13th September 2008

An unusual route from Threlkeld to visit some mine ruins


Walk Overview
Time 14.05 to 16.45
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with On my own
Threlkeld - Blencathra Centre - Ford at Sinen Gill - Glenderaterra Beck - (above) Derwentfolds - Wescoe - Threlkeld
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Threlkeld village

Threlkeld offers lots of roadside parking. If you should decide to park in the centre of the village instead of using one of the car parks, it really is a case of just turning up and finding a convenient spot.


Route Map

Leaving Threlkeld and heading up the road to the Blencathra Centre.

Slowly gaining height and getting a very nice view across to Low Rigg, Walla Crag and the start of the central ridge.

Lots of mud on the ground as I pass through the car park behind the Blencathra Centre.

I think this thing has seen better days. No doubt it will end up as a heap of rusty metal, but at least the view behind is worth looking at.

As I was busy at home this morning I didn't have too much time for a walk, so I thought I'd use this as an excuse to walk the short stretch of Glenderaterra Beck seen in this picture. I've looked down to the beck and the ruins so many times over the years from both sides of the valley, but I've never actually left the path and walked it.

A slightly closer picture of Great Calva.

The ford over Roughten Gill.

This was the point at which I left the path and headed down the side of the beck.

And looking back to the same place.

I suppose you just never know what you're going to find once you start exploring. From the other side it just looked like a hole in the ground, but from here and when I had a crawl about to look inside it turned out to be a little bridge. Obviously something to do with the mine workings, but I couldn't figure out what.

Glenderaterra Beck.

I know this was only a short walk, but the sunshine along the second half was a nice bonus. I should have set off a little later!

The first of a series of buildings I passed alongside the beck. Notice the leat in front of the ruin.

On the opposite side of the beck there was a more substantial ruin. Unfortunately there was just a bit too much water in the beck for me to walk through.

A little further down from the buildings the off path walking is brought to an end and a decent track develops. Presumably this was the track used by the miners.

And another view looking back.

I was almost down to Derwentfolds now.

Lonscale Fell.


Another picture of Lonscale Fell, this time taken from Wescoe.


A nice walk along this minor road leads you straight back to Threlkeld. The fell in the background is Great Mell Fell.

A view across the fields towards Clough Head and the Helvellyn fells in the far distance.

Back in Threlkeld.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks