Route: Binsey

Area: Northern Lake District

Date of walk: 5th March 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.4 miles

Ascent: 970 feet

Weather: Sunny

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 weekend fell walk. For anyone looking to simply bag a Wainwright, the job could be accomplished in a hour by a there and back walk from the A591 or from Binsey Lodge on the other side of the fell. That would be a shame though and would omit some of the many charms of this quiet corner of the district

We parked on a small lane on the other side of the A591 just beyond the small hamlet of Bewaldeth. After crossing the road we passed through the waymarked access gate to the fell and 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 we were on the lovely summit of the fell, marked by a cairn, a trig point 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, we 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 we reached the foot of the fell, near Binsey Lodge, we 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 we 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

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