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Wythop Mill, Broom Fell, Graystones, Cumbria.
[ 10.3 km] Wed 14 Mar 2012

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I returned to the Wythop Mill area but this time parked near the Old School were there is plenty of space. I walked along the road towards Eskin then left it to follow the track along the east side of Ling Fell. I didn’t stay on it long as I was heading for a copse of trees to the north of Broom Fell. The trees appeared in the distance, just to the right of Burthwaite Heights. After following the wire fence I came to a gate then a track to the base of Burthwaite Heights. The ground wasn’t as wet as the name ‘Wythop Moss’ would suggest. When I reached the trees they showed signs of having been battered by severe winds over the decades. Many trees lay where they had fallen, roots and earth sticking out.

Ling Fell and Sale Fell from the climb of Broom Fell

 There was no path to follow as I headed for the summit of Broom Fell but the ground was firm and dry and the wide views to the north well worth the climb. This part of Cumbria is one of the hidden gems and few people seem to visit it. I came to a fence and suddenly the Broom Fell summit cairn appeared before me. After being treated to wonderful views to the north on the climb I now had a 360deg to look at. I turned to the west to descend on a good path to Darling How Plantation. In the distance I could see a lone figure on the summit of Graystones and another lone figure approaching along the path by the plantation. The near figure passed bye and by the time I’d reached Graystones the other had gone. The map doesn’t show any paths in the area so it’s a case of finding your own way.

Distant view of trees on Embleton High Common

Trees on Embleton High Common - wide view

I started to descent to the north then across open ground to an interesting area of weather battered trees. Around them was the remains of an old rectangular enclosure but I couldn’t figure out what it could have been. I soon reached a good farm track which took me down to the minor road near High Side. Turning right I headed towards the green track of Green Lonning and walked round the zig zag lane that Wainwright’s book calls the sharpest double zigzag on a Lakeland road. I soon reached the road near Wythop Mill and was then back at the car.

Tom Rudd Beck near High Side Farm