7th August 2007

Not very far, but great to be back onto the fells - An evening walk on Binsey

Walk Overview
Time 17.50 to 19.20
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 2.5 mile
Ascent 690 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Binsey Cottage - Binsey - Ireby Road - Binsey Cottage
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Binsey Cottage

There isn't much room along here I'm afraid; four cars if you're lucky. Then again, and quite wrongly in my opinion, Binsey has a reputation of being an "also visited" fell, so the chances are that you'll still get a parking space.


Route Map

The view across to Ullock Pike, Longside and Carl Side taken from the bottom section of the path on Binsey.
Yippee, back on the fells.
Getting out again after three weeks without walking on the fells felt like getting an early Christmas present. I really did have a feeling of excitement as I took the first few steps past the sheep pens at the start of the walk. Going on holiday is great and it's obviously nice to see different places, but from someone perhaps more than a little biased, nothing really compares to this corner of England.

On more than one occasion I've heard Binsey (pronounced Binsa) described as a waste of time as far as fell walking goes. Stuck out on its own next to the northern fells, Binsey is quite often thought of as nothing more than somewhere that you "need" to visit to add another tick to your list. There's nothing wrong with ticking a list, but If adding ticks is the only reason for walking in the Lakes then it's rather sad; I don't see how could anyone with a genuine passion for the Lake District could possibly describe a view like this as a waste of time.

A close up of Brocklecrag, farm and crag of the same name.
The waterfall on the left of the picture is Whitewater Dash or simply Dash as it's know locally.

It was looking rather dark over the Back O'Skiddaw fells at this point, but it was slowly clearing. When I left home it didn't look too promising at all, so I had it in my mind that I would be pleased to get walk done without getting wet. As it turned out it was a lovely evening; a nice breeze keeping it cool and sunshine for almost the whole walk.

A close up of Dash falls. The path to the right of the falls eventually leads to Skiddaw House.

Binsey summit.

A fine view of the Skiddaw fells.

Rather than simply return by the same path, we decided to take an off path route down to the intake wall on the north east of the fell, where you get some nice views across to Ireby and Uldale.
Thankfully the big black cloud which was above us as I took this picture quickly passed overhead and we did end up getting some clear views of this lovely area.
Notice the rain falling on the hills behind / above Uldale.

That's a bit better!

A close up of one of the ponds found between Binsey and High Ireby.

Looking across to Uldale from the padlocked gate in the intake wall.

And looking a little further around towards Ireby.

Ireby; a very special place, not just for me, but for the whole family. My mother was born and grew up in Ireby, so consequently, as children we had so many great times here visiting our grandparents.

Following the wall towards the woods above the Ireby road.

Looking (not quite) over the wall to Uldale.

A close up of Ruthwaite.




David Hall -
Lake District Walks