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Ullswater, Seldom Seen, Glencoyne, White Stones, Hart Side, Birkett Fell, Cumbria.
[11.4 km]  Wed 11 Sep 2019

 
Lat/Long: 54.557303, -02.948871
OS Grid ref: NY 38733 18421
The drive north along the M6 was difficult because of heavy rain. I left at Junction 36 and headed towards Windermere where I left the A591 and turned right to head over the A592 and over Kirkstone Pass. It was still raining and I didn’t see a single vehicle all the way over the pass. I reached the access road to Seldom Seem cottages where I’d parked last week and left my car in the same spot.

Looking up Glencoyne
I headed up the track to Seldom Seen cottages and continued up the rough path up the south side of Glencoyne. The rain had stopped and some patches of sunshine were breaking through. I continued up to Nick Head then turned right up the steep path towards White Stones. I had now lost the shelter of Glencoyne and was taking the full blast of the strong easterly wind. Part way up I found some shelter behind some rocks and decided to have an early lunch.

Looking down Glencoyne to Ullswater
When the sun came out it felt warm in the shelter of the rocks. That soon changed when I continued my climb to the flat summit of White Stones and its cairns. I was heading west but over the flat summit I swung round to the east to start a descent towards Hart Side and up Hart Crag. I checked out the excavated groove on the summit which always puzzles me when I pass.
On White Stones
Then I descended to a very wet path to Birkett Fell and the cairn with a ‘Birkett Fell’ carved stone. The views were rather nice. I turned SE to follow the wall down to Brown Hills and saw a walker coming up the other side of the wall. He was too far away to talk to. I reached the old miners path towards Glencoyne Head and started to walk towards the valley head.
Birkett Fell
My original plan was to reach Nick Head and reverse my way back to the car. However, I could see the strange stone dam structure in the valley below and decided to make to steep descent to check it out. After taking a few photos I climbed up to the main path then descended to Glencoyne Farm and its interesting tall stone chimneys.
The Dam
The path goes through the farm garden and I stopped to chat to the farmer and his wife who were sorting sheep. They said there is a date stone inside of 1629. I asked about the dam and although they knew about it they said nobody knew what it was for. I followed the farm access road to the road then the path back to my car.

Seldom Seen

Glencoyne Farm
 
 
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