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Peter House Farm, Dash Farm, Hause Gill, Burntod Gill, Trusmadoor, Orthwaite, Cumbria.
[11.8 km]  Wed 14 Oct 2020

OS Grid ref: NY 24904 32310
Lat/Long: 54.680228, -03.166225
After a clear drive I returned to the parking area by the road across from Peter House Farm. Mine was the only car. The weather was fine with thin cloud so I didn’t take my main jacket. I set off along the track towards Skiddaw House but when I reached the branch took the left turn down towards Dash Farm. At the bottom of the bridge over Dash Beck is a gate with a sign saying no path & private. I’ve been here before but came off the fells so didn’t see the sign.
Achnashellach Railway Platform.
As I was only passing through and couldn’t see anyone around decided to go through the gate and continue along the farm access track. Higher up it became rougher and as I approached the farmhouse I noticed the name ‘The Dash’ on the wall. When I passed a few years ago it was empty but now it's advertised as a holiday residence and it looked like there was a light in one of the downstairs rooms. Walking round the side I could see a vehicle parked at the rear and steam coming out of the central heating flue. I decided to avoid the farmyard and go through a gate to the left. I was able to by-pass the farm and head across the field towards the other holiday let of ‘Thorny Crag’ across the valley.
Thorny Crag in the trees.
I didn’t call there as I was heading for Trusmadoor. I reached the ford at Burntod Gill and tried to find a spot where I could jump across. I couldn’t so managed to hop across the ford without getting too wet. The green track headed up the fell to a gate then higher up to a path and boulder. The old map actually showed the boulder. The Map shows a path heading towards Trusmadoor but it was quite faint in places. I headed high above Burntod Gill and eventually joined with the path to Great Cockup. The narrow valley is quite interesting and unlike anywhere I can recall.
Hause Gill.
This was


 Binsey in the distance to the left.

 Binsey in the distance
A better path descended to the NW but soon became indistinct. The sun was out as I descended making it quite pleasant. I probably finished descending through the boggiest part of the valley but eventually joined the main path at the source of the River Ellen. I turned left and followed it across the northern side of Little Cockup and Orthwaite fell. A steep descent took me down to the road where I turned right a short way to Orthwaite Hall buildings.

 Another view of Binsey in the distance.
Over a wall to the left I continued on a path across a field then left along one of the Cumbria Way paths. It was horribly wet as I filled it down towards Little Tarn. Just before the brook I was ‘buzzed’ by a Buzzard which swooped down close over my head but didn’t make contact. Id seena sign in the field earlier warning me of the possibility. A large area of impenetrable gorse was ahead so I climbed up the hillside to clearer ground. Through a couple of gates I continued to Whitefield Woods but the path marking was rubbish. I continued on a forestry track but had to return to find a steep path down the hillside and through the trees to the road.

Through the trees & down to the road.

Tree clearance by the road.
There was a good wooden footbridge across Halls Beck then a track up through the woods to another wet path. The path was wet and not very interesting. Further south I turned left at a large boulder and across fields towards Peter House Farm. The last field had some very skittish cows in it and I kept a lookout as I crossed it as they can be dangerous. I reached the road and my car and checked the map which confirmed the path I’d just used was part of the Cumbria Way. I certainly wouldn’t include it as it is not good walking.
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