Lat/Long: 54.684152, -03.039614
OS Grid Ref: NY 33073 32619
Had a gloomy & drizzly drive north along the M6 then on to
Mosedale, Cumbria. I have returned to investigate some new
trails I haven't been on in the area. I reached the end of the
one way road past Swinside to a grassy area where I usually
park. As I expected there were no other cars. I set off around 8
am and walked back down the road to Mosedale.
Mosedale End Farm.
There were plenty of builders' vans and one large property being
extensively renovated. I turned left to head north along the
fairly featureless road to Calebreck. On the way I crossed
Carrock Beck where I had to use the wooden footbridge as the
ford was far too deep and even would have been too deep for my
car. At Calebreck there is a parking area with 3 cars in it. I
set off west along the old mine track. It wound around the
northeast side of the fell and even with low cloud I could see
north across the Caldbeck valley.
Carrock Beck ford & footbridge.
Looking back to Great Mell Fell
Passing Stony Bank I saw the extensive mine spoil heaps at
Birket and on one of the tracks found a handy spot to sit and
eat my lunch sandwiches. I was surrounded by the spoil heaps of
the Sandbed Mine which is shown on the maps as being disused
even in 1900.
Sandbed Mine spoil heaps.
I'd gone slightly off my planned route but found a minor
grassy path that took me back to it. I was now climbing up the
fell and crossed open ground to a series of fenced workings that
are called shafts on the map. The barbed wire fence was quite
substantial but I climbed over to have a closer look.
The deep excavated groove had a sloping shaft at the bottom
which continued down into the darkness. The weather continued
overcast with wind and light drizzle. At the west end of the
fence I joined the main path heading up to the Caldbeck Fells. I
turned left onto the main path and soon saw an old spoil heap to
my left so climbed up it to investigate.
Rubbish dumped in the middle of nowhere.
There had been an old heading into the mountain which was filled
in, however a clear stream of mine drainage water was issuing
out. It would make an excellent camping spot but the phone
signal was weak. I rejoined the path south and climbed up to the
pass at Hare Stones. I saw a couple of fell runners coming off
High Pike and they shouted across as they passed to check all
was OK. I continued south towards Great Lingy Hill and on to the
Lingy Hut ahead. I stopped to have a look inside before starting
my descent down the path directly below.
The Lingy Hut.
Looking back to Mosedale.
I could see down into Grains Gill and the mine workings way
below. Lots of recent rain had made the slope quite wet and
slippery. soI took extra care. Eventually I reached the mine
information board and stopped to look into the mine Adit which
can be seen under the road. It was a short walk down the old
mine road back to my car.
Mine adit c1943.
The same entrance today.