Longlands Fell

Height: 483 metres / 1585 feet Grid reference: NY 27590 35402 Category: The Northern Fells

Over Water and Binsey from Longlands Fell

Over Water and Binsey from Longlands Fell

Windswept Dougal following the track to Longlands Fell

Windswept Dougal following the track to Longlands Fell

Longlands Fell summit

Longlands Fell summit

The Uldale Fells

Start point: Longlands (NY 266 358)

Longlands – Longlands Fell Lowthwaite FellBrae Fell – Little Sca FellGreat Sca Fell Meal Fell – Trusmadoor –Great Cockup Longlands

Distance: 6.9 miles     Total Ascent: 673 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 40 minutes     Start Time: 10:20

Weather: Warm but windy on the tops. 12oC

Firstly, thanks to all (the many!) who attended the book launch in Keswick and Bowness this weekend, it was great to meet so many of the StridingEdge family and I was humbled by the amount of people that had travelled from far and wide to attend the event and meet Dougal and Casper (and two blokes that have brought a book out!). Thank you.

The weather has completely turned around from my last walk with the temperatures reaching a heady 12C and the snow has completely disappeared from the fell tops now. I wasn’t expecting much from the weather but was pleasantly surprised when the weather was much brighter than expected on these rather dull fells. The wind however was biting up there and it was really quite cold on the tops.

Uldale Fells

Start point: Longlands (NY 266 358)

Longlands – Brae Fell – Little Sca Fell – Great Sca Fell  – Knott  Lowthwaite Fell  Longlands Fell – Longlands

Distance: 6.3 miles     Total Ascent: 609 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 20 minutes     Start Time: 10:45

Weather: Sunny spells with a cold wind. 6°C

The prediction was for rain and strong winds today but it looked clear further north so I headed to Longlands to walk some of the Uldale Fells. The high fells have a fresh dusting of snow and even these ‘Back o’ Skiddaw’ fells had some lying on the tops. The wind was biting though and the skies to the west looked threatening throughout the walk.

The Uldale Fells

Start point: Longlands (NY 266 358)

Longlands – Brae Fell – Little Sca Fell Great Sca Fell Lowthwaite Fell Longlands Fell – Longlands

Distance: 5.1 miles     Total Ascent: 520 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Mixed, in the mist above 500m. 12C.

I had a trip to the north of the Lakes for a walk around some of the Uldale Fells this morning. There were some sunny spells but it was generally dull with low lying mist on the tops. The going was very wet too after recent heavy rain so it turned into a bit of a squelch around the fells. After the Uldale Fells I had a short drive over to Binsey as part of a ‘Wainwright 3rd time round’ mopping up exercise.

The Uldale Fells

Start point: Longlands (NY 266 358)

Longlands – Brae Fell (484) – Little Sca FellGreat Sca Fell Knott Frozen Fell Burn Tod – Trusmadoor – Great Cockup Meal Fell Lowthwaite Fell (485) Longlands Fell (486) – Longlands

Distance: 9.75 miles     Total Ascent: 970 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Very windy with showers. 16oC.

What a day! I passed through major rainstorms throughout the central Lake District to find it fairly clear behind Skiddaw. The tail end of Hurricane Gordon hit while we were up there today though, with very high winds and showers. Although it is usually relatively easy going, the fells being grassy and most unlike other fells in Lakeland, today the wind made the going much tougher.

The Uldale fells are known as ‘The Back o’ Skiddaw’ and are on the northernmost boundary of the Lake District. They certainly are off the beaten track and we completed this circuit without even catching sight of a single soul.