Beda Fell

Beda Fell

Far Eastern Lake District

Route: Beda Fell

Area: Far Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 30th September 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 4.9 miles

Ascent: 1,300 feet

Weather: Sunshine and showers

Beda Fell bisects two beautiful valleys in the far east of the district – Howe Grain and Boardale – and thanks to its remoteness it’s a good place to get away from the madding crowds. At the risk of sounding anti-social, the Martindale area in which the fell is located is one of my favourite areas in the lakes

I parked in one of the few roadside spaces by Christy Bridge and after crossing the bridge I climbed up a path which leads to the start of the north ridge of the fell. Having gained the ridge I made my way up to Beda Head (the summit of the fell) via Winter Crag. It was fairly easy going though some heavy rain showers didn’t help progress

Having reached the top I carried on along the ridge across squelchy terrain for some distance until I arrived at Bedafell Knott, where I turned sharp left to begin the gentle descent back into the valley. As I did so I kept a look out for red deer, which I’ve often seen in this area, and sure enough I had a good sighting of a herd of 20 or more

The path took me down to Dale Head and from here it was a stroll along the narrow valley lane back to the start

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