Muncaster Fell

Muncaster Fell

Route: Muncaster Fell

Area: Southern Lake District 

Date of walk:  3rd September 2020

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 7.1 miles

Ascent: 1,200 feet

Weather: Cloudy and overcast, brightening later on

Muncaster Fell is a long ridge in Eskdale. Its height is only 758 feet which means it can be classified as a Marilyn – a hill or mountain in Britain which has a drop of 150 metres or 492 feet on all sides. The remote location of the fell makes it a good place to get away from the crowds. During the course of 7 miles, I only saw two other walkers

I parked at The Green station, which is on the route of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway (‘La’al Ratty’, meaning ‘little railway’). After walking along the platform I joined a path below it which took me through Bankend Wood and then through fields to Muncaster Head. I’d already decided that I’d walk the low level section first, and then return along the ridge in order to keep the views into lakeland ahead of me on the way back

Beyond Muncaster Head I joined a wide forestry track which runs below the fell, part of the Esk Trail. I made quick progress on this section of the walk. Eventually I left the track and forked uphill to start the easy ascent of Muncaster Fell. I detoured from the main path to visit the OS trig point at the summit. From here the coast and the Irish Sea may clearly be seen, although the weather was indifferent and the views weren’t at their best

I then followed an undulating path across the long ridge, a juicy affair after last night’s torrential rain. There are several paths to choose from and it doesn’t really matter which one you take, as long as you aim in the general direction of Eskdale Green. As I started on the descent, there was an improvement in the weather – better late than never. Eventually I arrived above Muncaster Head and from here I retraced my steps back to the start of an enjoyable walk

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