29th September 2007

An out of the ordinary route around two northern fells - Meal Fell & Great Cockup


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 14.20
Duration 3 hr 50 min
Distance 8.4 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with On my own
Peter House Farm - Cow Wath - Burntod Gill - Trusmadoor - Meal Fell - River Ellen - Great Cockup - Orthwaite Bank - Horsemoor Hills - Peter House Farm
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Peter House Farm, Orthwaite

The half a dozen or so spaces here are found along some very narrow roads around the northern side of the Lake District. In places, you just hope you don't meet anything coming in the opposite direction. Even though there isn't a great deal of space, this is somewhere I'm always confident about getting parked.

This spot offers convenient access to the Uldale / back of Skiddaw fells, and the track leading to Skiddaw House.


Route Map


Sunshine on Brockle Crag.

This sign is found at the split in the path where I turned left (not following the sign).
Incidentally, it's almost seven mile from this point to Threlkeld.

Crossing Dash Beck.

Dash Falls seen from the road leading up to Dash Farm.
Notice the Diagonal path to the right of the waterfalls. This is the path to Skiddaw House as signed in the third picture.

Turning right below Brockle Crag I followed this wall almost as far as Hause Gill before heading across to Burntod Gill and Trusmadoor.

Looking ahead to Burn Tod.

Following Burntod Gill.


And looking back down Burntod Gill.

Trusmadoor (the gap between Meal Fell & Great Cockup) running across the picture and Burntod Gill running straight ahead.

Looking across to the shelter on Meal Fell.

After leaving Meal Fell I headed in the direction of Great Sca Fell. At the low point between the two fells I headed down to this sheepfold found next to a very young River Ellen.

Looking back up the route I'd followed from the sheepfold. Off path, nice and remote, just what I like.

Well away from the crowds today.

Great Cockup summit with Binsey, looking rather dark behind.

Longlands Fell, Lowthwaite Fell and Brae Fell enjoying a couple of minutes of sunshine.

A close up of the little hamlet of Longlands.

Meal Fell, Great Sca Fell and Knott, seen from Great Cockup.

A close up of Chapelhouse Reservoir.

An unusual view of Bakestall and Skiddaw.

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Lake District Walks