Newton Fell (South)

Name of walk Newton Fell (South)
Date of walk 2018-07-09

On Monday Ged and I drove to Lindale turning on to the Back o’ the Fell Road and parking opposite the main public footpath shown on the OS map. This would lead us up to Dixon Heights on Newton Fell where there are a couple of ruined towers to see. From Google Earth I knew there was an easier path up, but it was not a public footpath. For reasons which will become obvious we used this as our route down. This is another of Wainwright’s Outlying Fell destinations. His route up takes you across the new A590 bypass, which could be dangerous to cross on foot, hence the different route up.

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The gate and public footpath sign that leads up to Dixon Heights. The overgrown entrance is a sign of what is to come!

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The posts indicate the way up, just a pity the majority are obscured, at this time of year, by head height bracken.

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Ged next to a post.

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Looking back through our bracken 'path'. You need to keep your eyes to the ground to distinguish the path, but we keep finding posts!

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Common Spotted Orchid.

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We emerge out into knee high bracken with the summit ahead.

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Ged crossing the wall stile.

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The tarn is dried up.

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Gaining the summit of Dixon Heights.

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The ruins of a tower once used as an observation point by the Home Guard during the war. Originally it is thought to have been merely a decoration of the Eller How Estate.

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It has some great views. Ged looking down on Lindale.

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Looking across the Kent Estuary.

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Closer view of Lindale.

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"Live long and prosper!" New T-shirt supplied by son, Tom. Not all 24 year olds can quote from the original 'Star Trek'! Teach them the important things in life and everything else just follows! I'm rather glad it was a blue shirt and not a red one that Tom bought me, as half-way up the hill an alien would have pounced out of the bracken and killed me! The guys in red shirts were always dispensable!

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Ged with the Lakeland fells behind him.

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Looking down to the A590.

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The Lakeland hills.

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I check the map to locate the second ruin.

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It is to the northwest of the summit tower. We descend and access it from the path around the west side.

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We go back down the easy route, which is basically a wide farm track, not a public footpath.

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A complete contrast to our route up!

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There are a couple of gates to go through on the way down.

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We couldn't work out if these were old fruit cages or for keeping pheasants. Whatever they were they are now full of bracken.

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The track leads out to the road.

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A fox's tail on a fence.

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This is where the track comes out to meet the Back o' the Fell Road. The gate is locked so we had to climb over. Still easier at this time of year than using the marked public footpath. We head north back to the car.

The walk was only two and a quarter miles, and took us under three hours. Don’t do this route when the bracken is up! But I reckon it would be a lovely route up at other times of the year.

Jo.

 

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