9th June 2007

The Northern, Northern fells


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 12.45
Duration 4 hr
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 1940 ft
Walking with On my own
Longlands - Longlands Fell - Lowthwaite Fell - Brae Fell - Green Head - Ellerbeck Common - Aughertree Fell - Sworley - 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

The lovely little hamlet of Longlands found in the far North of the Lake District.

What a lovely morning for today's walk, one which I'd intentionally kept for a day just like this. It was quite hazy on the fells so I knew I wouldn't be getting great long distance views if I'd gone into the high fells. The sun was out though, and it was really hot, so I thought this was the day to visit Aughertree Fell (pronounced Afatree) via Longlands Fell and Brae Fell. Of course the other school of thought is to visit these out of the way smaller fells and their surrounding countryside on bad days; which is a shame really. Just because they're not on a par with the "big popular ones" doesn't mean they shouldn't be seen at their best.

Overwater and Binsey (Binsa).

Great Cockup with a hazy Bakestall and Skiddaw behind.

Walking across the top and looking down into one of the tributaries of Charleton Gill.

The route I took between Longlands Fell, seen here on the right and Brae Fell isn't very long, but it does cross through an area of wide open fellside where for a brief time you really do feel as though you've well and truly got away from it all.

And walking through (not across the top of) the other tributary on Charleton Gill. What a fantastic place.

A close up of Norman farm.

And looking in the same direction, this time with Aughertree Fell running across the skyline.


What a lovely spot or at least it is on a day like this. I'm sure with being situated at over 900ft they must get more than their fair share of bad weather.

A couple of minutes or so later I passed the strangely named Burblethwaite farm.

Green Head.

Walking along the road through Ellerbeck Common with Snowhill Farm behind and Snowhill Cottage on the left of the picture.

Cattle next to the roadside near Snowhill Farm.

Snowhill Cottage.
There's actually a family connection with this area and in particular the cottage. My Grandfather was born in Caldbeck (1905) but before moving to Ireby when he got married he spent part of his childhood living at Snowhill Cottage while his farther worked at Snowhill Farm. I can still remember listening to him telling us stories of how they used to live up here in "the olden days".
How times change though, mostly for the better I should add, but not quite in every way.
There was an article on the news the other day about the environment and how people making short car journeys are helping to, well, , ruin it basically. The worst culprits are apparently people on "the school run"; we all know who I mean, those who live five minutes walk from the school, but are so lazy they still think they need to drive their kids there and back or perhaps it's because they like the other parents to see their 4x4. That's OK if it's bucketing down; after all, there's no point in having a car sitting outside the house and then going out to get soaked is there. Imagine though, if you had no option but to set your kids off to walk almost three mile to school on their own, in all weathers and through the middle of nowhere. Then when they'd walked the three mile back they were expected to start helping out on the farm.
How on earth did kids manage in those days without TV, computer games, mobile phones and £10 pound a week pocket money.
As I said, how times have changed.

One of the Grouse Butts on Aughertree Fell.

And one of the disused quarries.

Uldale with Binsey on the skyline taken from Aughertree summit.

And a close up picture looking across to Ireby.

And a not so close up picture looking across to Ireby.

The ruined farm building marked on the map as Sworley.

One final picture showing a recently cut field near Longlands.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks