Fellbarrow

Route: Fellbarrow

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 1st January 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.0 miles

Ascent: 1,200 feet

Weather: Sun, then rain

For our New Year’s Day walk we chose to revisit Fellbarrow, a grassy fell situated on the edge of the Lake District which offers tremendous views into it. The fell is relatively unknown, and so we’d be untroubled by crowds of walkers in some of the honeypot locations seeking, like us, to blow away the cobwebs

We parked in Low Lorton and after crossing the bridge over the River Cocker we followed the Rogerscale road for a short distance before turning off to climb up the old Mosser Road. The road is unfit for vehicles and is an ideal approach to the ridge leading to Fellbarrow. At the highest point of the road we turned left along a track leading to Hatteringill, which is a ruin and not a settlement. Contrary to the negative weather forecasts the weather was good and there were some superb views across Lorton Vale to mighty Skiddaw in the distance

We left the Hatteringill track just after a gate and climbed up the grassy slopes to the summit of Fellbarrow. From here we continued along the ridge which eventually leads to Low Fell, leaving it after a while to walk across to the path which snakes around the flanks of Sourfoot Fell. The weather deteriorated during our descent to Thackthwaite and by the time we reached the village it was raining and the camera had to be stowed away

From Thackthwaite we followed the quiet country lane back to Low Lorton in ever worsening weather. Despite this we’d enjoyed the outing, especially the valley views seen on our ascent

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