1st June 2007

Full bloom on Muncaster Fell


Walk Overview
Time 12.50 to 16.00
Duration 3 hr 10 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent 1456 ft
Walking with On my own
Eskdale Green - Rabbit How - Ross's Camp - Muncaster Fell - Muncaster Tarn - High Eskholme - Muncaster Head - 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

A close up of a Foxglove by the side of the road in Eskdale.

And a close up of one of the many Rhododendrons found on Muncaster Fell.

With a maximum height of less than 800 ft Muncaster Fell proves that you really don't need to get onto the highest of the Lake District fells to have an enjoyable walk. And as much as I enjoy or rather prefer the high fells, the Lake District does have more to offer than Helvellyn, the Langdales and Scafell Pike.

At this time of year when the Rhododendrons are out in force and a nice variation to this walk is to include a visit to Muncaster Castle. And depending on how much time you spend at Muncaster, you could easily turn this into a full days outing. Or better still why not try to fit a ride on the Ravenglass - Eskdale railway (La'al Ratty) into the day.

A rather hazy and cloudy view looking back towards the Eskdale area. Luckily for me I managed to do the whole walk in warm sunshine.

Looking in the same direction from a little further along the route.

Ross's Camp.
The story has it that this is was set in place by a shooting party during Victorian times and was in fact used as a table for their lunch. I can just picture the scene, with the "ladies and gentlemen" sitting down and being waited on by an army of servants providing them with nicely cut "posh" sandwiches, tea and cakes. All served on the best china of course.

And to help confirm the date; the inscription of the "table top".

Muncaster Fell summit.

A patchwork quilt of fields seen from the route between Muncaster Fell and the woods next to Muncaster Tarn.

Some more Rhododendrons, these ones found near Muncaster Tarn.

Peace and quiet at Muncaster Tarn.

One of the Water Lilies (I think) found in the tarn.

Heading down through the woods from the tarn to High Eskholme


A nice, easy going track leads from High Eskholme back to Eskdale, taking you through some lovely countryside where you'll get almost continuous views across to the fells found below the Devoke Water area; such as Brantrake Crag, seen here.

Muncaster Head farm. Notice Harter Fell in the picture; the dark pointed fell in the background.

Almost back at Eskdale.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks