9th June 2006

A walk from Eskdale, along a secluded ridge, past stone circles and through a beautiful valley.


Walk Overview
Time 12.50 to 16.40
Duration 3 hr 50 min
Distance 8.2 mile
Ascent 1450 ft
Walking with On my own
Eskdale Green - Miterdalehead Moss - Low Longrigg - Boat How - Stone Circles - Boot - Eskdale Church - Forge Bridge - Eskdale Green
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces next to Giggle Alley, Eskdale Green

This is a great little car park. Right in the centre of Eskdale Green with a shop down the road and toilets next to the car park. It is a great starting point for a whole host of walks in this area, it's free and more often than not there are empty spaces available.


Route Map

Setting out from Eskdale Green along Giggle Alley.
Only mad dogs and fell walkers go out in the midday sun.

Fell End. One of the few named "peaks" along the quite long, undulating ridge between Eskdale Green and Burnmoor Tarn.

Illgill Head seen over the trees in Miterdale Head.

Blea Tarn. There was lots of off path walking along the first half of today's walk. There are quite a few paths on the ridge, but this is one of those places where I prefer to leave the paths and explore. As long as you're going in the correct direction (with Scafell in front of you) the best thing is to make it up as you go along. In fact I don't think I've ever done any route across this ridge more than once.

Looking along the White Moss and Low Longrigg end of the ridge to Boat How.
The Hazy fells in the background are Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Scafell and Slight Side.

And again about 10 minutes later.

Boat How with Scafell and Slight Side behind.

Looking down to Burnmoor Tarn as I was having a sit down and something to eat.

One of the five Bronze Age stone circles found in this area.

The same circle again, this time taken from inside one of the others which is close by.
These two are found on the east side of White Moss, only a few minutes walk from the main path between Boot and Burnmoor Tarn.
The Brat's Hill circle is less than five minutes walk if you turn right of the direction I'm looking in.
The remaining two circles are found further across the moor at Low Longrigg.

After leaving the stone circles I headed back across to the main path, where a collection of ruined buildings are passed. There are about five or six buildings all of which are in different states of repair. This one and the one behind are in better condition than the others.

"The one behind" in the previous picture.

The corn mill in Boot.

As nice as it was walking in the hot sun, it was a bit of a relief to get some shade while I was walking through the woods beside the River Esk.

And again.

Looking over one of the fields near Forge Bridge to the fells I walked over at the start of the walk.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks