Whitfell & Buckbarrow

Name of walk Whitfell & Buckbarrow
Date of walk 2020-03-20

On Friday I drove to the top of the Corney Fell Road for an early morning solo walk. There is parking here for several cars. I would be following Wainwright’s Outlying Fell route to Whitfell via Buckbarrow, visiting Burn Moor and Kinmont Buckbarrow on the return. The walk is 5.6 miles and would take three hours.

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

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The view ahead is of Kinmont Buckbarrow on the left and Buckbarrow on the right. Very easy walking on a clear track.

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Frogspawn

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Icy ponds with Blackcombe behind.

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Duddon Estuary.

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Buckbarrow summit on the right.

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View across to Kinmont Buckbarrow which I will visit on my way back.

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Sellafield.

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The summit awaits.

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Excellent summit view. 1.8 miles took 30 minutes. Just to the left of the summit is Whitfell, beyond that are the western and southern fells. range.

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View again towards Kinmont Buckbarrow and the sea.

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View north as I head down the other side of the fell.

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My route to Whitfell. There is a clear path all the way.

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The confluence of the Rivers Irt, Mite and Esk.

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Close up of the Eskmeals viaduct.

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Whitfell right.

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The clear track continues.

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Looking back to Buckbarrow.

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Whitfell summit cairn/windshelter. 1,880ft

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The summit has an OS Trig Point too, and wonderful views to the high fells from Kirk Fell on the left to Dow Crag on the right.

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View over Holehouse Tarn to Stainton Pike, probably my next walk.

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Kirk Fell and Great Gable.

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Scafell, Scafell Pike and Esk Pike.

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Bowfell.

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Crinkle Crags.

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Grey Friar, Great Carrs, Swirl How, Brim Fell with Seathwaite Tarn below.

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Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, Brown Pike, Walna Scar, White Pike, Caw.

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A close up of Holehouse Tarn and Stainton Pike.

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Hesk Fell in the foreground.

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The view out towards Ravenglass.

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Selfie. Even though there were blue skies it was cold and a bit windy.

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Blackcombe behind Buckbarrow.

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My route over to Burn Moor.

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Frozen frogspawn.

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Looking back to Whitfell.

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From Burn Moor cairn I head for the end of the wall to the left of Kinmont Buckbarrow. It is across peat hag, so it is wet in places. it is pathless and uneven.

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I cross the wall where there is a fenced gap and continue up towards Kinmont Buckbarrow. View back.

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Summit.

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I take in the view out to sea then turn around and I head down and make for the wall, cross a fence and field to take me back to the fence and wall I walked beside on the way up.

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The fence is low enough to just walk over. Looking back to Kinmont Buckbarrow.

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Buckbarrow summit on the right.

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As I head down to my car the first black clouds starting to come over.

I neither met nor saw anyone on this walk, so it’s a good one for employing extreme social distancing! It is also easy and has excellent views. I shall definitely do this one again! I was back home by 12.30pm.

Jo.

 

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