Route: Binsey

Area: Northern Lake District

Date of walk: 25th March 2018

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 4.4 miles

Ascent: 970 feet

Weather: Patchy sunshine

Binsey is an isolated fell in the far north western corner of the Lake District. Its slopes are gentle and grassy and it would be difficult to get lost here. The remote position of Binsey means that it is unfrequented, and so makes it an ideal choice for a quiet Sunday afternoon fell walk

There is access to the fell through a gate at the side of the A591 road, just beyond the small hamlet of Bewaldeth. I parked on a small lane on the other side of the A591 and after crossing the road started the easy climb, which is initially up a green lane flanked by trees. After passing through a gate the going becomes slightly steeper but it’s an easy climb. Before long I was on the lovely summit of the fell, marked by a cairn, a heap of stones and a couple of stone shelters

After admiring the views into lakeland looking one way, and to the Solway Firth and Scotland looking the other, I started to descend in the direction of Overwater. The descent was as easy as the ascent had been, and there were some good views to admire on the way down

When I reached the foot of the fell, near Binsey Lodge, I joined the quiet lane which leads back into Bewaldeth, skirting around the foot of Binsey as it does so. Although this was a lengthy section there was no traffic at all and it was an enjoyable stroll through unspoilt countryside with more good views along the way. After passing through Bewaldeth I walked along the wide verge of the A591 back to the start. This is the only black mark against an otherwise perfect walk. However this road section was only for a few hundred yards and was over in less than 5 minutes – a small price to pay for all the pleasure that had preceded it

For other walks here, visit my Find Walks page and enter the name in the ‘Search site’ box

Click on the icon below for the route map (subscribers to OS Maps can view detailed maps of the route, visualise it in aerial 3D, and download the GPX file. Non-subscribers will see a base map)

Scroll down – or click on any photo to enlarge it and you can then view as a slideshow

Previous walk: « | Next walk: »