Northern Lake District

Route: Bakestall

Area: Northern Lake District

Date of walk: 17th April 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 4.8 miles

Ascent: 1,800 feet

Weather: overcast, very windy and misty on the top

I parked near Peter House Farm and joined the Cumbria Way, heading along the easy track through fields full of sheep and new born lambs. The track gradually rises and becomes rougher as it approaches Dash Falls. It was so windy at this point that the falls were being blown back uphill

I then left the Cumbria Way to strike uphill along Birkett Edge. As I gained height it became apparent that the top of the fell was below cloud level, and much of the ascnet from here was in mist. These are lonely fells and the mist added to the feeling of desolation

I’d intended to make this a circular route by carrying on to Cockup, but there seemed no point is risking one by getting lost, especially when there was nothing to see, so when I reached the summit of Bakestall I retraced my steps back to the car

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