This enjoyable walk begins and ends at the car park at the end of Gale Road and makes use of the ‘tourist path’ up towards Skiddaw. The actual summit of Lonscale Fell is an uninteresting place but the views and sudden drops around ‘East Peak’ soon liven things up. Our descent takes us along the Burnt Horse Ridge before following the stunning path along the Cumbria Way below Lonscale Crags. At nearly 7 miles long Jamie did awesome on this walk – well done son!
Passing the Hawell Monument we make the steep ascent up the zig-zag tourist path seen here on the left. Lonscale Fell is on the right.
Keswick and Derwent Water
Hindscarth, Robinson and Causey Pike
Jamie on the summit with Carrock Fell (far left), Bowscale Fell and Blencathra behind.
Skiddaw Little Man and Skiddaw from the summit
Helvellyn and Thirlmere over High Rigg
Looking north from the East Peak towards Great Calva and Knott. Our descent takes us over the Burnt Horse Ridge (centre).
Blencathra and Blease Fell
Looking back up to the East Peak on Lonscale Fell
The highlight of the walk for both of us was the stunning views (and drops!) as we followed the Glenderaterra Valley back towards the car. With Lonscale Crags towering above us on our right, and the beck down in the valley to our left, this was an absolutely breathtaking way to finish a hugely enjoyable walk.
Driving alongside Bassenthwaite Lake most people will have noticed the obvious white rock (known as ‘The Bishop of Barf’) on the steep sides of Barf. From the road the fell looks incredibly intimidating as though it cannot be climbed, but there are two ways up to the top from this direction, one is too dangerous (I had Jamie with me) so we took the easier, but equally steep track up through the plantation which eventually leads on to the top and a stunning view over the lake.
The climb up through the plantation is steep and laborious, with only tantalising glimpses of the view below. A challenging small rock step is the only real thrill of the ascent, but once we are above the trees the incredible view makes the climb worthwhile…
Skiddaw and the southern end of Bassenthwaite Lake (and a big drop below!)
Latrigg and Keswick backed by Clough Head, Great Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd
In the distance are Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, White Side, Helvellyn and Dollywagon Pike with Bleaberry Fell and High Seat in the middle distance.
Catbells catches the sun with Ullscarf and High Raise behind
Pike o’ Stickle, Glaramara, Bow Fell, Esk Pike and Causey Pike
Cracking weather for this short and sweet (or should that be short and steep!) walk, and we were still back home for lunch. As well as excellent visibility it was also nice to catch up with my first Swallow and Wheatear of the year and a Red Squirrel was also seen in Grasmere near the Swan Hotel. Click on the images to see them larger…
As we gain height the Langdale Pikes, Blea Crag and Sergeant Man come into view. The waterfalls (just right of centre) are on Sourmilk Gill with Easedale Tarn just above.
Alcock Tarn and Loughrigg Fell
The superb view from the summit looking over Grasmere to the Coniston Fells
Greenburn Valley with Gibson Knott on the left, Ullscarf behind, and Steel Fell on the right
Looking over Helm Crag to the picturesque and popular Easedale Tarn. Bowfell (left) and Scafell Pike (centre) can be seen in the far distance.
Pike o’ Blisco (left), Crinkle Crags (centre), and Bowfell (right)
Looking over Grasmere to Silver How, Lingmoor Fell and the Coniston Fells
This sign outside the Swan Hotel made us chuckle!!!
After being closed for over a year due to a huge landslip near Armathwaite, the scenic Settle to Carlisle line finally reopened today. And to mark the event there was a special charter hauled by Flying Scotsman which I caught up with near Cumwhinton….
With the superb weather continuing today I was determined that me and Jamie would head down into the lakes and enjoy a nice walk together. I was also hoping to get some images of the snow on the tops of the fells before it all melted away in the warm sunshine. So after an early start (especially as we’d already lost an hour in bed due to the clocks going forward!) we arrived at the Cow Bridge car park and quickly made our way up the steep ascent through the wood, soon emerging out onto the open fell-side…
T-shirt and shorts in March and it’s only 9.30 in the morning! The fells behind me are Hartsop Dodd, Caudale Moor and Red Screes
Jamie enjoying the sunshine in front of St. Sunday Crag
Looking back to Place Fell
Brothers Water backed by Gray Crag, Hartsop Dodd and Caudale Moor
Kirkstone Pass winds it’s way south dwarfed by Red Screes and Middle Dodd on the right
Rampsgill Head and Gray Crag
Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield in the background, with the grassy dome of Hartsop above How just beyond the stone wall
Fairfield and Greenhow End
The distinctive double summit of Angletarn Pikes on the left, with Loadpot Hill and Wether hill to the right
Rest Dodd, High Raise and Rampsgill Head
After an enjoyable picnic and being bathed in lovely early spring sunshine we decide to head back to the car the same way that we came up. It’s only 1230pm when we arrive back at the car park, but the superb weather has brought everyone out and the car park is completely full and a scene of chaos – very quickly I wish I was back up on the tops away from all these people!
A few images from Spadeadam last night taken at around 1115pm….for a few minutes the sky literally lit up in front of us before fading just as fast. Always an amazing experience.
It’s been such a long time since we were last out in the fells, in fact this was my first Wainwright of the year, so even though it was just a short easy walk it was so nice to be back! After parking up on the roadside we begin the climb up through the forest, this is nice but obviously the views of the surrounding fells are heavily restricted through the trees. Before long however we emerge onto the open fell-side…
Hobcarton End and Grisedale Pike
Looking back towards Blencathra, Keswick and Derwent Water
Lord’s Seat, Skiddaw and Blencathra
After only an hour we arrive at the summit where there is a small cairn. Back in Wainwright’s time this point on the fell top wasn’t actually regarded as the highest point, and the small dome of Brown How further west was thought to be higher. However more modern measurements have shown that Brown How is actually 25ft smaller than the eastern top. This is looking towards Grisedale Pike (left) and Hopegill Head (centre).
Walking from the eastern top towards Brown How
Arriving on the summit of Brown How with Lorton village and Graystones beyond
In the far distance on the left is Eel Crag. The valley of Hobcarton Gill leads abruptly to the impressive Hobcarton Crag, with Hopegill Head and Ladyside Pike to the right.