5th March 2011

An afternoon walk on 5 Uldale fells


Walk Overview
Time 12.05 to 15.05
Duration 3 hr
Distance 6.9 mile
Ascent 1900 ft
Walking with On my own
Longlands - lodness - Longlands Fell - top of Charlton Gill - Brae Fell - Little Sca Fell - Great Sca Fell - Meal Fell - Trusmadoor - Great Cockup - River Ellen - Longlands Beck - Longlands
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Longlands

With some degree of sensible parking you could probably get ten cars parked here. Once these are gone then I'm afraid it's a case of going elswhere. The roads around here simply aren't wide enough to accommodate roadside parking.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Well I certainly didn't expect to end up walking here today. After an optimistic weather forecast last night, I left home at 8 o'clock this morning intending to have a long walk on the Langdales. Talk about disappointed, I was only 4 or 5 miles into the journey and the amount of cloud at ground level, and the lack of any views at all, had me thinking twice about what I should do. Once it started raining my mind was made up and I went back home for the morning.

The second attempt at a walk was pure pot luck. I could see from a distance that these fells were cloud free so that was good enough for me and I headed across to Longlands.

Looking across to Overwater and Binsey.

Longlands Fell summit cairn. The fell straight up from the cairn is Brae Fell.

Crossing the top of Charlton Gill.

A bit of sunshine makes all the difference, unfortunately it was only a small bit. A couple of minutes after taking this picture it was gone again.

Brae Fell summit.

Just after leaving Brae Fell I took this picture looking towards Great Sca Fell.

A view back to Brae Fell.

Great Sca Fell summit in front of High Pike and Carrock Fell.

Time to leave Great Sca Fell behind and head down to Meal Fell.
The two bodies of water in this picture are Bassenthwaite Lake and Overwater. For those who aren't sure which is which, Overwater is the one on the right. I wonder why are they called bodies of water, , ,

Meal Fell summit. The fells behind are Little Sca Fell and Great Sca Fell.

This is Trusmadoor; the dip between Meal Fell and Great Cockup, and what a fantastic place.

I assume that most people do as I did today and use it as a route to connect the two fells; which is fair enough. What I would recommend however, is that people try some of the other routes to or from here. Burntod Gill is a great little secluded route, Frozenfell Gill gives a little bit of adventure if you follow it to the top, and the route across the tributaries of the River Ellen offers a gentler approach.

Taken from the same place as the previous picture, this one is looking down Burntod Gill.

And finally, from the route up Great Cockup, a view of Frozenfell Gill (the one running off to the left).

Meal Fell, seen from just below Great Cockup summit.

Great Cockup summit. The pointed fell on the left is Great Calva.

Dramatic skies over Bassenthwaite Lake.

You can actually see Longlands from here; the couple of buildings in the centre of the picture. So, if you're not overly confident about off path walking, you at least have something to aim for.

Now this is my kind of place. As much as I like rocks, crags and scree, give me this stuff any day.

Crossing the River Ellen, , , it does get wider than this.

For sale - one used garden shed, , , , may need draught proofing.

Back at Longlands now, and although this wasn't exactly the walk I wanted to do today, it was still a great afternoon in an area I always thoroughly enjoy.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks