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Mungrisdale, Bullfell Beck, Bowscale Fell, Souther Fell, Cumbria.
[12.1 km]  Tue 27 Oct 2020

OS Grid ref: NY
Lat/Long: 54.6612060, -2.9861450

Before setting off for my Cumbria walk I checked the Google maps site for any traffic problems on the route. My heart sank when I saw the A66 from Penrith to Keswick was shown as closed until 11am. It wasn't too disastrous as I knew there was an alternative route by getting off the M6 at 41 but that would have taken longer. The weather forecast was also bad with lots of rain on the way.
I set off along the motorway and kept an eye on the information boards. They all seemed to be switched off but over Shap I saw one but had no mention of the A66. I decided to get off at Penrith and check it out. There was no closure and the road was clear so I got to Mungridale as planned. I parked on the muddy roadside layby and set off along the road passing the Community Centre.
The old school.
I passed St Kentigern church on the right and a short way on turned into the minor track on the left. I soon came to a tied up wooden gate but the write fence to the right was loose so I strode over it. ON the left is the large Old School Building which is very impressive. The rough track continued up Bullfell Gill which I find puzzling as there isn’t a Bull Fell nearby.
Heading up Bullfell Gill.
The O.S. map doesn’t show a footpath along here but it is referred to in Wainwrights 'Northern Fells’ book. The map shows a small building further up but no indication what it is. Wainwright calls it ‘Waterworks Building and Recording Apparatus’. When I reached the concrete box building it was certainly some sort of water intake valve house taking its water from a spring issuing from the hillside.
Waterworks intake building

It was a considerable height above Bullfell Beck below. The narrowing track continued to a collapsed sheefold and then a narrow path continued. I picked my way through patches of heather as I climbed out of the head of the valley towards Bowscale summit.

A ceramic trough further up the valley.

I couldn’t see the summit but soon reached the path coming in from the right and joined it to the stone wind shelters. It continued overcast with low cloud and I was expecting the rain to arrive at any moment.

Bowscale Fell summit.

I descended south towards Bannerdale then right to the saddle below Blencathra. I descended the easy track down along the River Glenderamackin to the footbridge. I had a plan ‘B’ for if the rain had arrived but it hadn’t. I climbed to the top of Mousethwaite Comb and if the rain had hit I would have descended straight down to the road. It hadn’t, so I followed the path over Souther Fell. A bit of rain arrived but didn’t last long.

Wooden footbridge
over River Glenderamackin

 Souther Fell cairn.
After visiting the tall cairn I continued to turn right across wet ground to descend the shepherds track diagonally down to the road as Lower Beckside. Lower down I met some family walkers heading up. Walking back along the road there were several people walking up the lane. I crossed the footbridge and stopped to look at the Mungrisdale Recreational Room dated 2004. As I got back to the car I was surprised that there weren't more cars parked. I was just in time ast the rain started and continued for most of my drive home.
Mungrisdale Recreation Room 2004.

 Mungrisdale Recreation Room 2004.
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