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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER


In View JOURNEYS TO THE HEATHERLANDS with Stan Leigh


The seasonal colour changes on the Lakeland fells provide ongoing beauty throughout the year and this summer, has given me the opportunity to seek out a few areas where the colour of the heather has lit up our local fellsides.


reach a stile. Bear right here to complete the climb to High Spy summit [2143 feet] – distance from Rosthwaite is 2.5 miles. Great views here, especially Dale Head and Hindscarth. Head north for 1.5 miles, along the ridge to Maiden Moor [1887 feet] and then a further 1.5 miles to Catbells [1481 feet]. Descend Catbells to return to Keswick via the Lake Launch service, 77 bus service from Brandelhow or by walking on the lakeside path to Portinscale [2 miles].


Best views of the fells and heather – between High Spy and Maiden Moor. There is a ledge that leans out over the Newlands Valley – a fantastic platform for taking photographs.


77A Stagecoach Bus at Braithwaite


During August, I decided to carry out a few trips by Stagecoach [the bus variety] to enjoy a few linear walks on two exciting ridge routes and a local walk where the flowering heather looked particularly appealing:


Rosthwaite to Portinscale or Keswick via High Spy, Maiden Moor and Catbells Ridge – use the Keswick to Seatoller bus route [78] from Keswick Bus Station to Rosthwaite General Store. I suggest using the 10.20am bus which arrives at Rosthwaite at 10.43am. There is a half-hourly service during the summer.


Lanthwaite to Braithwaite via Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike – use the Keswick to Buttermere route [77] to Lanthwaite Green Farm. I suggest using the 10.30am bus which arrives at Lanthwaite at 11.03am. The service operates until the 27th October. From Lanthwaite, walk NE on the grass, to cross the bridge over Gasgale Gill. Head up the narrow path through the heather to Whin Ben. Enjoy the scenery here, including the views to the west including Crummock Water and Mellbreak. Carry on to Whiteside summit [2317 feet] – distance 1.5 miles from Lanthwaite. Then, head ENE, then E for 1.1 miles, on the ridge path to Hopegill Head [2525 feet]. Then head 1.1 miles SE, then E, NE on the path to Grisedale Pike [2593 feet]. Descend carefully on the scree and then a clear path to Brathwaite [3 miles]. The heather on Outerside, Stile End and Barrow to the right has been stunning this year.


Catbells from Maiden Moor


Take the lane opposite Rosthwaite Village shop, bear right at the farm to head towards the River Derwent to cross by the bridge and head uphill to pass Rigghead Quarries on the left with Tongue Gill on the right to


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Sale Fell and Ling Fell – use the frequent Cockermouth to Keswick service [X5] to Embleton or Dubwath. Head towards Brumston Bridge or St. Margaret’s Church at Wythop to gain access to Sale Fell [1178 feet] and Ling Fell [1224 feet] for an enjoyable local walk. I recommend visiting the south side of Ling Fell to see the infant Tom Rudd Beck that eventually flows through Cockermouth and the narrow path that ascends the fell from Bladder Keld through the heather near to the former wall. I took the image of Frances during a recent ascent.


For an overview of these routes, I recommend using OS Explorer Map OL4 [North – Western area] and Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial Guide Book 6 [The


ISSUE 435 | 19 SEPTEMBER 2019 | 39 Crummock Water from Whiteside ascent


There are many other locations where the heather looks stunning but I hope that you like the images I have selected to go with this article.


After this ascent of Sale Fell and Ling fell, we visited the former Bassenthwaite Railway Station site. This eyesore is starting to look quite different following recent clearance work being undertaken. I hope to write about the ongoing work on the site in due course.


Northern Western Fells]. Further details of the local bus services are available via this website. https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/buses/allerdale/default.asp


Ling Fell ascent


Enjoy exploring – let’s look forward to autumn to enjoy the shades of red, yellow, purple, black, blue, orange, magenta and brown...


Explore and discover! Stan


Dale Head from High Spy to Maiden Moor


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