Walk : Meal Fell (1,770ft), Great Sca Fell (2,131ft), Brae Fell (1,920ft), Longlands Fell (1,580ft) from Longlands

Date : 1st October 2015

Weather : Scorching hot, clear blue skies @ 20C

 

Distance : 7 miles round trip

Time Taken : 1 hour 25 mins to first summit (Meal Fell)

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

 

Overview

 

This walk from the farm at Longlands is the most charming of walks in the Uldale area. Guaranteed peace and tranquillity on these remote fells, but there are good paths throughout

 

 

Given this is the start of October we were blessed with fantastic weather for this walk with bright sunshine and nothing but blue sky

 

 

From the main Keswick to Carlisle road follow the signs to Orthwaite and then on to Longlands. Beware this is a very narrow track in parts so if you are in a car be prepared

to back track a little for oncoming vehicles. Either way at Longlands there is parking space for a few vehicles just in front of a gate that gives access to an old bridle road

 

 

Through the gate and an early view of what will be our final fell of the day Longlands Fell

 

 

From the gate, turn right and head off down a footpath that runs parallel with Longlands Beck

 

 

The easy grass path follows the line of the stone wall

 

 

The path skirts around the base of Lowthwaite Fell and swings left

 

 

Follow the path and cross over the River Ellen and head for the small series of hillocks that guide you to the pass of Trusmadoor

 

 

Climbing up towards Trusmadoor

 

 

On arrival at the top of the pass, on your left you will see a narrow track that climbs steeply and directly to the summit of Meal Fell, but this can be avoided for the more

gentle option of staying on the main path as it bends round the northern face of the fell

 

 

Looking back to Burntod Gill from the path

 

 

Following the track that climbs more gently to the summit looking back at Great Cockup

 

 

The summit of Meal Fell soon comes into sight

 

 

The shelter cairn summit on Meal Fell

 

 

We had to move over to the subsidiary cairn to avoid an attack of flying ants before we could think about lunch

 

 

Looking over the Solway Firth towards Scotland

 

 

Having a meal on Meal Fell Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit https://youtu.be/WknQ59kEoWc

 

 

The direct foot path to the next fell of the day Great Sca Fell

 

 

The make shift summit of Great Sca Fell. This is in fact a cross roads linking to a number of other Wainwright Fells

 

 

Looking towards Skiddaw from the summit

 

 

We had the great fortune of bumping in to this guy who had just run down to Great Sca Fell from The Knott with his 4 legged companion. Once a full time fell runner

Alongside the great Jos Naylor, this chap had already ran 18 kilometres when he met with us !! no longer a competitor he does it for fun now. Much respect !!!

 

 

We then hopped across to Little Sca Fell (not a classified Wainwright) but a magnificent view across to Skiddaw

 

 

Our next Fell of the day .. Brae Fell just over a mile away

 

 

Approaching the summit cairn on Brae Fell

 

 

Sue turns her hand to a bit of Cairn construction on the summit of Brae Fell

 

 

We head off down the bridal way towards Longlands Fell. It runs alongside Lowthwaite Fell and crosses the top of Charleton Gill

 

 

Charleton Gill

 

 

Navigation is easy if you stick to the bridleway

 

 

On the summit of Longlands Fell and all this heat is getting to Sue !! Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RakbH2DJFck

 

 

The gradual descent from the summit down the north ridge. A well trodden path that leads unerringly back to the start point

 

 

Looking back from the descent

 

 

The track back to the start point and a view of Overwater along the way, at the end of a cracking day out on the Fells

 

 

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