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A round from Corney Fell Rd.

2nd April 2021

Route. Corney fell rd. summit - Great Paddy crag - Whitfell - Woodend Height - Hesk Fell - The Pike - Rainsbarrow Wood - Mill - Ulpha Park - Thwaites fell - Corney Fell Rd. ( about 12 miles 3000ft ascent)

At last ! A long awaited return to the fells and I couldn't have wished for a better day. It's difficult to make a circular route from the parking spot at the summit of the Corney Fell road without having a long pull back up at the end of the day but I wasn't going to let that put me off

 

A beautiful crisp morning as I boot up. This is looking Stoneside Hill with Black Combe beyond.

I head off in the other direction following the wall to the Buckbarrow group of hills.

 

A look back from the gentle climb.

Today I followed the wall up and over Great Paddy Crag, you can take a path on the right which keeps to the grass.

 

As I crest the hill I get my first sight of the big fells.

 

Zooming in to Kirk Fell on the left then Great Gable and the Scafell's.

 

Its a steady climb to Whitfell from where there is a superb panorama of England's highest ground.

 

A look back from the extensive cairn and wind shelter.

A walk across the grassy fellside gets me to Woodend Height. Devoke water below. Pillar and the high western fells are visible now.

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It's a brilliant view from Woodend Height you have Devoke Water, then the fells above Eskdale and beyond them Illgill Head and beyond that, Pillar, Red Pike, Scoat Fell and Haycock. Great gable is peeping up just to the right of the great bulk of Kirk Fell and finally the green fields of Eskdale with Scafell above.

My route today though takes me away from the dramatic high fells over the big pudding that is Hesk Fell.

But the views from there are no less stunning with Ill Crag, Esk Pike, the unmistakable mountain shape of Bowfell and then Crinkle Crags.

On the descent the Coniston group come into view from Grey Friar on the left to Caw ( although that's not really part of the Coniston fells ) on the right.

After Hesk Fell comes the steep little pull to The Pike.

Looking back to Hesk Fell

A wide sweep taking in Whitfell, the full Stainton Fell group of fells and Hesk Fell.

From The Pike I took an off piste route down to a quarry marked on the map. Lower Dunnerdale is below with the River Duddon making its way to the Duddon estuary.

And that's the higher reaches of Dunnerdale and the Coniston fells from above the quarry.

 

I managed to find a way into Rainsbarrow wood. The path through higher section seemed to be little used but was a lovely with the dappled sunshine lighting up the mossy tumbledown walls

The lower section seems more well used . It's a good job they apologised as I was going to send a stiffly worded E-mail to the forestry commission expressing my disgust at the inconvenience of having to open ( and close ) two gates. It really took the edge off the day though :-)

The Pike seen over the cottages at Mill.

From The Mill the path rises steadily up to Ulpha Park passing the accurately named Castle How on the way.

Just before you enter the track by the plantation there is a view over an old barn to Grey Friar.

The track through Ulpha Park

There is a short descent to the farm at Logan Beck Bridge. Penn in the background.

I'm now faced with the 900ft climb back to the top of the pass. The tops of the Buckbarrow fells are just visible on the skyline. I took the grassy hillside which cuts out a big dog-leg on the road.

A long range look back with the Pike and the Ulpha Park in the foreground.

 I meet the road at Mere Crags. That's the top of Stoneside Hill in the distance and although it's a climb I probably wouldn't want to do again the pull back to my car wasn't too bad ( although you have to keep your eyes and ears open as the road is quite busy.

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