28th March 2012

Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 6 - Skiddaw Forest


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 16.35
Duration 8 hr 5 min
Distance 17.6 mile
Ascent 2800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Keswick - Gale Road - Lonscale Crags - Skiddaw House - Dash Falls - Peter House Farm - Bassenthwaite - Scarness - Bassenthwaite Church - Dodd Wood - Millbeck - Keswick
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Spooney Green Lane, Keswick

I'm sure the people in the houses on the opposite side of the road get fed up with so many people parking here, but the fact is that we all have a car and we all need to park it somewhere.

The obvious fell to walk to from here is Latrigg, but the more adventurous could easily carry on and head onto the Skiddaw fells.


Route Map

The good weather continues so Jennifer and I take advantage by heading out on the long walk across Skiddaw Forest to Bassenthwaite and then returning via Scarness, Dodd Wodd and Millbeck. This was a bit of an odd walk as far as the passes go because there was never going to be an ideal route through Skiddaw Forrest. Various different routes and combinations of routes pass through this area so I simply came up with what seemed like a good walking route that took us from one side to the other.

Despite the unconventional nature of the walk we ended up having a fantastic day. The first half of the walk was through the secluded area around the back of Skiddaw and the second half was through some lovely countryside. All of which was made even better by the almost perfect weather.

Looking back down Sponey Green Lane.

Not a cloud in the sky as we look over to the north western fells.

Shortly after walking through Gale Road car park the path splits. This is the lower one which leads around to Skiddaw House whereas the one you can see heading up the hill will take you to Skiddaw summit (eventually).


Following the path below Lonscale Fell. The pointed fell is Great Calva.

A view back along the track showing Lonscale Fell.

It was bone dry across here today making much easier going then it is when the place soggy and muddy underfoot.

Hardly a tree in sight, but yes, this is Skiddaw Forest.

Skiddaw House and cyclist.

Time for a sit down and a quick snack.

Not a zigzag in sight, , , , ,

, , , , until we we reach the top of Dash Falls.
That's Binsey in the background.

Over on the other side of the valley is Dash Farm and above it is White Hause.


Well they've certainly made sure no one steals this car.

Burthwaite Farm.


High hedges and narrow roads.

Bassenthwaite (the village). A lovely spot, but not somewhere I walk through very often. This is only about the third time ever.

Hazy Ullock Pike ridge and Skiddaw.

Countryside around Bassenthwaite. The church is the one next to the village, not the one next to the lake.

Inside St Bega Church Bassenthwaite.

Just outside the church yard this cross is has been mounted on the top of these steps. I'm not sure of the significance of this but it does provide a good foreground for a picture of Dodd.

From the church, we followed the path into the grounds of Mirehouse.

And a bit closer.

While Jennifer was in the shop buying ice creams I took this picture of everyone enjoying the sunshine.

A view cross to the Lord's Seat fells taken from the Osprey viewing point.

More nice countryside to walk through. This picture walk taken as we walked through Millbeck.


A little further along the road and we reach Applethwaite.
The fell in the centre of the picture is Latrigg. We're parked at the bottom of the trees on the right hand side of the fell.

Hopefully the new camera lens will turn up and the pictures on the next walk won't be quite so pale.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks