OS Grid ref: NY 30429 37372
Lat/Long: 54.726502, -03.081757
When I arrived at Fellside Farm there was already a car in the
trackside parking space. As I was getting ready a woman runner
and her dog came down from the fell, got in the car and drove
off. I set off south along the track towards the Roughton Gill
Mines area and it was nice to see patches of sunshine on the
distant hills. I soon came to the square building by the track
which is connected with the water supply pipes in the track.
West Cumbria Water Board building.
West Cumbria Water Board.
The lintel over the door says W. C. W. B. presumably West
Cumbria Water Board. Up the fell to the SE the map shows a
reservoir which is probably connected to it. Further up the
valley is the footbridge and just below it the vehicle ford.
Under the clear water I could see one of the cast iron pipelines
coming down from the mines area. I fixed my small action camera
to my walking pole and made a short video of the pipe
underwater. I continued up the track to the ford which was too
deep to cross with boots on. Fortunately I found some boulders I
could hop across a short way upstream.
Pipe crossing under Dale Beck.
Underwater view of the pipe.
I had a look at the concrete building which also seems to be
connected with the water pipeline. There are no marking to say
what it is. An extremely heavy duty steed door prevents access.
There is a small vent hole high up the wall and ti was possible
to poke my camera in and take a flash photo. The interior was
empty except for a sluice valve propped against the wall near
Water intake building at Roughton Gill
Interior view of the building.
I climbed up the scree to reach a good path running along the
contour. Looking down I could see a single tent pitched by some
ruined buildings and a young man outside.
I continued to a gully and followed a faint path up towards
Great Lingy Hill. It was quite easy to follow and took me up to
the higher fell where I crossed rough ground to the small cairn
on Great Lingy Hill. As I approached a runner traversed the
summit right to left. On the top I turned right to head out
towards my next objective of Knott.
Climbing out of Roughton Gill.
There is no path shown on the maps but for a while I followed a
faint track. it was taking me the wrong way so I soon left it to
head across the very rough and difficult Miller Moss. It's an
area to avoid. At the far side I climbed up the bank to reach
the main path heading west to Knott. Thankfully it was easy
going though the wind was getting stronger as I got higher. On
the summit is a low cairn and a couple were sat by it trying to
get some shelter as they ate their sandwiches.
Sandwiches on Knott.
It was a great viewpoint but a bit too windy to hang around.
Without stopping I started the descent to the NE towards Great
Sca Fell. There were a surprising number of walkers out for a
weekday. I continued down and up over the succession of summits
of Great Sca Fell, Little Sca Fell to Brae Fell.
Lots of walkers out today.
Right of centre is Skiddaw.
Brae Fell summit cairn
This was my last summit and there was now a steady descent back
down to Dale Beck. At the river is a ford but it was too deep to
cross with boots on. A barefoot wade would have been easy but
adjacent was a fence suspended across the river. It was
substantial enough to take my weight as I used it to cross.
This is where I crossed Dale Beck.
A climb up a grassy path took me to the access road I’d walk
along earlier. when I got back to my car the whole area was
packed with cars.
Lots if cars when I got back.