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Mosedale, Carrock Beck, Driggith Mine, Red Covercloth, Lingy Hut, Grainsgill Mines, Cumbria.
[14.3 km]  Tue 09 Jun 2020

Lat/Long: 54.684152, -03.039614
OS Grid Ref: NY 33073 32619
With deteriorating weather forecast for tomorrow I decided to head for the Cumbrian fells today.
It was overcast as I drove north on the M6 motorway. Driving past Tebay the windsock was hanging vertical and loose, there was no wind. I turned off at Penrith and headed back to Mosedale Valley to try another walk.

Foxgloves by the road.

 Looking back up the valley.
On the way I noticed the illuminated sign by the road saying ‘Stay Home - Essential Travel Only’ was still there in a layby. It was 7:35 a.m. when I arrived and there was one vehicle parked which had been there overnight. The weather was still overcast as I headed east back along the narrow nane passing Swinside and back to Mosedale. I was shooting sort bits of video on the way with the intention of making a short video of the walk.

House in Mosdale.

House in Mosdale with small hut and chimney.

Mosdale Friends Meeting House

Friend's Burial Ground.
In Mosedale I visited the entrance gate to the Quaker burial ground and was disappointed to see that someone had let their dog’s dump on the ground by the gate and left it behind. I still had a couple of miles of road walking to do so continued north along the lane. It was extremely pleasant and quite warm at first as the sun came out for a while but soon vanished behind the clouds.
Mosdale art.

 Footbridge and ford at Carrock Beck.
For quite some time I didn't see anybody or any vehicles until away in the distance a lone cyclist approached. It was a middle-aged woman pottering along quite slowly. I reached the footbridge at Carrock Beck and left the road here after photographing the bridge and ford. I made a mistake as I should have crossed to the north side of the Beck but I noticed a minor path along the south side and followed it.

 Great Mell Fell from Carrock Beck.
It almost petered out but there was a discernible route which eventually climbed up above the river and then back down to cross at a small ford with sufficient rocks to allow me to hop across to a better path on the far side. I climb up the valley side to reach the old access road to the area of mines up ahead. I was heading west and decided to stop here for an early lunch of sandwiches. A lone walker came up behind me and I stopped as he passed by and continued up towards Caldbeck Fells. I watched him vanish into the distance then followed the track up to an area of old mine workings. There were plenty of old spoil heaps and the remains of a building but I couldn't see any mine entrances.

Higher up was the Driggith Mine and seemed mostly opencast workings. The 1899 map showed it to be disused. Eventually I reached the head of the valley and joined the main track running along the east side of High Pike. The weather had cooled down and it felt like rain was on the way but none arrived.

Driggith Mine opencast workings.
I could see the walker I'd seen earlier following the path towards Carrock Fell but I continued past Red Covercloth and Hair Stones to the Lingy Hut. It looked like a bit of refurbishment had been done on the door and inside everything was clean and tidy. I didn't stay long then started the direct descent down Grainsgill Beck.

 Lingy Hut.

Lingy Hut cards, brush & guest book.

Shovel for the toilet trek.
The path is quite easy to follow and I descended down to join last week's descent route where I'd followed the side of the beck. Today's descent was much easier on gentle sloping grass and not stony like last week. As I descended I looked back to the Lingy Hut on the horizon and could see two people silhouetted outside. I stopped at the mine to have another look before continuing down to the road at the valley bottom. It was then a short walk back to my car where a few others had arrived and parked in my absence.

Mine entrance.

Approach to the mine.
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