Newton Fell (North)

Name of walk Newton Fell (North)
Date of walk 2018-12-09

I had walked up Newton Fell (South) earlier in the summer, so it was time to do Newton Fell North. I drove to Newby Bridge and headed for Staveley-in-Cartmel. I drove past the church and parked in the Chapel Plantation car park. Brendan and I then walked down to the start of the old section of A590. The walk was about three miles. Newton Fell is one of Wainwright’s Outlying Fells.

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Part of the old A590, the double white lines still showing. There is plenty of parking here, if you want an even shorter walk.

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This narrows to a footpath. White Stone crag on the left, Newton Fell to the right.

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The footpath leads you all the way around the back of White Stone for a gentle ascent on grass.

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There are routes up for climbers from the front, and for scramblers on the side.

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We did have to cross Whitestone Beck, but as there was so much water, we crossed near the wall where it was at its narrowest.

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White Stone summit.

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Views out to the Coniston hills, and the Chapel House Plantation.

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Looking down on Barrow Banks and the A590.

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Newton Fell ahead.

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Just follow the wall. This could be awkward walking when the bracken is high. There is a break in the wall that seems to allow access, as this is where the path goes, but no stile.

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Not far now.

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View back to the hills.

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Top of Newton Fell (north), looking out to sea along the A590.

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Microwave dishes at the highest part of the wall.

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High Newton Reservoirs from the wall.

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Zooming in across Morecambe Bay.

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I cross the wall where there is a junction with another wall, as the summit is on the far side. There is no stile. The wall is between five and six foot high, so care needs to be taken not to damage the wall. I cross it with ease, even with a knee replacement, and no stone moved even a millimeter, but from this side I can't see over, so I'll be walking back down again on this side of the wall! I hope there will be access further down.

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View from the summit.

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Reservoir House.

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Brendan standing on the shorter wall at the junction.

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My route back down. This route ends in another wall perpendicular to the main wall, no stile, but a detour to the right and you can scale a chest height barbed wire fence instead! Super! Again manageable with care, if you climb exactly where the fence meets the wall.......and have long legs!

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I meet up with Brendan again and we continue our route down.

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Climbers on White Stones.

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Two more below.

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The walk was 3.4 miles and took us two and a half hours. If you resist scaling the summit wall, and just look at the summit cairn from a distance, the walk will pose no problems at this time of year. We then went to St. Mary's Church, Staveley-in-Cartmel.

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This morning I watched the Coast Guard Search and Rescue training session at Earnse Bay on Walney Island. It was cold and windy. Brrr!

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I think they were practicing getting someone into their dinghy in difficult conditions.

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Brave boys!

A very nice day after all the recent rain and wind we have had.

Jo.

 

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