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Lake District Walks

Buck Barrow & Whitfell

Date: 28th Oct 2013
Distance: 5.5 miles
Ascent: 1082 feet
Time: 3 hours 20 mins
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SD149896

Walk Summary:
A walk out to Buck Barrow and Whitfell from the top of Corney Fell Road returning via Burn Moor and Kinmont Buck Barrow.

Route Summary: Corney Fell Road - Great Paddy Crag - Buck Barrow - Whitfell - Burn Moor - Kinmont Buck Barrow - Corney Fell Road - Stoneside Hill - Corney Fell Road

Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.

Looking down on the Duddon Estuary
Great Paddy Crag briefly illuminated by the sun
Kinmont Buck Barrow from Great Paddy Crag
Approaching Buck Barrow
The top of Buck Barrow
Stainton Pike
By the trig point on Whitfell
Looking back at Whitfell
By one of the small cairns on Burn Moor
The large cairn on the top of Kinmont Buck Barrow
Enjoying the view of the West Cumbrian coast from Kinmont Buck Barrow
The sun briefly illuminates Caw
Buck Barrow and Kinmont Buck Barrow from Stoneside Hill


Walk Detail: For my third and final walk of an enjoyable weekend based at the Black Cock Inn in Broughton-in-Furness it was a toss up between this walk and a visit to Great Stickle. The latter is a walk I've wanted to do for ages and in fact seven years previously I'd set out to do the walk but couldn't find anywhere to park the car. Ultimately though the lure of bagging two more Deweys (hills over 500m) made me plump for this walk.

From Broughton I had a nice drive up to the top of the Corney Fell Road where I parked the car. As with the previous day it was extremely windy (further south in the country there were some particularly bad storms forecast). Again, similar to the previous day there was plenty of blue sky off the coast and over the Duddon Estuary but the cloud above the hills stubbornly refused to move.

From the top of the road it was an easy and enjoyable walk following the wall up on to Buck Barrow, the first top of the day. The summit features a number of rocky outcrops which I clambered about carefully in the gusty wind. The views were good, especially down in to the Duddon valley though the higher fells around Eskdale and Wasdale were largely obscured by the cloud.

Leaving Buck Barrow's near neighbour Kinmont Buck Barrow for the return I continued on a fairly faint and in places squelchy path to the highest top of the day, Whitfell. While Whitfell lacks the rocky summit features of the two Buckbarrows it does have a trig point, a large cairn and excellent views north towards Devoke Water and along the coast towards Ravenglass.

Having eaten my lunch in the shelter provided by the cairn I set off back for the car via Burn Moor and then Kinmont Buck Barrow. Apart from a couple of very small cairns Burn Moor was rather featureless. Kinmont Buck Barrow on the other hand had my favourite summit of the day, a wonderful rocky perch overlooking a substantial section of the nearby West Cumbrian coastline.

From Kinmont Buck Barrow I returned to the wall I'd followed on the outward leg to return to the car. At this point the sun finally made headway and broke through the cloud so I continued past the car to the top of Stoneside Hill where I then took a few photos looking back at the the fells I'd walked that morning.

This was a good little walk and I look forward one day to visiting the area again, especially the fells to the north and the smattering of hills above Devoke Water.

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