Dash Falls and Bakestall

Name of walk Dash Falls and Bakestall
Date of walk 2017-07-05
Distance walked (miles) 5
Duration of walk 3 hours 0 minutes
Weather Dull and overcast
Peaks on walk Bakestall
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Peter House Farm

On Wednesday Ged, Kas and I took a walk from Peter House Farm up to Dash Falls and then on up to Bakestall. The Orthwaite Road was closed (bridge work) so we had to find a route via Bassenthwaite Village to get to the farm. We didn’t start walking until the afternoon, when the weather was forecast to improve. There is parking for quite a few cars by the gate.

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There is an easy wide track that leads to the top of Dash Falls then on around the Back o' Skiddaw to Skiddaw House. Across from us is my favourite fell name, Great Cockup.

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Dash Falls is now in view.

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Kas leads the way.

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Dash Falls in close up.

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A 10cm long caterpillar. Almost big enough to trip you up!

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Looking back the way we have walked, and over to Binsey.

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Another view back from the top of the falls.

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We reach the gate but don't go through it, we head up by the wall. This is Birkett Edge and leads directly up to Bakestall. This is the view from Birkett Edge to the Back o' Skiddaw. From here I can see Skiddaw House. It is on the right side of the slope, you can see the trees.

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The same view, but now in close up. The only trees found here are those surrounding Skiddaw House.

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View down Birkett Edge back to the path, from about half way up. Across is Little Calva.

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The forecast sunshine for the afternoon has yet to arrive. We continue on, the last bit is steep, but still easy as it is on grass.

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Bakestall summit. Skiddaw is behind, and the top is still under the cloud. This route up to Skiddaw is much quieter than the motorway route up via Jenkin Hill.

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We make for Bakestall's small cairn with a view.

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Overwater on the left. Unfortunately the light is still poor, what can be seen by the naked eye cannot be seen with my camera.

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Bassenthwaite Lake.

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Looking out over the Uldale Fells.

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We don't stop long on the summit. We head back down to Dash Falls.

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We take a short break looking down on the falls.

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Then we head back the way we came.

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Binsey.

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This is always an attractive, isolated farmhouse.

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Naked sheep.

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The sheep on the path followed us. I think she thought she was chasing Kas away.

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The sun has now decided to show itself, better late than never.

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Fat lamb.

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View to Skiddaw on our way back, now in sunshine and cloud free.......bugger!

The walk blew a few cobwebs away. The route is about five miles in total and took us three hours. Very easy, but be prepared for a steep ascent on grass as you approach the summit.

Jo.

 

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