2nd April 2017

Walk 1 - Whitfell from the top of Corney Fell Road

Time 9 to 11:40am
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent somewhere close to 1200 ft
Walking with Paul Sharkey
Fell road summit - Stoneside Hill - Fell road summit - Peg Crag - Little & Great Paddy Crag - Buck Barrow - Whitfell - Burn Moor - Kinmont Buck Barrow - Fell road summit
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Roadside, Corney fell road summit

This is a very quiet and secluded place for walkers where you set off from high up on the road overlooking the Irish Sea on one side and the southern Lakeland Fells on the other. Discounting the grass verge there's room on here for about 10 cars and needless to say parking is free.

Route Map


I arrived at the top of Corney Fell road under blue sky & sunshine this morning. There was nothing in the way of a breeze but it was a little cooler than the photo would lead you to believe; although, at a height of 1300ft ASL, that was no shock. As I was slightly earlier than the agreed time I thought I'd head across the dew drenched fellside to spend a few moments of seclusion up there on Stoneside Hill.
From the top I could look across to the point on Corney Fell road where quite a few years ago I had a motorbike accident which was almost the end of me.


Looking across to Black Combe from Stoneside Hill.

And turning around, I look back to the car, to Buck Barrow and to Kinmont Buck Barrow. Time to get back to the car in case Paul turns up and finds an empty vehicle sitting there. I wouldn't like him to think I've been abducted by Aliens (again) or fallen down a well or something.

Right, after my little addition to the days events we begin our first walk of the day. This one would see us doing a, not quite, straight there and back walk to Whitfell. I understand this might not be the easiest place to get to (unless you're already near the coast) but for those folk with a liking for seclusion, grassy terrain, and a preference for beginning walks from high altitude, this is the place to come.

Burn Moor and Whitfell seen from Buck Barrow.


Here's a close up of Sellafield, the Cumbrian coast and the high ground around St Bees Head.

Zooming in on Whitfell with the higher fells around Wasdale behind. Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Scafell, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Slight Side.


Ahead of us is Burn Moor (left) and Whitfell (right). Fantastic walking around here today and not nearly as wet under foot as I expected it to be.

At Whitfell summit with it's massive cairn, shelter and trig column.


Another close up and this time it's Esk Pike, Bow Fell and the lumps & bumps of Upper Eskdale.

Blimey, what a view you get from Whitfell summit.

Looking back to Whitfell.

And before we had time to say "what happened to the sunshine", we arrive on Kinmont Buck Barrow to find the summit slowly being taken over by cloud.


You wouldn't believe it was the same morning would you.

And to finish, we look across to the coast and discus the merits of walking in fantastic places like this.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks