Bakestall after a long drive

Another visit to the Lakes and another long drive north setting off early (5am). The reason for the early start is to try and squeeze a walk in on arrival, thus starting our week away on the right foot, plus ticking off a Wainwright which I needed from my list. Last time we walked up Wetherlam (probably my most ambitious fell), this time it was Bakestall, which is a much more sedate fell when walking in from Peter House Farm. The reason for this one being left was a walk that we did in November 2022 to Great Calva, which we’d cut short due to lots of rain, wet clothes and darkening skies. Despite the easier fell and walking route, after 7 hours in a car, any walk can feel like walking with weights on your legs. Still we parked up at midday easily on a Friday with no issues and set off (don’t let the doom mongers say you can’t park in the Lakes, you can with a bit of planning). The track out to Dash falls is easy to negotiate and easy on the legs, at that point the terrain turns upwards for a short distance but the view improves to Blencathra which compensates. Once at the summit the only choice you have is how to descend, now I like a bit of a circular to was never going to go back the way I came so we headed off west from the summit following the good path. I then cut off, a bit off piste, to the steep downhill back to the intake wall and gate and the track out. The lambs were everywhere on this walk, looking cheeky and then snuggling into mum where necessary. A perfect walk to setup a fantastic week in the Lake District, again.

Start – Peter House Farm

Route – Whitewater Dash falls – Bakestall – Cockup – Peter House Farm

Distance – 4.5 miles    Start time – 12.20pm   Time taken – 3hrs 20mins Highest Point – Bakestall 673 metres

Weather – Cloudy but some sunny spells

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All parked up and looking out towards Bassenthwaite. We are all booted up and ready for the off
We started out in a bit of drizzle, but the waterproofs weren’t on for long. Cockup is the rounded hill above Linda’s head
Cheeky lambs everywhere
Looking back out to Binsey
Looking into the Uldale Fells, Great Cockup is the dark fell on the left, on the right is White Hause and Burn Tod behind
The sun is out as we look towards Dash Falls
Dash Falls, or at least, part of it
Looking back out to Binsey from Dash Falls. Dead Crags is on the left
Looking out the back of Dash Falls into the Back O’Skiddaw, Blencathra can a cloud top and Lonscale Fell and crags is the pointy fell on the right
And as we climb Bakestall the cloud clears over Blencathra
Bakestall reached and a summit selfie
Bakestall summit with Overwater ahead as is Binsey and Scotland is in the distance.
Uldale Fells, the drop down to Dash Falls is between us and Little Calva straight ahead, Great Calva is back right and Knott is the high point in this area centre left. Originally we had planned on ascending Bakestall when we walked Great Calva back in November but with the rain on that walk the 10 miles turned into a war of attrition and we binned this ascent. So instead we are here on a more convivial day
Blencathra looking splendid from the backside. The Helvellyn ridge can be seen through the gap between Blencathra and Lonscale Fell
Looking up towards Skiddaw with Skiddaw Little Man back left
Looking down towards the area around Orthwaite and Binsey as we start to descend
Bakestall up on the left as we descend a scrappy path and a non existent path
In the centre of the photo is a Hurcules aircraft banking as it flies north against the yellow slopes of Binsey
Looking back to Dead Crags and Dash Falls as we walk out along the track
More little scamps with their mother
Further along the path looking back
And the last photo looking to Bass Lake and Sale Fell, at the start of a week near to Santon Bridge to pick off all that is left around Wasdale, a fantastic week to come.

4 thoughts on “Bakestall after a long drive

    • Bakestall is an awkward one being so far over Skiddaw, its got more in common with the fells around Great Calva and Great Cockup than it has with the main Skiddaw lump


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