The 3 Most Northern Fells
THREE Wainwright walk: Longlands Fell, Brae Fell, Binsey.
Time: 4 hours (including a short drive from one walk to the other)
Parking: limited free roadside parking at the foot of Binsey (Grid Ref: NY 237351) and at the foot of Longlands Fell (Grid Ref: NY 266358).
|Binsey and Longlands Fell on the horizon, as seen from Barf|
I confess that, while there are some obvious outstanding highlights, overall, I find the Northern Fells the least interesting of the seven Lake District areas set out by Alfred Wainwright. The three most northern of those fells, the low heights of Binsey, Longlands Fell and Brae Fell, are not without interest but, nevertheless, don't really rate amongst those highlights!
These are grassy hills for a gentle stroll with dogs and/or children rather than full-blown Lakeland fells but, as all three must be counted amongst the 214 'Wainwrights', I have described a route that allows you to walk all three, with a 4km car drive required to travel between what is really two separate walks.
|Strava suggests it's 2 km there-and-back to the top of Binsey, plus a separate 7km circular walk|
1) The minor road running along the foot of the Northern Fells goes into a steep dip just to the west of the hamlet of Longlands. Here there is room to park a few cars by the roadside. For a gentler ascent, head north-east along the old track at the bottom of the fellside and then walk up the north ridge of Longlands Fell. For a quicker climb, just head straight up the steep fellside to its summit cairn (1585').
|Walk up the fellside to the summit of Longlands Fell|
2) To the south-west, the Skiddaw range can be seen, as well as the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake.
|The view from the top of Longlands Fell|
|The summit cairn on Brae Fell|
|Skiddaw from Brae Fell|
|The grassy path to the top of Binsey|
9) This low-lying summit (1466') can nevertheless boast a triangulation column, wind shelter and cairns. The many stones on the top of the fell are, in fact, the remains of an ancient tumulus. Although low in height, its isolated position means there are views across a wide range of Lakeland peaks from its top.
|On the top of Binsey|
10) Return to your starting-point by the path that you took to walk up the fell.