5th November 2005

A wet walk on Bakestall.


Walk Overview
Time 11.50 to 14.10
Duration 2 hr 20 min
Distance 4.9 mile
Ascent 1719 ft
Walking with On my own
Peter House Farm - Dash Falls - Birkett Edge - Bakestall - Cockup - Peter House Farm
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Peter House Farm, Orthwaite

The half a dozen or so spaces here are found along some very narrow roads around the northern side of the Lake District. In places, you just hope you don't meet anything coming in the opposite direction. Even though there isn't a great deal of space, this is somewhere I'm always confident about getting parked.

This spot offers convenient access to the Uldale / back of Skiddaw fells, and the track leading to Skiddaw House.


Route Map

Brockle Crag from the track between Peter House Farm and the turn off for Dash Falls.

The sign found where the main track to Dash Farm branches off to , , , well, the sign says it all. I followed the bridleway as far as the gate above dash Falls and then turned right onto the steep path up Birkett Edge to Bakestall.

Looking back down Birkett Edge to the top of Dash Falls.
It was very wet under foot today, and with the ground being so saturated the water was just running down the fellside almost like a broad, shallow stream.

Bakestall summit. Extremely windy and the picture doesn't show it, but also raining quite heavily.

The ruins of an old sheepfold found just below Bakestall summit.
The route I took went down to the top of Dead Beck (on the left) I then followed a line just below the dark area of heather and then took a straight line route across to Cockup (the rounded fell at the back).

The top of Dead Beck. Normally this part of the beck is nothing more than a trickle, but this picture shows just how wet everywhere is at the moment.

Cockup summit.

Brockle Crag and Great Cockup from the route off Cockup.

Another band of rain moving in across Bassenthwaite.

Brockle Crag and Great Cockup again, this time from the wall I followed back to the bridleway below Dash Falls.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks