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Burnmoor Corpse Road (pass)

 


This is as lonely and as eerie a stretch of fell as you're ever likely to encounter. With the only interruptions to the moorland being Burnmoor Tarn and the sinister looking Burnmoor Lodge. If you should happen upon this spot when the mist is down then you really will feel the need to keep looking over your shoulder.

Prior to the church yard at Wasdale Head being consecrated, upon their passing, the local people had to be carried over this route for burial at St Catherine's church just outside the tiny hamlet of Boot in Eskdale. The bodies, or coffins if they were wealthy enough to afford one, would be strapped onto the back of a horse and taken over the moors. Not quite the most dignified way to end your time on earth, but needs had to be met and this was the only realistic option at the time.

 

 

 

 


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Choose a walk that includes this place
The number of walks to choose from is 6

13th September 2015
  The Roof of England 10.5 mile 4500 ft
Wasdale Head - Down in the Dale - Brackenclose - Lingmell (direct) - Lingmell Col - Scafell Pike - Mickledore - bottom of Foxes Tarn gully - Mickledore - Lord's Rake - Scafell - Long Green - Slight Side - Long Gill - Hardrigg Gill - base of Hard Rigg - Corpse Road - Brackenclose - Down in the Dale - Wasdale Head
 

7th August 2014
  Scafell and Slight Side from Eskdale Green 15 mile 4100 ft
Eskdale Green - Giggle Alley - Porterthwaite - Miterdale - Low Place - Miterdale Head - Burnmoor Tarn - Burnmoor Lodge - Bulatt Bridge - Hard Rigg - Green How - Scafell - Slight Side - Broad Tongue - Hardrigg Gill - Bulatt Bridge - Eskdale Moor - Brat's Moss - Blea Tarn - Fell End - Hollin How - Eskdale Green
 

20th May 2012
  Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 14 - Burnmoor Corpse Road 14.5 mile 2500 ft
Brackenclose - Burnmoor Tarn - Boot - Eskdale valley - Eskdale Green - Miterdale - Tongue Moor - Brackenclose
 

15th September 2011
  Scafell to Whin Rigg and Wast Water 14.4 mile 5000 ft
Brackenclose - Hollow Gill - Hard Rigg - Scafell - Long Green - Slight Side - Long Gill - Hard Rigg Gill - Maiden Castle Cairn - Illgill Head - Whin Rigg Tarn - Whin Rigg - side of Great Hall Gill - Lund Bridge - Low Wood - Wasdale Hall - road back to Brackenclose
 

27th March 2011
  Miterdale, Burnmoor Tarn and Eskdale 10 mile 1200 ft
Eskdale Green - Giggle Alley - Porterthwaite - Low Place - Miterdale - Burnmoor Tarn - Eskdale Moor - Brat's Moss - Boot - St Catherine's Church - low Wood - Forge Bridge - Eskdale Green
 

23rd September 2008
  There are just so many things to see if you wander about - Scafell and Slight Side 7.6 mile 3300 ft
Wasdale Road - Brackenclose - Green How - Sca Fell - Slight Side - Broad Tongue - Hardrigg Gill - Bulatt Bridge - Burnmoor Tarn - Maiden Castle Cairn - Corpse Road into Wasdale - Bracken Close - Wasdale Road
 



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