Sunday, 26th June 2016

Walk: Langden House, Langden Brook, Langden Castle, Bleadale, Fairsnale Fell, Fiensdale Head, Fiensdale Nab
Start Point: Langden Intake west of Dunsop Bridge on roadside car park Grid Reference: SD 632 511
Distance: 9.8 miles Ascent: 1,500 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: A  dry start but wet for our return route.

10 walkers set out from the roadside car park making our way to Langden House and on into the lonely valley of  Langden Brook. A spell by the level flood plain and beck following the rough track made a couple of brief steep climbs and onwards to finally see the roof top of Langden Castle appearing on the horizon. The Castle was very disappointing, a small building now used as a shooters and shepherd lodge as a shelter. From the front of the Castle we headed away through the reeds to ford Langden Brook above its confluence with Bleadale Water. Once over the Brook we remained on the East side of the fence and had our coffee break.
Onwards up the valley and the upper confines of Bleadale we wound our way mainly single file along the pathway above the flowing stream below. After another confluence is passed tiny streamlets form Bleadale Water and a Waterfall appear creating a timeless silence, and looking back down the valley we could almost retrace our climb up the valley with the fine trodden track through the deep heather.
Out onto the moor at the top the path reaches a junction with a fence rising from Saddle Fell. We followed the fence onward towards another route out onto Wolf Fell, but not our destination today. We stopped for lunch taking shelter from the now strong wind and the imminent rain which was forecast for around 2pm. After lunch we climbed to a corner of Fair Snape Fell and marker stone No 28 where we turned towards a cairn, the highest point on our walk. We followed an easy descent north west to Fiensdale Head and a mossy  peat terrain with a few water spots to cross. Eventually we reached a path of new stone flags making a welcome firm base to continue downwards, and  onto a heathery pathway again single file walking. This path remained visible way ahead of us as it contoured the heathery flanks. Within minutes the way improved and the valley floor came suddenly in the form of a rapid descent to Fiensdale Nab. We crossed Bleadale Water again to access a pathway taking us back to Langden Castle. All we then had to do was to retrace our steps back to the car park at Langden Intake.  

Getting ready

Starting out

Fiensdales upper reaches

Looking back to the start

Memorial to our Airforce Lads

This is it! Langden Castle

Coffee stop

Narrow pathway

Easy does it

Silent Waterfall

Top of the moor

Stop for lunch

Cairn on the top

Homeward down the valley

The End, Wet but safe

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