12th October 2008

Seclusion on the northern fells - Longlands Fell to High Pike


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 13.30
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 11.3 mile
Ascent 2560 ft
Walking with On my own
Longlands - Longlands Fell - Little Sca Fell - Great Sca Fell - Knott - Lingy Hut - High Pike - Deer Hills - Ingray Gill - Felslide - Branthwaite - Charlton Wath (ford) - 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

Binsey seen here about ten minutes after setting out, which is all it took for me to walk through the shade and into the sunshine.

Gaining a little height now and looking back down Longlands Fell to Aughertree Fell on the left of the picture (pronounced Afatree).

Longlands Fell summit.

And the view back up to Longlands Fell.

Crossing the top of Charlton Gill; somewhere I keep promising myself I'll explore someday, but never seem to get around to doing.


A nice long distance view towards the west coast, past Meal Fell, Great Cockup, Bassenthwaite Lake, Overwater and Binsey.

Great Sca Fell summit with the Skiddaw fells behind.

Looking back to Great Sca Fell.

Knott summit.
Where to now? I did have a couple of ideas in my head, but while I was here I suddenly thought it would be nice to have a walk through the area between Fellside and Longlands. To get there I'd first need to head across to High Pike (the high point behind the cairn). To say the least, the route from here to Lingy Hut was wet under foot. It wasn't that deep, it was just consistently wet; never mind, skin doesn't let in.

Still on Knott summit, this time looking towards the Skiddaw fells and beyond.

Photographs never seem to do them justice, but I love walking through places like this. If I were asked why more than anywhere else I enjoy these lonely areas of bleak moorland, I'd struggle to think of a decent answer though. I suppose the thing that strikes me most of all is the sense of seclusion. And even though you can occasionally manage to walk in other, more mountainous areas without seeing anyone for hours, it simply doesn't feel the same; not to me anyway.

Lingy Hut. You can't really tell from this picture, but the hut has been re-felted.

And a view back to Knott.

High Pike summit. this where I saw the first people since setting out.


Lots of space to wander about here.

A close up of Caldbeck.

Lunch with a view.

Back to civilisation now. Well, not quite, but it is a decent track that leads to Fellside.

The old school at Fellside. This is obviously someone's house now, but the door seen here still has "Boys" above it and the other door still has "Girls" carved into the stonework.
At one time this would have been used by the children from all the surrounding farms, and not just the ones close by. My grandfather actually went to this school, walking there and back from Snowhill Cottage everyday, in every weather and at all times of year. How times have changed!

A little further on from the old school you pass through the lovely hamlet of Branthwaite.


Crossing the bridge over the wonderfully named Burblethwaite Beck.

Not every body gets the day off on a Sunday.


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Lake District Walks