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Mosedale, Cumbria Way, Wiley Gill, Knott, Coomb Height, Cumbria.
[10.4 km]  Thu 28 May 2020

Lat/Long: 54.684152, -03.039614
OS Grid Ref: NY 33073 32619

Yesterday I planned a walk in Cumbria ready for when I could get up there. As I was waiting for a skip to be collected this morning I was given Thursday or Friday and was hoping they’d come today. That would have given me all Friday for my walk. I telephoned them late morning and they said it would be collected tomorrow meaning that was out for a walk. As my planned route wasn't very long I decided to head off to the Lakes today. I threw my gear in the car and headed north along the M6 leaving home shortly after midday. I wasn't sure about access to Cumbria as they are still telling people to stay away. As I am travelling on my own and walking on my own I can't see any problem whatsoever. My planned walk was to drive to Mosedale then up the narrow dead end Lane below Grains Gill Beck.
There are plenty of parking areas near the end but I was concerned that the council may have closed it off to keep people away. As I left the main A66 and turned north I was amazed at how many cars there were in all the lay-by and parking areas. In Mosedale I turned left up the narrow lane and after a mile could see the end of the valley with dozens of people and more cars than I've ever seen before.
Lots of cars by the river.
They were mostly families enjoying the warm sunshine and many children were paddling and swimming in the river. My concerns about access were unfounded. By the time I got underway it was 2 p.m. and I headed up the lane then turned left at the bridge to follow the minor track along the Cumbria Way. There were many cars parked along the rough track but I soon left them all behind as I continued on the west bank of the River Caldew heading towards Skiddaw house. When I reached the junction with Blackhazel Beck I saw two figures in the distance approaching rapidly.

 Lots of families enjoying the warm sunshine.
They were mountain bikers and I stopped to give them a clear way as they passed by. I continued along the dwindling track to the footbridge across Wiley Gill where I left the main Cumbria Way to head north up the remote Valley. Just as I got in the valley I stopped for a late lunch of sandwiches then continued up the east side of the valley climbing steadily.
Shepherd's Hut.
The going was rather slow due to wet ground and deep rushes. I reached Little Wiley Gill where I had a steep descent to cross the stream below then up by a sheep shelter to head steadily and steeply up Red Gill. As I climbed I noticed a couple of spots that would have made good camp pitches but as there was no phone signal. Neither was there nearby water other than the gill I crossed far below.
Animal securing rings in the hut.

 Bield across the valley.
My climb continued then the gradient decreased a bit as I joined the western path approaching the summit Knott. I followed it to the low the summit cairn where I had excellent views all round, though they were a little hazy in the distance. The descent route was to the east and at first the path was very prominent and easy to follow.

 Low cairn on Knott looking towards High Pike.
However it tended to swing to the north heading for the Cumbria Way and Lingy Hut. As my route was to continue east down the ridge of Coomb Height I had to leave the main path and find a minor one a short distance to the south. Once on it it was quite easy to follow but was quite narrow in places. As I descended I passed a couple of small cairns and then a deep groove cut in across the mountainside and was obviously man-made
Groove cut into the mountain. Part of the mine exploration.
It appears to be part of the old mine workings which are still below in Grains Gill . The final part of the descent back to the bridge was quite steep but the trail was good. I had a good view of the river and was surprised to see many people and cars still around as the time was now 5:15 p.m. i reached the car and opened a can of fizzy drink which was a welcome way to quench my thirst .
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