OS Grid ref: NY 30429 37372
Lat/Long: 54.726502, -03.081757
The weather forecast had been variable but strong winds
continued to feature. I drove back to the small parking area by
Fellside Farm and set off walking west along the lane.
Looking towards Askew Mire.
School building now a private house.
Caldbeck School Board A.D. 1875.
I had a nice distant view of the Branthwaite buildings in the
sunshine but the first building I came to was the old school on
the right. It is now a private house. Carved in stones at the
front is Caldbeck School Board A.D. 1875. Iíve not been able to
find out any information about its school days. Further along
the road I came to Green Head and the wonderfully named
I left the road and headed up the track to Holborn. I was now on
the old track to Longlands and continued to Charlton Wath which
is a shallow ford at Charlton Gill and easy to step across. The
sun was out and it started to warm up. Before the climb I
stopped to eat my sandwiches as I was sheltered from the wind
and it was pleasantly warm. As I started the steady climb up to
Longlands Fell the wind increased but I was also treated to more
views and could soon look down on Over Water and Binsey to the
Windy view from Longlands Fell.
Skiddaw in the distance.
Little Sca Fell.
I reached the cairn and got an extra blast of wind. The fells
ahead opened up but not showing as clearly as Iíd hoped. There
followed a steep descent then steady climb up to Little Sca
Fell. Up ahead I could see two separate walkers heading in the
same direction. Over Great Sca Fell I could see one of the
walkers heading up to Knott summit but the other was sat down
just before the climb. As I approached I noticed he was
engrossed in his phone and if I hadnít said a greeting Iím sure
he would have ignored me. The wind was nothing near as strong as
predicted, even as I passed over Knott at 710m, the highest
point on todayís walk.
I descended easily to the east down towards Gunner Well. A
couple were walking up as I went down. I crossed the top of
Grainsgill Beck and followed the path to Lingy Hut. A couple
were coming the other way and we crossed at either side of the
hut so didnít get a chance for a greeting. I didnít go into the
hut. I pressed on to Hare Stones then the faint left branch to
descend the west side of the lower slope of High Pike.
North view below Hare Stones.
On the right is an old spoil heap and adjacent filled in mine
entrance. A clear stream of water continued to issue from the
hillside. There were some rocks which looked like someone had
been cracking them upen for mineral samples. Back on the track I
headed across to the large boulder near the summit of Deer Hills
then on to the easy descent tracks back towards Fell Side.
Boulder on Deer Hills.