29th April 2007

Two walks in the western fells - Flat Fell & Dent and Cold Fell


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 13.00 & 13.25 to 13.55
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 6.75 mile
Ascent 1560 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew Leaney
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Wath Bridge, Cleator Moor

There isn't a huge selection of walks that can be done from here. In fact the only real option is Flat Fell and Dent. I know these can be walked by a few different routes, but that's about it.

One piece of useless information is that one of the fields next to the bridge is the western most point in the Lake District.


Route Map

Wath Bridge found just outside the national park, between Cleator Moor and Ennerdale Bridge.

Today's walk took us to two of the small fells on western side of the Lake District, although technically, for some reason Dent isn't actually in the Lake District.
After walking up Nannycatch Road we came out onto the open fellside before making the relatively easy walk across to Flat Fell.

Looking back down to the Nannycatch path from the sort of, off path route to Flat Fell.

The view across to Dent taken from the well named Flat Fell.

That's flat at the top not flat on the short route down to Nannycatch Gate I should add.

There are four options from Nannycatch Gate, this one takes you up to the Cold Fell road along a section of the coast to coast walk. Notice the C to C painted on the rock.

And the path going out of the picture on the right leads into Uldale and eventually to Egremont.


Our route however, was the steep path up Raven Crag, which incidentally took us back outside the national park.

Why use a gate when an eight foot, almost vertical ladder will do just as well.
"What do you mean, you go first? What's wrong with you two?"

The excellent view back into the Lake District from the path across the top of Dent.
Some of the fells in the background are Crag Fell, Red Pike, High Stile, Pillar, Steeple, Lank Rigg, Scafell Pike, Scafell and Seat Allan.

A nice collection of towns and villages between Dent and the West Coast.

And again from the path off Dent.
Some of the places in view are, Cleator, Bigrigg, Moor Row, Woodend, Sandwith, St Bees Head and Whitehaven. Our house is down there somewhere.

Heading down the forest track to Black How Farm where we then walked back to the cars along the road that runs between Wath Bridge and Egremont.


We then drove around to the Cold Fell Road for a quick out and back walk up Cold Fell.

The trip up cold fell was no more than a quick half hour walk, but you still get plenty of fine views across to some very familiar fells.


A close up of the Sellafield plant.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks