Lake District Walks
Date: 12th November 2005
Distance: 2.7 miles
Ascent: 722 feet
Time: 1 hours 25 minutes
Start Grid Ref: NY236351
An easy climb up on to Binsey was the perfect appertiser for our week in the Northern Fells of the Lake District.
Route Summary: Binsey Lodge - Binsey - West Crag - Binsey Lodge
1. Bassenthwaite Lake
2. On the summit of Binsey
3. Looking back up to West Crag
4. Lisa on 'Happy Hill'
5. A hawthorn tree
6. A glimpse of Whitewater Dash between Bakestall and Little Calva
Walk Detail: This was the perfect little ‘warm-up’ walk for the afternoon of the first day of our holiday based in Uldale.
After a particularly difficult week at work I felt a real sense of release to be back in open country again. The weather was mainly overcast with patches of sunshine. Although the cloud covered the main Skiddaw group I was still able pick out a number of the Uldale, Grasmoor and Whinlatter fells.
The path to the top of Binsey was most pleasant and very easy to follow. The top itself was highly rated by Wainwright and rightly so, especially for the relative lack of effort it takes to get there. It is covered in piles of stone and commands fine views in every direction.
We descended towards the modest West Crag and then through the dead bracken and past the odd hawthorn to the bridleway. There being no obvious route to Fell End Farm we were fortunate that the path continued through the bracken all the way round the base of the fell back to Binsey Lodge. One imagines that in the height of summer this would not have been possible when the bracken was at full height.
This was a fine little ramble and the smile it put back on my face inspired Lisa to call it ‘Happy Hill’.