The Dunnerdale Fells

Start Point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Great Stickle (OF) – Tarn Hill (OF) – Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Start Time: 09:50

Partly Cloudy                 

Temperature     11 ℃ 
Feels like        11 ℃
Wind Speed       11.7 mi/h
Wind Direction   WSW
Humidity          83%

It was sunny at home this morning but further inland over the Lakeland fells there was lots of low lying cloud. The only place with any light it seemed was the south-western corner and even that was looking a bit hit and miss. It is always an enjoyable and relatively easy round at Dunnerdale. The clouds were scooting through all the time and it was pretty breezy up on the tops. At least it was a chance for Dougal to get out again!

Dunnerdale Fells

Start Point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Great Stickle (OF) – Tarn Hill (OF) – Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 235 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:00

Weather: Mild but very windy, 8°C

There isn’t much real winter weather around but I suppose that does have its own merits. Today was relatively mild but the wind was surprisingly strong once above valley level.

The Dunnerdale Fells

Start Point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Tarn Hill (OF) – Great Stickle (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 235 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 15 minutes     Start Time: 15:00

Weather: A cold wind, 6°C

I had the chance of a swift walk with the dogs at the end of the afternoon so I had a wander around some of the Dunnerdale fells. It turned out to be a stunning sunset, something that didn’t look like it would happen until the very end so I am glad we braved the cold wind and went for it!

Great Stickle

Height: 305 metres / 1000 feet Grid reference: SD 21179 91599 Category: The Outlying Fells

Looking to the Duddon Estuary from Great Stickle

Looking to the Duddon Estuary from Great Stickle

A couple enjoy the view from Great Stickle

A couple enjoy the view from Great Stickle

Dunnderdale Fells

Start Point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Great Stickle (OF) – Tarn Hill (OF) – Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 235 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes     Start Time: 16:00

Weather: Bright and breezy, 17°C

It was another lovely afternoon and I took the chance of a late walk to get up amongst the Dunnerdale Fells. This area is always beautiful, reasonably quiet and easy for me to get to for a shorter walk. This route will appear in Trail magazine later this year.

Dunnerdale Fells Map

Dunnerdale Fells

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Great Stickle (OF) Tarn Hill (OF)  Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 235 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour

Weather: Sunny and warm. 20ºC.

It was a superb sunny morning this morning for our walk around the Dunnerdale Fells. It was one of those days when it is truly a joy to be out – the sun was shining, the birds were singing and there wasn’t a soul about. Casper and Angus certainly enjoyed the run out, as did I!

Dunnerdale Fells

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Tarn – Great Stickle (OF) Tarn Hill (OF)  Stickle Pike (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 235 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour

Weather: Overcast and windy. 18oC.

I had a shorter walk today in poorer conditions than yesterday up to the Dunnerdale Fells. Angus (the old trooper) was out as well, loving every minute of it of course! It seems like a while since I’ve been up here, certainly before the summer, yet it looks quite wintry already…

Dunnerdale Fells

Start point: Stonestar (SD 202 912)

Stonestar Great Stickle (OF) Tarn Hill (OF) The Dunnerdale Fells – Stonestar

Distance: 3.1 miles     Total Ascent: 358 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 25 minutes

Weather: Hazy but warm. 17oC.

It was very hazy again today with the sun trying to burn through and making it quite warm. We stayed low on the quiet but lovely Dunnerdale fells followed by a cooling dip (for some of us anyway!) in the River Duddon.

Dunnerdale Horseshoe

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank CrossStickle PikeTarn Hill –  Great Stickle – Scrithwaite Farm – Knott End – The Knott(OF) –  Raven’s Crag – Stainton Ground Quarries – Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 4.8 miles     Total Ascent: 700 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Overcast, clearing later. 14oC.

It was the same today as yesterday – it looked like someone had ruled a line at 400m and that was the cloud base across the whole of the southern Lake District. The Dunnerdale Fells were beneath the clouds, so that’s where I headed but even that looked a bit iffy at the start with the odd shower whilst I was on Stickle Pike. By the time I reached the return leg, the clouds quickly cleared away and even gave a hint of blue sky – it just shows how quickly it can all change.

Dunnerdale Fells

Start point: Stonestar (SD 202 912)

Stonestar Great Stickle (OF) Tarn Hill (OF) The Dunnerdale Fells – Stonestar

Distance: 3.1 miles     Total Ascent: 358 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 25 minutes

Weather: Overcast and breezy. 17°C.

Back to nearer home today with a walk up to the group of small, rough fells known as The Dunnerdale Fells lying between the Duddon Valley and Lickle Valley . The clear weather of yesterday has disappeared again and the rain was threatening but thankfully it stayed off. The bracken is noticeably turning brown now – we should know, we waded through enough of it today!

 

The Dunnerdale Fells

Start point: Stonestar (SD 202 912)

Stonestar Great Stickle (OF) Stickle Pike Tarn Hill   (OF)_- The Dunnerdale Fells – Stonestar

Distance: 4 miles     Total Ascent: 502 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 35 minutes

Weather: Warm, becoming sunny at the end of the walk, 13oC.

We had a walk around the Dunnerdale Fells starting from Stonestar on the Duddon Valley road this warm afternoon. This is a lovely and quiet area – hard to find on a Good Friday afternoon I think! It also took in Stickle Pike and Stickle Tarn, the area we walked on Wednesday from the Lickle Valley side.

The walk was a hybrid of two Wainwright Outlying Fell walks. Stickle Pike is described in Wainwright’s Stickle Pike chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 126 and The Dunnerdale Fells are described in the Dunnerdale Fells chapter on page 132.

Dunnerdale Fells

Start point: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 215 933)

Kiln Bank Cross – Stickle Pike (OF) Tarn Hill (OF)The Dunnerdale Fells (OF)  Great Stickle (OF) – Kiln Bank Cross

Weather: Sunny and bright.

Today’s walk is a Wainwright/Birkett hybrid, taking in Stickle Pike – a personal favourite, the undulating Tarn Hill, a vague top named ‘Dunnerdale Fells’ (a separate ‘Outlying Fell’ walk chapter by Wainwright) and Great Stickle. The views to the north were superb, especially towards the end when the clouds lifted from the high fells.

Stickle Pike

Start point: Broughton Mills (SD 222 906)

Broughton Mills – Great Stickle (107) (OF) – The Dunnerdale FellsTarn Hill (108) (OF) – Stickle Pike (109) (OF) – The Knott (OF) – Broughton Mills

Weather: Sunny and bright.

A short walk in the sunshine today around Broughton Mills taking in a lovely round including Stickle Pike – well worth visiting for the views of the high fells, especially the Scafell and Bowfell ranges.

As well as taking in the Birkett tops, parts of this walk are described in Wainwright’s Stickle Pike chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 126.

From Broughton Mills, I crossed the River Lickle over the bridge and followed the tarmac up to Green Bank Farm where the road petered out into a track and then an overgrown path. Through the woods, the path changed into a walled green lane which skirts the base of Hovel Knott.