Varying walk covering the 5 most North Westerly Wainwright fells. Taking in the summits of Barf, Lords Seat, Broom Fell, Ling Fell and Sales fell. With views the full length of Bassenthwaite Lake and the magnificent massive of Skiddaw. Coastal views should be evident on a clear day.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Park at Powterhow Wood car park and walk heading south west on the footpath leading from the road junction at Beckstones.
(1) Follow well defined footpath to the left side of Beckstones Gill, eventually turning North to summit Barf.
(2) Stay on the well defined footpath until you reach the summit of Lord's Seat.
(3) From Lord's Seat, turn right off the footpath to follow a fence line to the cairn on Broom fell.
(4) From the cairn on Broom Fell, bear north Westerly direction to Ling Fell. (in mist, take a compass)
(5) From Ling Fell, head downhill in north easterly direction to join a small road.
(6) Turning right on road take a left at the junction at Eskin, crossing Brumstom Bridge to turn right onto a footpath.
(7) Follow the footpath to the building at Kelwick. Then cross fell in a north easterly direction to summit Sale Fell.
(8) Take a south east direction off Sale fell keeping chapel wood to the right to join a pathway. Cross this to follow a footpath in the same direction with Lothwaite Side on the left and a disused quarry on the right ignoring the junction to the right follow the footpath into Wythop Woods.
(9) Take the footpath on the left following down to Beck Wythop.
(10) From Beck Wythop, take the footpath along the right hand side of the A66 with Bassenthwaite Lake on the left. Follow this until you reach the road junction taking the minor road branch past Woodend to return via
Powterhow Wood to the car park (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 344ft - Car Park at Powterhow wood
1 : mi 0.18 - alt. 407ft - Entrance to Beckstone Gill
2 : mi 0.92 - alt. 1476ft - Summit of Barf Fell
3 : mi 1.62 - alt. 1759ft - Summit of Lord's Seat
4 : mi 2.39 - alt. 1634ft - Summit of Broom Fell
5 : mi 3.65 - alt. 1211ft - Summit of Ling Fell
6 : mi 4.03 - alt. 663ft - Rejoin road West of Eskin
7 : mi 4.3 - alt. 545ft - Brumstom Bridge
8 : mi 5.04 - alt. 1142ft - Summit of sales Fell
9 : mi 5.97 - alt. 764ft - Entrance to Wythop Wood
10 : mi 6.66 - alt. 367ft - End of the footpath
D/A : mi 8.02 - alt. 348ft - Car Park at Powterhow wood
You will need to carry food and water for the entire walk. Could be wet underfoot crossing Wythop Moss following prolonged rain. Compass required in misty conditions.
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Pleasant climb up Beckstone Gill. Vies of Bishop Rock from the entrance of Beckstone Gill. Extensive views of Bassenthwaite Water and Skiddaw from Barf. Deer and bird life abundant. Views of the Solway Firth, Irish Sea and the Scottish lowlands on a clear day
Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5
Thank you for the response and comments, always appreciated.
I agree on splitting the walk into two days, especially later in the year with reduced daylight
When we visit the Lakes we try to take a full day in the hills, a 2 hour hour drive seems a waste for a 3 hour walk, hence the reason of the day route.
Its never easy well not for me writing off track routes, though to be honest myself and my regular walking partner regular take cross country routes to get long days in.
I took into consideration the direction of the route as written to ascend Beckstone Gill rather than descend it
Global average : 4.67 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good
A very interesting and challenging hike, helped by having one of the clearest and sunniest days of the year.
Due to the difficulty of crossing Wythop Moss, I can see why some people might want to tackle these five Wainwrights as two separate groups:
Group A: Barf, Lord's Seat and Broom Fell
Group B: Ling and Sale fells
There is no discernible footpath linking Broom and Ling fells, the route requires crossing the very boggy Wythop Moss, climbing over two plain-wire fences and crossing a ditch (I would strongly recommend the wearing of gaiters). Due to the lack of any clear footpath, there is no choice but to follow a crow's flight, north westerly compass bearing from Broom Fell.
I took the walk clockwise from the car park which meant ascending Beckstones Gill. Due to the steepness and wet conditions of the gill, and the bit of rock climbing involved, this is part of the route I was glad to tackle by ascent rather than descent. I can imagine the gill being especially hazardous during icy conditions, necessitating the use of spikes.
The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting and finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way there are 3 Wainwrights,a ferry and 1 pub.
The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 9 Wainwrights, 2 tarns, and 1 pub.
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