Height: 427 metres / 1400 feet Grid reference: SD 19368 96886 Category: The Outlying Fells
Well, after the long hours sorting out Love the Lakes in Keswick – some in the shop and lots at home as well – it was good to get out on the fells once more and Casper and Dougal were certainly wound up like coiled springs and when I let them out of the car there was no stopping them. This was a good little walk; it was dull and grey but at least it was fine. The rain over the weekend meant the ground was sodden once more and I did manage to get a good boot full crossing Highford Beck near the beginning of the walk!
It was really overcast and grey this morning but quite warm and muggy. We had a shorter walk than yesterday across Birker Moor visiting some of the many rocky outcrops on this rough area between the Duddon Valley and Eskdale. On a better day, the views are extensive from here; today they were virtually non-existent.
It was a bit brighter this morning for a short walk around little visited Birker Fell, the high point of the walk being the intriguingly named Great Worm Crag. Great views today but conditions were changing rapidly on the high fells with the cloud seemingly appearing and disappearing every half hour.
Today’s walk is a circuit of the knobbly and boggy Birker Fell and it follows a hybrid version of Wainwright’s Great Worm Crag chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 136. This area is a virtually pathless, boggy waste and the many grassy hummocks complete the scene. I’m certain that on a clear day the views to the Sca Fell range would be superb…