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Thwaites Fell, Corney Fell, Whitfell, Cumbria.
[16.6 km] Thu 18 Jun 2015

OS Grid Ref: SD 18385 90206
Lat/Long: 54.300920, -03.255646

I had an easy drive to Thwaites Fell in Cumbria. The planned start of my walk was somewhere along the narrow road over the fell but I thought parking would be a problem. I checked out the minor road to Beckstones and found a large area by the road with plenty of space to park. I set off under dark gloomy skies to follow the minor road over to Corney Fell. Normally this would be a pleasant walk but it is used as one of the main access routes by commuters to the Sellafield reprocessing site.

Looking back towards Ulpha Park

The constant line of traffic was travelling the same direction as me and hardly any slowed down or moved over to pass at a safe distance. Most motorists consider pedestrians with the same contempt as cyclists. There was little to see as I walked over the fell road and some of the surrounding mountains were hidden in low cloud. Over Buckbarrow Bridge I came to the track on the right that headed up Corney Fell. It was quite windy as I headed up the fell and the temperature felt surprisingly cold. I came to an ancient circle of stones but the map didnít show anything. Further up the track was cut through the rocks so must have been of some importance to justify that amount of work.

Whitfell Trig Post and shelter cairn

Higher up the track eventually dwindled to nothing and I took a line across the fell top to join with the ridge path. Over the flat Burn Moor the path descended then climbed again to the summit of Whitfell. There was a stone shelter cairn on a large pile of stones. This pile must be ancient as it is not a natural feature. To the north east I came to the trig post and here I turner right to start my descent down the south east side of Whitfell.

View back to Buck Barrow

There isnít a path of any kind but the ground was firm grass so the walking was easy. There were good views down to a tree plantation area below. That was my next objective and the plan was to follow the forestry track through a cleared area. At the bottom of the descent I went through a gate hole in the wall but then had to step over a wire fence.

From Whitfell to The Pike

The track though the plantation was very rough and I was glad to leave the area and cross open ground to some old Copper Mine workings by Logan Beck. At first I came to a fenced off shaft and spoil heap. Then I came to a substantial mine level heading into the mountainside.

Old Copper Mine workings

Across wet and rough ground I came to the track that I followed to the farm buildings of Folds. Further along the track I reached the buildings of Whinfield Ground and the road. To the south was Loganbeck where the road squeezes between the farm buildings then over the bridge I was back at my car.