Fell surrounded by the higher ridge between Knott and Great Sca Fell.
Meal Fell summit shelter – a moments rest from the wind

Great Sca Fell – Wainwright No. 113 – 2.131ft (651m)

Blustery summit of Great Sca Fell – not much of a view today!

Brae Fell – Wainwright No. 133 – 1,920ft (585m)

Summit of Brae Fell – dropping below the cloud base

Longlands Fell – Wainwright No. 179 – 1,585ft (483m)

Togo poses on Longlands Fell with Binsey in the background.

Binsey – Wainwright No. 191 – 1,466ft (447m)

Heather Banks on Binsey
Beating the rain to the summit of Binsey
Looking back over our route from Binsey

From here we also had great views of a dramatic ridge on the western Skiddaw that would be an interesting route option when we return to do that fell.

We ended our day with a short walk along the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake from Scarness Bay (adjacent to a holiday park) to Bowness Bay, stopping for a wild swim in the rather refreshing water!!

Bassenthwaite Lake with Ullock Pike in the background

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