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.

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.