21st April 2011

A hazy walk across Muncaster Fell


Walk Overview
Time 13.00 to 15.45
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with On my own
Eskdale Green - The Green Station - Rabbit How - Ross's Camp - Hooker Crag (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

It was only a short walk I was after so Muncaster Fell seemed just the right place on such a gorgeous afternoon. I only saw two groups of people, it was red hot and judging by the amount of cloud further inland, I think I was fortunate to stay in the sunshine for the whole walk.

I could hear a whistle blowing, but couldn't workout if the train was coming towards me or going away. So, after standing here for a couple of minutes I took this picture and then walked off.
Yes, you've guessed it, when it was too late to get back the train went past.

Heading across the fields towards the eastern end of Muncaster Fell.

Stepping over the stile allowed me enough height to get this picture of Great Bank (the rocky bit) and Whin Rigg (the high point on the sky line).

Looking along the ridge from the terraced path around Silver Knott.

And looking back.

The long distance views weren't great today because of the exceptionally hazy conditions. So this was about as good as it was going to get I'm afraid. You can see the buildings in Eskdale Green, Miterdale is visible above and to the left of the wall, and you can more or less work out where Eskdale is, , , the rest is just lost in among the haze.

Ross's Camp, , , , ,

, , , , a perfect spot for a picnic since 1883.

I'm pleased I took this picture just below the summit because, , , ,

, , , while I was at the top, this family of summit hoggers just didn't want to move out of the way.

I never got a picture from the summit so here's a picture looking towards it instead.

Muncaster Tarn, as peaceful as ever.



Following the track between High Eskholme and Muncaster Head.

Talking of Muncaster Head, here it is.


A short walk along the road from Forge Bridge and I was back in Eskdale.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks