17th February 2013

A walk among the Uldale Fells


Walk Overview
Time 09.10 to 14.15
Duration 5 hr 5 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Longlands - Longlands Fell - top of Charleton Gill - Brae Fell - Little Sca Fell - Great Sca Fell - Meal Fell - Trusmadoor - Great Cockup - Orthwaite Bank - Orthwaite - 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

Today's walk started from Longlands; a tiny hamlet found on the northern edge of the Lake District. It's definitely a lovely spot but I can't help think that it must be a right hassle to get to most places from here.

We'd had this walk in mind for a while now and all we needed was a blue sky and sunshine day like this one. Some of my most satisfying walks are done in this area but even I have to admit you need a day such as this to fully appreciate the place. Rocks, crags and scree it may not have, but I've never thought a place needed those to make it enjoyable.

Down there is Overwater. We'll be walking quite close to it at the end of the walk and up on the skyline is Binsey. We didn't go that far.

There were lots of of wide open spaces and long distance views on today's walk. Brilliant if you like this type of place, but there was no protection whatsoever from today's strong wind.

Longlands Fell summit with a view across to Great Cockup (behind) and Skiddaw (the highest point on the skyline).
Bassenthwaite Lake is just visible on the right of the picture.

Longlands Fell taken from the top of Charleton Gill.

Heading across to Brae Fell. I say 'across' but it's actually 'up'. It just isn't very steep.

Brae Fell summit in front of High Pike.

Looking over the lumps and bumps of the Uldale fells to Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man and Bakestall.

Looking back to Brae Fell.

That's Meal Fell down there. We are going to Meal Fell but first of all we're heading up to Great Sca Fell (and back).

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

Another picture of Skiddaw. This one showing it a little closer and with all the half melted snow you can really see all the curves and lines that normally blend in with the rest of the fellside. It's also easy to pick out the fence that runs across the side of Skiddaw before heading down to Bakestall.

"It's Knott up there"
"Yes it is I can see it"

We did think about going up there as well but it was absolutely blowing a gale by now and as we'd only be doing an out and back anyway, we decided to make our way down to Meal Fell sooner rather than later in the walk.

Heading down to Meal Fell.

Below us we could see the infant River Ellen which eventually enters the Solway at Maryport.

A view back to Little Sca Fell and Great Sca Fell.

Leaving Meal Fell and heading down to Trusmadoor. Ahead of us is Great Cockup.

Looking down to Frozenfell Gill (the one going off to the left) from the start of the path up Great Cockup.

And a wider view looking in the same direction as the previous picture.

Ponies found just across from the summit on Great Cockup; completely oblivious to the cold, the wind or the wet ground, , , , or so it seems.

Binsey, Overwater and in the far distance Scotland is just and so visible through the haze.

This is one of the many Grouse Butts found in the area, , ,   , , , and with the help of my assistant, we can demonstrate just how deep these things are.

Rather than head straight down to Longlands from Great Cockup, we thought it a good idea to make the walk a little longer by walking back through Orthwaite.

Binsey seen here behind Horsemoor Hills (the farm).

Approaching Orthwaite Farm.


It looks like the mole (mowdy) catcher has been busy.

Overwater seen here in front of Latrigg (not the Keswick one).

And there are the fells we'd walked on today. I didn't lay down in the mud to take this picture. The road was lower down then the field so I stuck my head through the fence.

And to finish, a photo of Chapelhouse Reservoir (pronounced Chapless).

David Hall -
Lake District Walks