Beda Fell

Beda Fell

Far Eastern Lake District

Route: Beda Fell and Angletarn Pikes

Area: Far Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 8th July 2014

Walkers: Andrew and James

Distance: 7.0 miles

Weather: overcast at start, plenty of sunny intervals later

This was truly a red letter day – red squirrels at breakfast, red deer at lunch and red sky at night

Our son James is on a mission to complete his first round of Wainwright fells and is only a few short of the total (214), so he decided we would climb Beda Fell, starting from Martindale

As we drove over from the west of the district it was raining quite heavily, but as we approached the far east the rain stopped and it was on with the walk. We parked at Martindale and soon gained the ridge leading to the top of Beda Fell. After reaching the summit we descended to Bedafell Knott where we had our picnic and were thrilled to see a red deer just below us. This is a conservation area for red deer and home to the oldest native herd in England so we knew that a sighting was on the cards

As we were munching away at our cheese and tomato sandwiches, James started looking further along the ridge and decided to include Angletarn Pikes in the round, so enabling him to tick off another Wainwright. Up we went to the top of this lovely fell, then came back down the same way, heading down into the valley once back at Bedafell Knott

When we reached valley level, there was a large herd of red deer nearby. We’d brought the long lens, a heavy piece of kit, but it had been worth lugging it up hill and down dale, as the closing pictures will show….

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