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Mosedale, Grainsgill, Brandy Gill, Red Covercloth, Driggith Mine (disused), Carrock Beck, Cumbria.
[13.1 km]  Tue 30 Mar 2021

OS Grid ref: NY 35254 32119
Lat/Long: 54.6799440,-3.0056840
After months of lockdown and not being able to travel far the rules are now eased and I am able to return to Cumbria for a walk. The weather forecast was excellent but as I left home shortly after 6 am it was overcast with drizzle. Along the motorway the visibility deteriorated and over Shap summit was thick mist and rain. I arrived at Mosedale and left my car a short way along the the Grains Gill Road. It was still low cloud and mist as I set off west up the lane towards the Grainsgill Mine area. There must have been a lot of rain recently as the road was partly flooded. A car came down and I stood to one side to let him pass. He stopped to ask directions to Carrock Fell. He was only using his phone to guide him on the walk but without a signal he was lost. I described the climb from Moses Trod and if he continued into the village he would get a signal.

 Towards Grainsgill
I continued along the road to the bridge below the mines. I continued up the old mine access track to the turning area and information board. I then took a minor path heading north directly up Brandy Gill. This is a route I've been on before but only as a descent. It was easy at first but then became quite steep as I headed up towards Miton Hill. It was easy going under foot but some patches of rushes which were very wet.
Site of Grainsgill Mines

 Distant view of Carrock Fell.

I continued to the fence and followed it north. At the gate I passed through to find a small depression where I could shelter from the cold Wind to eat my sandwiches. The weather was still low cloud and there was little to see. I continued north to reach the main path heading towards High Pike. The weather began to improve as I continued to the track which passes the east side of the Pike.

Cycling up Carrock Beck valley.

 Distant view of Great Mell Fell.
This is where I turned right and after about 1 km turned right to follow the old mine track down through the abandoned Driggith Mines. It was an easy descent but as I reached Carrock Beck the track was very wet underfoot. The sun was now shining and several people were out walking. I met some groups coming up the valley and one cyclist. Near the bottom I took the right fork parallel with Carrock Beck and passed Quaker Hill.
Washing on the line Mosedale.
I soon reached the road and used the footbridge to cross Carrock Beck. The road goes through the ford which was quite deep and I wouldn't want to take my car through. I was now heading south and the weather had improved considerably. It was only about a mile and a half back to Mosedale and walking through the village it was nice to see some washing pegged out on a line suspended between trees. A few minutes later I was back at the car.

 Mosedale End Farm
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