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" Muncaster Fell and Tarn "

Date & start time: 26th April 2024.11 am start.

Location of Start : Roadside on A595 at Muncaster, W Cumbria, Uk. ( SD 100 968 ).

Places visited : Fell Lane, Muncaster Tarn, Muncaster Fell, around the tarn on the way back.

Walk details : 3 miles, 450 ft of ascent, 2 hours.

Highest point : Hooker Crag (Muncaster summit)750 ft - 231m.

Walked with : Loes, Myself and the dogs, Dylan and Dougal.

Weather :Sunshine and blue skies but cool when the sun went behind a cloud.

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The day dawned bright and sunny and we felt that with an early start we should be able to get somewhere more unusual today.

Having lived in St Bees for twenty five years, Loes had a yearning to get back to the west coast

so it was into the car, drive west and then south to Ravenglass and finally we turned up towards Muncaster Fell.

A very wide piece of ground on the bend beyond Muncaster Castle was big enough for ourselves

(and a few other cars should they have the same idea).

On the roadside was two adverts for future events at Muncaster Castle just down the road.

The track up towards the fell is aptly named Fell Lane.

Give or take a wiggle or two has a direct line of sight with the Roman fort down at Ravenglass below and Muncaster Fell ahead.

It would have given the Roman forces direct access to the high ground and a potential view of Hardknott Fort further up the valley.

The noticeably presteigne nature of the wall was explained very soon by meeting this gentleman wall builder

who was remaking the wall with fresh stone, left over from a local building project . . . a quality rebuild indeed.

The woods to the right of the lane had a reasonable display of bluebells, still to reach their prime.

In places the blue carpet was quite impressive.
Signs on the gate where a new radio mast had been erected.

The Ulpha Fells of Yoadcastle and Stainton Pike, seen through another field gate.

Looking back, westward down the lane to the Irish Sea and the distant Isle of Man.

Dylan stops for a quick breather, his jaunty gait due to his rather poorly left leg not taking any great weight.

He is nevertheless very enthusiastic about being out and being able to walk somewhere different.

Stacks of wood and the state of the track hint at on-going forestry work.

Immediately ahead is the tarn, but we can't see it due to the increase of undergrowth of recent years . . . we take the turn to the right.

A signpost for the The Eskdale Trail made in galvanised steel.

. . . and the onward path towards the open fell.

A quick detour from the main track gave us views of Muncaster Tarn

looking great in the sunshine and with lovely reflections due to the lack of wind . . . we'll look closer on the way back.

At the top end of the forestry they seem to have been felling the invasive Rhododendrons and scrub trees.

A white mound is a smoking volcano of ash from their fire, surrounded by the smallest of tape cordons.

As we leave the trees and reach the top of the first rise, the views ahead open out.

Looking back on the reverse of the previous photo, with the western horizon now clear

from Black Comb in the south to St Bees in the north.

A few folk about as we approach Hooker Crag, the highest point of Muncaster fell.

Dougal jumps onto the trig with a little help from me and a steadying hand from Loes.

Dylan so wanted to be up there too, though his face implies he's now having second thoughts about the whole idea.

With both dogs safely down there's chance for a summit panorama as Loes talks to the walkers we met.

Click here or on the photo above for a 360 degree annotated panorama.

Just to prove I was there too . . . jacket for warmth !
Time to be heading back down, reversing our outward route.

The view south to Black Combe, the most south westerly fell and south western tip of Cumbria.

When we walked back down through the woods we took the same little diversion as we did on the way up

but this time carried on around the lake to enjoy it to the full.

A family of geese swimming along on the far side of the tarn.

We were rather pleased that recent weather had been sunny and had given the track chance to dry out.

The wind had dropped by the time we reached the far end of the lake, so the reflections were delightful.

Stacked wood alongside the track looks like it has been selected, but for a purpose unknown.

Behind the undergrowth at the foot of the lake the calm water supports a float of water lillies.

Up and over the last slight rise as we start our way back down Fell Lane.

Dylan seems to have coped well with the walk and the pace of the day.

Maybe that's the new radio mast where the stone came from . . .
. . . but the next gate reveals the one with the new stone wall.

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A two hour and three mile walk

was just perfect considering the participants today.


As regards us non-doggy participants,

well it's lunchtime and the Santon Bridge Pub is close by !


The dog's lunch was in a box in the car

but ours was being prepared by the chef and would be out in a minute.


That means we now have most of the afternoon free to relax.


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That evening we went to Church in Lorton . . .

. . . not for a religious experience but to listen to a concert by Mr Chris Banister

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As well as publishing numerous successful albums

he also tours, playing his own music and offering brilliant

"John Denver" tribute nights.


If you like the music do get along to one of his concerts.

He has got the John Denver sound off to a tee

and has performed both in John Denver Festivals worldwide

and on Radio 2 back here in the UK.


This was his third visit to our valley in the last ten years or so.

It won't be long before he's called back to play again ?


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Previous walk - 22nd April 2024 - Not Kirk Fell

A previous time up here - 12th April 2008 Muncaster Fell with a train ride return

Next walk - 27th April 2024 - Crossthwaite Church