25th November 2008

Perfect conditions for an afternoon on Muncaster Fell


Walk Overview
Time 12.15 to 15.45
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with On my own
Eskdale Green - The Green Station - Rabbit How - Ross's Camp - Hooker Crag (Muncaster Fell) - Muncaster Tarn - High Eskholme - Muncaster Head - Forge Bridge - Eskdale Green
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces next to Giggle Alley, Eskdale Green

This is a great little car park. Right in the centre of Eskdale Green with a shop down the road and toilets next to the car park. It is a great starting point for a whole host of walks in this area, it's free and more often than not there are empty spaces available.


Route Map

Looking back along the lonning behind 'The Green' station on the La'al Ratty.

Mam - "What have I told you about playing near the railway lines"?
Me - "I wasn't playing, I was just taking a photo".
Mam - "I'm not bothered what you were 'just' doing. Make sure you keep away from there in future".

It was the perfect afternoon to be out and about today; blue sky, no wind, only a handful of people and pleasant enough for me to walk in short sleeves. I should imagine it would have been a different story had I ventured onto the higher fells (except for the blue sky of course).


A fine view through Eskdale towards a small selection of Lakelands higher summits. On the left is Scafell and Slight Side, the middle two fells with a dusting of snow are Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags, the pointed fell on the right hand side is Harter Fell.

This seems a bit substantial for path across here. I can't see that anyone would build this just to make things easier for 'us fell walkers', and if they had, the least they could have done was carry on through the boggy bit. I'm not aware of any mines or quarries along here, unless I've been walking about with my eyes closed that is. So, to get to the point, I've no idea why a modest fell such as this would have an obviously well made path built in this way.

Another view back to Eskdale and the fells.

Ross's Camp.

Needless to say, I walked around that bit.

Muncaster Fell (Hooker Crag) summit.

I had ten minutes sit down up here and I have to say it was simply peace itself. This was one of those rare moments in life when you feel totally content, and for a short time at least, there isn't anything else out there that you want; apart from another sunny day tomorrow.

And from the same place, a close up of the Sellafield site.

The golden tones of a late November afternoon.

Muncaster Tarn; another peaceful spot.

Reflections on Muncaster Tarn.

A shaft of sunlight penetrating into the woods between Muncaster Tarn and the road at High Eskholme.


Now this is a lovely lower level route. Even more so today with the late sun shining straight through the valley.

Tall trees and Rhododendrons.


Muncaster Head farm.

The closing moments of a perfect afternoon.

Forge Bridge.
If you pass this way on a hot summers day, the chances are that you'll find a crowd of youngsters jumping from the bridge into the river. The water was a bit too cold for that today, so I didn't bother !!

David Hall -
Lake District Walks