White How on Birker Fell

(or White Crag)

Height: 444 metres / 1457 feet Grid reference: SD 20500 97438

All the colours - Green Crag from White How

All the colours – Green Crag from White How

 

Stickle Pike and the Duddon Estuary from White How

Stickle Pike and the Duddon Estuary from White How

Green Crag

Start point: Birker Fell road (SD 175 972)

Birker Fell Road – Little Crag – Great Crag on Birker Fell – Black Crag – Broad Crag –  Green CragWhite How on Birker Fell – Far Hill – Great Worm Crag (OF) – Rough Crag – Birker Fell Road

Distance: 4.6 miles     Total Ascent: 365 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours     Start Time: 09:55

Weather: Overcast. 17C

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!

 

Green Crag

Start point: Brown Rigg on the Birker Fell road. (SD 181 962)

Birker Fell Road (Brown Rigg) – Little Crag – Great Crag on Birker Fell – Black Crag – Broad Crag –  Green CragWhite How on Birker Fell – Far Hill – Great Worm Crag (OF) – Rough Crag – Birker Fell Road (Brown Rigg)

Distance: 4.8 miles     Total Ascent: 355 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Overcast and grey. 20oC.

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.

Great Worm Crag

Start point: Brown Rigg on the Birker Fell road. (SD 181 962)

Birker Fell Road (Brown Rigg) – Little Crag – Great Crag on Birker Fell White How on Birker Fell Great Worm Crag (OF) – Rough Crag – Birker Fell Road (Brown Rigg)

Distance: 3.6 miles     Total Ascent: 324 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 45 minutes

Weather: Bright and sunny. 7ºC.

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.

Great Worm Crag

Start point: Brown Rigg on the Birker Fell road. (SD 181 962)

Birker Fell Road (Brown Rigg) – Little Crag – Great Crag on Birker Fell (221)Broad Crag on Birker Fell (222)White How on Birker Fell (223)Great Worm Crag (224) (OF) – Rough Crag – Birker Fell Road (Brown Rigg)

Weather: Overcast and windy with showers.

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…