12th April 2007

A hazy afternoon on the Dunnerdale fells


Walk Overview
Time 12.55 to 15.55
Duration 3 hr
Distance 5.8 mile
Ascent 1985 ft
Walking with On my own
Kiln Bank Cross - Park Head Road - Caw - Long Mire - Fox Haw - Ravens Crag - The Knott - Stickle Tarn - Stickle Pike - Kiln Bank Cross
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Kiln Bank Cross, Duddon Valley

I suppose it all depends where you've came from, but this spot could understandably be described a being rather out of the way and difficult to get to. Those who are prepared to go 'out of their way' will be pleased they did, for this is a peaceful area of the Lake District with fells of modest height and beautiful countryside.

The parking spaces are found at the highest point on the road between Duddon Valley and Broughton Mills.


Route Map

The view across to Whitfell, The Pike and Hesk Fell.

I had a great walk on the quiet Dunnerdale fells this afternoon. These fells are found a little to the north of the Duddon Estuary and this lovely corner of the Lake District offers secluded walking for those who are after peace and quiet. I know the walk only lasted three hours, but the only other people I saw were two cyclists riding past as I was parking the car at the start of the walk.

Park Head Road; which I followed for the initial section of the walk, before crossing Old Park Beck to make an ascent of Caw via Goat Crag.

Crossing Old Park Beck.

A hazy view down to Seathwaite (not the Borrowdale one). The dark fell on the left is Harter Fell.

Caw summit.

A close up of Seathwaite Church, taken from Caw summit.

Picking my way through the rocks that litter the fell side on Caw.

And again.

Although the fell itself is quite steep, the rocks and the crags don't cause any real problems and they can all easily be avoided.

The view back across Long Mire to Caw.

Caw, seen from the route I took across Fox Haw, Ravens Crag and The Knott.

The long distance views were very hazy for the whole of the walk, but now the cloud was also starting to build up, or at least it was in most other directions I was looking in. Luckily for me I still managed to do the walk in warm sunshine.

"Yes the view's not bad from up here, but there's only room for one of us, so don't bother trying to climb up".

A close up of Carter Ground.

From the Knott I doubled back a short way to pick up this path which runs below the ridge I'd just walked across. The path eventually brings you to the road just above the white farm house seen in this picture.

Looking into one of the old mine workings I passed on route to the road.

And looking back out.

I'm not usually the nervous type, but standing with my back to the gate and listening to the drip, drip, drip of the water and the other noises behind me, which upon reflection were probably more the product of an overactive imagination than anything else, sent a shiver down my spine. When I was walking away I did actually look back. Well you never know do you?

A friendly local coming across for a chat.

Some nice greens and browns seen as I was crossing the road to ascend Stickle Pike.

A view of Caw taken from on old mine building below Stickle Tarn.

Stickle Tarn.

And looking down from Stickle Pike.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks