5th May 2007

A Bannisdale Horseshoe without the sun


Walk Overview
Time 08.50 to 14.15
Duration 5 hr 20 min
Distance 10.5 mile
Ascent 2250 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Mosergh Farm - Whiteside Pike - Todd Fell - Capplebarrow - Ancrow Brow - Borrowdale Moss (edge of) - Long Crag - White Howe - Lamb Pasture - Thorn Cottage - Plough Farm
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, near Plough Farm, A6 north of Kendal

This literally is nothing more than a small lay-by found on a minor road.


Route Map

Today's walk took me almost as far away from home as I can get in the Lake District; from the west side next to the coast across to the eastern boundary just north of Kendal. The initial section of the walk was along this track near Mosergh Farm where we caught sight is Whiteside Pike ahead of us.

The tall thin summit cairn on Whiteside Pike.

Heading across to Todd Fell.

Leaving Todd Fell and heading to Capplebarrow.

On route to Ancrow Brow we passed this unnamed tarn which provided at least some foreground for a picture of the cloud.

We'd already clambered, somewhat clumsily I should add, over a few higher than normal fences and walls, resulting on one cut knee and a snagged pair of trousers. We then reached the one fence we didn't need to cross and ironically it was the only one that we could have negotiated problem free. The OS map names the top as Ancrow Brow.

And looking along the wall on Ancrow Brow.

Although the forecast was for the recent good weather to break during the weekend, we had hoped sunshine would stay with us for today's walk at least. Evidently we were out of luck on that count, but at least it was dry, there wasn't much wind and we could actually see where we were heading.

Cutting across the head of Bannisdale to reach Long Crag.

Borrowdale Moss; miles of nothing, brilliant!

The approach to Long Crag cuts through an area which during wetter times must cause the more careless of walkers to reach the summit with soaking feet and muddy legs. Thankfully we had no such problems today; all that was required for us to arrive dry shod was a couple of zigzag's and the occasional leap, when the ground began to squelch.

I'm not sure if this is a moth or a butterfly. What ever it is though, you have to agree that nature is fantastic.

Walking towards White Howe.

White Howe summit.

Looking back along our route as we made our way to Lamb Pasture.

Dryhowe Farm seen from Lamb Pasture.

The view into Bannisdale, taken from the same place.

And looking back to the A6 end of the valley.

Lamb Pasture summit.

As they say on the television program "Who lives in a house like this"?
Obviously someone who knows how to get around the planning permission red tape.

A little sunshine would have been nice to show off the mass of Bluebells covering the fields as we made our way to Thorn Cottage.

Thorn Cottage.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks