14th July 2013

A Barkbethdale route onto Bakestall


Walk Overview
Time 1.20 to 5pm
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 1900 ft
Walking with On my own
High Side - Southerndale Ford - Barkbethdale - Broad End - Bakestall - Cockup - Peter House Farm - road back to High Side
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, High Side, Bassenthwaite

The half dozen or so spaces near High Side offer a nice and handy option for access to the Ullock Pike ridge or the Bakestall area. Although there aren't many spaces this is somewhere I've always been able to get a space and it is free.


Route Map

Bassenthwaite Lake and Bassenthwaite (the village) seen from the road next to the start point for todays walk.

The sign at the bottom of the field told me there were cows and calfs in here and then it asked me not to disturb them. That's handy to know, I've been chased by cows in the past and as a result, I always give them more room than they probably want.


Looking up to Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl Side taken from what is arguably the entrance to Southerndale.

The sheepfold below Watches.

Southerndale and Barkbethdale are separated by a grassy ridge made up of Little Knott, Great Knott and Buzzard Knott. I crossed over close to Little Knott and here I am in Barkbethdale looking across to Binsey.

Looking ahead, you may be able to see the path I followed. It runs diagonally up the fellside opposite. Through the heather / below the scree.

This is the point where the path crosses the head of Barkbethdale. That's Binsey over there and although it's a bit too hazy to see them, the Scottish hills are in the far distance.

I was pleasantly surprised at just how breezy it was up here today. It certainly kept things much cooler than the previous few days.

The recent good weather has kept the farmers busy and the result is a patchwork of different coloured fields.
Talking about good weather, for the previous few years the jump in price of lots of food items was blamed on the crap weather and ruined crops. Well, that hasn't been the case this year so I wonder if we can look forward to a sudden drop in prices. And for that we'll be told to thank the good weather, , , , I doubt it.

A view down / across to Bakestall. Given the terrain, it was easier to stick to the path and gain more height than was actually needed. The alternative was to try and judge the correct height and traverse around the north side of Broad End.

Clumps of Cotton Grass (AKA Bog Cotton) in front of Blencathra.

Looking up to Skiddaw and Skiddaw Little Man from the corner of the fence where you turn onto Birkett Edge.

And from the fence itself I took this picture looking across to Mungrisdale Common, Blencathra and Lonscale Fell.

This is the lower of the two cairns on Bakestall and the one with the better view. Although the other is higher, I suspect everyone who stops for lunch on Bakestall would choose this one sit down.

Crossing Dead Beck.

Heading down to Cockup.

The Uldale Fells seen from Cockup.

Bakestall taken from Cockup.

Countryside, Binsey and a very hazy Solway Firth.

Looking across to Great Cockup and Little Cockup from Cockup. And of you can say all that without laughing under your breath, you need a sense of humour upgrade.

Now it's a simple case of following the wall around to the beck and then turning left at the track that runs from Peter house Farm to Dash Falls. That's Dash Farm on the fellside over there.

This was the second crossing of Dead Beck which is done right above the track I was aiming for.

One more picture of Dead Beck.

Brocklecrag / Great Cockup.

A view back along the road. If you keep walking far enough in that direction you can end up in Threlkeld or at the car park next to Latrigg.


What a lovely country lane.



Passing by the bottom of the lonning to Barkbeth Farm. The high ground above the big tree is Border End where I was earlier in the walk.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks