Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Dunnerdale Fells – 03 Dec

The first Saturday in the month didn’t look like it was going to bring good or even fair weather but it did bring the chance of a run on the Lakeland fells with Colin, something we haven’t done for too many months. The Dunnerdale fell race is one, of the many, short races I haven’t done – mainly because they are too fast and furious – despite it being one of the most highly recommended of races. This omission provided an excuse for a run round the route and a way to avoid the worst of the weather on the high fells.

From Broughton Mills the 5 mile route climbs north east over The Knott and Ravens Crag before dropping to the hause at the end of Park Head Road. Up and over Stickle Pike and the Dunnerdale Fells before dropping back into Broughton Mills. The first half of the route was mainly unfamiliar although I realised afterwards that Pauline and I have wandered about on that ridge on an orienteering event but The Knott was new to me.

Dunnerdale-1Looking back down from the Knott

Dunnerdale-2Over the Dunnerdale Fells to Black Combe

Dunnerdale-3South west from Ravens Crag to a patch of sunshine

Dunnerdale-5Stickle Pike

As a particularly fierce hail storm passed off to the east a break in the clouds brought a welcome burst of sunshine, seen here on Stickle Pike. There was no warmth and no mistaking it for summer sunshine in the strong, cold wind but it was very welcome nevertheless. These are small, tiny fells and not all are listed by Wainwright, even in his “Outlying Fells”, but they are no less worthwhile because of this omission.


Dunnerdale-6Looking south west from Stickle Pike

Dunnerdale-7Stickle Tarn with former mine workings beyond

The sun broke through the heavy clouds occasionally as we made our way south over the familiar Dunnerdale fells, producing bright sun beams but usually to briefly to capture. The would be a perfect summer’s evening run, perhaps on the way home from work. Ah well, you have to have dreams – don’t you?

Dunnerdale-8Phone Box at Broughton Mills “returning to nature”

Dunnerdale-9Entrance porch on church near Broughton Mills

Dunnerdale-10Herdwicks near Cockley Beck

Dunnerdale-11Fell Foot farm in Little Langdale


  1. those fell shots with the beautiful light have got me hankering for the lakes- really atmospheric. glad to see normal service has resumed :)

  2. Thanks kate. Was a wonderful couple of hours, between the storms, and we were lucky with the light.

  3. Love the Stickle Pike, sunburst and Herdy shots. Its a great time of year for the light.

  4. Thanks sbrt. The light at this time of year can be the best there is - we were so close to missing the Stickle Pike shot, the light lasted less than two minutes.