Sunday, 19th July

             

            

 

Walk: Binsey, Great Cockup, Meal Fell, Great Sca Fell, Brae Fell, Longlands Fell, Chapelhouse Reservoir
Start Point: Binsy Cottage Grid Reference: NY 236 351
Distance: 12.2 miles Ascent: 3,500 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Some clouds threatened early on but it turned out to be a mainly sunny day, albeit with a cold wind on the fells
Comments: A group of 15, including 3 members of the Lancashire Weekend Walkers group, turned out on a day that had been forecast to bring 'sunshine and showers' - and were rewarded with lots of sunshine and no showers. The day started with a quick romp to the summit of Binsey from where we could look across the Solway Firth to the hills of Dumfries and Galloway. Having walked back down to the cars to pick up our backpacks, we continued across the valley and were pleased to see no sign of the buzzard that bombarded us last time - UNTIL - it spotted us and began its countless warnings, flying just over our heads, but at no time showing any signs of actually attacking us. Dragging the group away from this spectacular display, widely recorded on camera, we made our way up Orthwaite Bank and on to Great Cockup. After dropping down to Trusmadoor we were faced with another climb up to Meal Fell and a last drag up to Great Sca Fell. By this time comments about the 'roller-coaster' nature of the walk were rife! Fortunately from this point on there were only gentle 'undulations' as we moved smartly on to Brae Fell. Another 'downhill' stretch brought us to the head of Charleton Gill where we found a sheltered spot to eat lunch. Suitably refreshed we were soon on the summit of Longlands Fell and a gradual walk down to Chapelhouse Reservoir before completing the road and track sections on the way back to the cars.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Bassenthwaite peeps through the gap as we start to climb Binsey . . .

 

and rain clouds threaten above but . . .

 

come to nothing as we reach the summit

 

A buzzard glides in from the trees . . .

 

and heads down to swoop over the group . . .

 

but on another pass I manage to capture a shot from below, showing its lovely summer plumage

 

No sooner have we got rid of the buzzard than the sheep head straight for us

 

The Ullock Pike and Longside Edge ridge make a good silhouette from the Orthwaite Road . . .

 

and as we climb Orthwaite Bank Skiddaw towers above Bakestall

 

Discussion reveals that this is one of the grouse butts in the area - lower in the centre than on the outside

 

Morning coffee is taken overlooking Binsey - our stating point . . .

 

before reaching the unimpressive cairn on Great Cockup

 

Longlands Fell doesn't look for from here - but we're not going in a straight line!

 

Heading down to Trusmadoor . . .

 

and climbing back up we can see down Burntod Gill

 

Is it lunchtime yet? Some of the group gather hopefully in the shelter on Meal Fell . . .

 

but are disappointed as we continue on to Great Sca Fell . . .

 

where most of the group are unaware that the photographer is in action again

 

Mandy and Ruth take a shortcut and wait for the group inside the Little Sca Fell shelter

 

Brae Fell is a good vantage point to see most of today's walk - including Binsey . . .

 

and to capture most of the group

 

The head of Charleton Gill provides some shelter for a lunch stop . . .

 

before continuing on to Longlands Fell . . .

 

where some of the group check our progress . . .

 

before we start on the homeward journey . . .

 

along a pleasant green path - with Skiddaw in the distance

 

Passing Chapelhouse Reservoir . . .

 

with Skiddaw again popping up in the distance . . .

 

it's time to adjust the layers . . .

 

and check out the rest of the route

 

Nearly back at the cars we spot a conveniently placed seat . . .

 

which is not really for adults!

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