Stainton Pike via Whitfell

Name of walk Stainton Pike via Whitfell
Date of walk 2020-05-16

Today son, Tom and I drove to the top of the Corney Fell Road to walk to Stainton Pike. Wainwright’s route goes through a farm, hence the alternative route chosen. We would also include Buckbarrow, Whitfell and a detour down to Rowantree Force, and head back over via Burn Moor. A walk of 7.8 miles.

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View back down to my car parked at the top of the Corney Fell Road. Stoneside Hill beyond. Blackcombe on the left.

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Low cloud over the Duddon Estuary.

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Approaching Buckbarrow, but the mist is down, so no views. We continue on.

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Burnmoor obscured by cloud.

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We follow the track up to Whitfell, the clouds lift for a quick photo.

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The big cairn and shelter on Whitfell.

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There was a geocaching box under a stone on the left.

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Not quite the glorious vista I experienced on my last visit in March.

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The clouds lift a bit to see Holehouse Tarn. Stainton Pike is just beyond.

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Selfie by the Trig point.

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As we head down Stainton Pike comes into view with Yoadcastle beyond.

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Then the cloud lifted and the route ahead was clear.

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We can now see the hills. Hesk Fell in the foreground.

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Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell.

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Holehouse Tarn with Stainton Pike behind.

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Just beyond there is a fence to cross.

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Summit of Stainton Pike.

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View out to sea and the Isle of Man.

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View to Yoadcastle.

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Green Crag in the middle with Harter Fell behind it.

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Just above Hesk Fell is Walna Scar. Slopes of Whitfell on the right.

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A fell runner and his dog was the only person we saw on our walk.

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Closer view of the Isle of Man. Eskmeals viaduct on the right.

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Selfie summit photo.

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Tom with Whitfell behind him.

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We then head back over the fence, and follow it down the valley to Rowantree Force.,

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View out towards Sellafield. Just after this photo it becomes a steep walk down. A fence must be climbed to access the waterfall.

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Rowantree Force. The lack of recent rain meant that the waterfall was less spectacular than most photos show it.

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We had a twenty minute break here. There has been new tree planting, protected by the fence.

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View from a bit further down.

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Stainton Pike, the waterfall and Tom in one photo.

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After our rest we carefully cross back over the fence and head up to Burn Moor over pathless ground. Good views!

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Looking back over to Stainton Pike.

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The cairn on Whitfell.

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Some sunshine on Stainton Pike and the tarn.

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We are now on the top of Burn Moor looking back to Whitfell and will head down to rejoin the track we followed earlier

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Heading back to BuckBarrow.

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Back of Dow Crag and the Coniston fells.

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Buckbarrow summit cairn and the excellent views.

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Looking over to Kinmont Buckbarrow.

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We head back down to the car.

The walk, which included our rest stop, took us four hours and thirty minutes. An easy, grassy route, but long legs and some agility required for climbing the four fences!

Jo.

 

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