11th March 2014

Muncaster Tarn and Muncaster Fell


Walk Overview
Time 4:20 to 5:30pm
Duration 1 hr 10 min
Distance 3 mile
Ascent 600 ft
Walking with On my own
A595 (Nr Muncaster Castle) - Fell Lane - Muncaster Tarn - Muncaster Fell - Muncaster Tarn - Fell Lane - A595 (Nr Muncaster Castle)
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, A595, Muncaster Castle

This is actually a lay-by found just down the road from the main Muncaster Castle car park. On the occasions I've parked here it has been for no other reason than it's closeness to Muncaster Fell.


Route Map


I managed to grab a short walk up Muncaster Fell after work today. The weather had been perfect all day but as we all know, real life often gets in the way of the things we enjoy the most so I was forced to spend all day wishing it was Saturday or Sunday. Once the daily duties were over and after only a couple of mile detour from the normal drive home, I was parked up just along the road from Muncaster Castle.

The aptly named Fell Lane leads from the main road to Muncaster Tarn.

On route to the tarn you get views across to the fells around the Devoke Water area.


Muncaster Tarn was lovely this evening. Not a breath of wind allowed crystal clear reflections to form on the water.



A little way up from the tarn and through the woods, you catch first sight if Muncaster Fell summit.

At the top now and if you look in this direction you can see Yoadcastle, Stainton Pike, Whit Fell and Black Combe. Or, , , ,

, , , , if you look in this direction you have a view of the fells around Wasdale, including Buckbarrow, Middle Fell, Pillar, Kirk Fell, Illgill Head Scafell and on the far right, is Bow Fell.

Just left of centre you can see the bottom section of the Birker Fell road. It doesn't look very steep from here; but it is.

A close up of Yewbarrow and Kirk Fell.

There was a slight haze affecting the long distance views but I could still make out the cars twisting and turning their way down Hardknott Pass.

A view across to the coast shows that the sun only had about one more hour of life left today.

I spent a good 15 minutes sitting here with just myself and my thoughts for company. Utter peacefulness.
"So what were you thinking about then"
"nowt specific. I worked my way from left to right naming all the fells, I thought about what to have for tea and sort of decided where to walk if I took the afternoon off tomorrow, , , as I said, nowt specific"

One final close up before I made my way back down towards the tarn again.

In a month or so this area will be putting on a fine display of Rhododendrons.

When I got back to the tarn the sun was close to dropping behind the trees and the whole place was beginning to light up with the most gorgeous colours.



This is about as good as it gets in the reflections department.

And here you have a pheasant feeder, or perhaps it's a feasant pheeder. I assume it was put here by the local pheasant plucker or even the pheasant plucker’s son. I met him up here once and he was a really friendly guy. In fact, you could say he was a pleasant pheasant plucker.


Long shadows were stealing their way across the fields as I made my way back to reality and the inevitable noise and dust of the A591. The eventide was bringing with it a coolness and the fells, they were taking on that distinctive evening glow. It seemed a shame that the walk had to end so soon after it had began and, although I'd missed the splendour of Lakeland on such a perfect day, I was pleased to have been out and about to witness the day drawing to a close.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks