27th September 2008

High Seat and Bleaberry Fell


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 12.40
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 5.8 mile
Ascent 1790 ft
Walking with On my own
Ashness Bridge - Ashness Gill - High Seat - Threefooted Brandreth - Bleaberry Fell - Low Moss - Ashness Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Ashness Bridge

This is a large parking area found only a minutes walk from the ever popular Ashness Bridge. Despite most people never walking any further then the said bridge, this is a great place to start a walk onto this end of the central ridge.

Despite its popularity parking is free.


Route Map

Setting out on today's walk was a case of leaving the car park, crossing the road above Ashness Bridge and heading straight onto the fell. There wasn't another soul about when I took this picture. When I returned here at the end of the walk however, the place was packed to overflowing.

Derwent Water.

Ascending the fellside above Ashness farm.

Derwent Water and the north western fells.

The conditions were a bit odd this morning. It was too dark to be light and too light to be dark for the first half of the walk. When the sun did come out for a few short periods it was quite warm and most welcome though.

The view across to the Skiddaw fells, seen from the walk across to High Seat.

I have to say it was much drier across here then I'd expected it to be. This whole area is somewhere most people would generally avoided during and just after spells of wet weather. Given that we've had a couple of weeks without much rain I thought I'd venture up here.

High Seat summit.

Bleaberry Fell summit shelter.

From the other side of the shelter you get a fine view of Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite, the north western fells and just out of shot (right) is the northern fells.

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You may have noticed the slight 'squiggle' on the map after I left Bleaberry Fell. Prompted by the dry condition of the higher fell, I decided to head into the area between Bleaberry Fell and Low Moss to visit a selection of sheepfolds found here.
This is the largest and most ruinous of the three folds found on the eastern side of the area.


This curved wall is marked on the map as Bield.
Bield is another word for shelter.

And another one, this time next to the narrow beck which does its best to drain what is normally a very wet place indeed.

Looking across to Walla Crag.

This is also marked as being a sheepfold and although there is clearly a sheepfold here, at one time there must have been a substantial building of some sort here.

Sunrays above Borrowdale.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks