13th November 2016

Muncaster Fell From Eskdale Green

Time 8:45am to 1:15pm
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent 1400 ft - close enough
Walking with Jennifer and Paul Sharkey
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


Today we're in Eskdale for a walk over Muncaster Fell. A walk we'd planned a while ago to coincide with a visit from Paul staying with us for the weekend. BUT, would the weather be OK and would the autumn colours still be on display.

Here we turn left off the main road and soon after we begin to realise just how wet and muddy everywhere is today.


Lovely colours, lovely place but look at the ground; thick mud, most of it with a covering of leaves to stop us working out how deep it is. All part of the fun though eh.



From the Eskdale end of Muncaster Fell we look backwards for a view through the valley. If only the sun had been out to show off those colours, but never mind.

Looking towards the west coast with Black Combe in the far distance.

Here we pause for a few minutes to admire the well constructed path along this section of the fell. The folk that built this certainly knew what they were doing. Pity the modern path builders couldn't take note of this - - - - anyone been on Sail recently.

Here's a close up looking through Miterdale to Scafell (under cloud). Whin Rigg / Illgill Head are on the left, Lingmell in the centre and Slight Side on the right. By the end of the walk they'll all be topped with cloud.

And not close up.

Ross's Camp.

As it's remembrance Sunday, about half way across the fell Jennifer suggested we aim to get to the top by 11 o'clock so we could have our 2 minutes silence up here. As it turned out the timing was pretty good; arriving here with about 8 minutes to spare. Jennifer chose to sit down while Paul and I hung about the summit area admiring the view and taking a few pictures. At the appointed time we fell silent and were left to our own thoughts for 120 seconds.
One of us announced that the cloud was touching the top Black Combe.

And in the opposite direction the cloud was quickly covering the fells over there.

Muncaster Tarn reflections.


We make our way through the woods on Chapel Hill.


Heading through Ian's Wood to Eskholme where we'll try to find a good spot for something to eat.

Dinner with a view.

After being fed, watered and amused by Paul throwing a golf ball from the path onto the golf course (see previous picture), we head along this track for a lovely couple of miles walk back towards Eskdale.
Actually it was a pretty good shot to get the ball on the green; even though it didn't actually go down the hole.

Muncaster Head Farm.

And to finish, we look along the road to the King George IV and the outskirts of Eskdale Green.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks