15th April 2010

A change of plan to get a sunny walk


Walk Overview
Time 13.45 to 15.45
Duration 2 hr
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Wath Bridge - Nannycatch Road - Nannycatch Gate - Dent - Black How - Wath Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Wath Bridge, Cleator Moor

There isn't a huge selection of walks that can be done from here. In fact the only real option is Flat Fell and Dent. I know these can be walked by a few different routes, but that's about it.

One piece of useless information is that one of the fields next to the bridge is the western most point in the Lake District.


Route Map

I know today's forecast was for cloud to move progressively southwards across the region, but what I didn't expect was for it to be such a clear cut bank of cloud. I'd actually set off to walk up Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Ladyside Pike but once I realised I was driving out of the sunshine and into the shade, I had a change of mind and headed across here instead. The irony is that I drove from home to Cockermouth, through Lorton and Loweswater and back to a point which is only about ten minutes from where I set off from in the first place.

It's just as well petrol is so cheap these days, , , , but that's a whole different can of worms.


Looking across to Frizington from the walk up Nannycatch Road.


I think I may have ruined the day for a group of people along here. They were on their first day of the coast to coast walk and although they were walking up to Flat Fell, they actually thought they were on Dent. Once I'd convinced then I really did know the area, the look of disappointment on their faces said it all.
"No need to worry" I said, "I can show you how to get back on route or I if you like, I can tell a you quick route up to Dent summit". They opted for the route up Dent. So at least they were able to get back on track without the need to back track too much.

Looking down the path I followed to Nannycatch Gate.
The higher fell in the background is Lank Rigg.


At Nannycatch Gate and looking along the coast to coast route.

I took this picture of the route I'd just followed from the gate at Nannycatch Gate.

Raven Crag (not the Thirlmere one) on the left and Flat Fell straight ahead.

A view down to Uldale, taken just before the path gets really steel.
Guess who I saw again just after taking this picture. Now they were back on track and over the initial disappointment, the group I met earlier were OK again, enjoying themselves and very thankful I'd been there to help them out.

Looking across to Blakeley Rise and Lank Rigg.

This must be one of the highest and steepest stiles I've ever seen.
Notice the bank of cloud; slowly getting closer, but still far enough away to allow me to do the whole walk in sunshine, , , except the bit where I was walking through the trees, but that doesn't count. Changing my mind had definitely paid off today.

Looking across to the coast from Dent's summit.

and in the opposite direction, a view of the Lake District fells.

Leaving Dent summit with a view across Cleator Moor, Whitehaven and the Cumbrian coast.


Back on the road now at Black How farm.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks