1st February 2012

Muncaster Fell and Eskdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.25 to 14 20
Duration 4 hr 55 min
Distance 11.1 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Eskdale Green - The Green Station - Rabbit How - Ross's Camp - Muncaster Fell - Muncaster Tarn - Hgh Eskholme - Muncaster Head - Forge Bridge - Milkingstead Wood - Trough House Bridge - Beckfoot - road back to 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

We've been wanting to walk across Muncaster Fell for ages now. The lead up to Christmas never quite gave us a good enough opportunity and Christmas itself was a complete washout. So, today seemed like the perfect time.

Another good reason for doing this walk today was, a few weeks ago Jennifer had her foot 'sorted out' so we decided to try it out on a 10+ mile walk. Things seem to be promising so hopefully she'll be back on the higher fells before too long.

The snowdrop stands with head bowed low


Looking ahead to Muncaster Fell (not the top, just the Eskdale end of the ridge).

A view back from the ridge shows Eskdale penetrating into the fells with Scafell, Bow Fell, and Crinkle Crags blanketed in snow on the left of the picture and Harter Fell and Green Crag on the left.


Another view backwards showing the higher fells covered with snow. This picture looks through Miterdale and up to Scafell (the high snowy fell on the left).


Jennifer standing next to Ross's Camp. Too early for something to eat, but it does make a good picnic spot.

Muncaster Fell summit.

A close up of the Sellafield site. A huge place, the size of a small town. I'm normally there during the week, but it was far too nice today so I'm up here instead.

Muncaster Tarn, frozen after a nights frost.

Heading into the woods on route to High Eskholme.

and now at High Eskholme.

Muncaster Head.

Forge Bridge, a sort of sheltered spot for something to eat.


Both Jennifer's feet were working fine so we decided to do the full route I had in mind. We followed a route along one side of the valley and then returned along the valley road. Not a road I'd like to walk down in the middle of summer, but today, we were only passed by two cars and a couple of vans.



This is the back of Dalegarth Hall as seen over the wall.

Trough House Bridge.

Railway worker or should that be railway walker.

Blue sky above Eskdale.


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Lake District Walks