Start Point: Longlands
Region: Northern Fells
Route length: 5.9 miles (9.5 km)
Time taken: 2:15
Average speed: 2.6 mph
Wainwrights on this walk:
Longlands Fell (483m), Great Sca Fell (651m), Brae Fell (586m)
Other Summits: Lowthwaite Fell (509m), Little Sca Fell (624m)
Other points of interest: None
The plan had been to visit as many of the Uldale Fells as possible but we quickly came to the conclusion that one bit of grass in the gloom looked like every other it of grass in the gloom so cut it short after a few hours, but I'm getting ahead of myself a bit. Let's start from the beginning.
Uldale is an area the north of the Lake District, right on the boundary in fact and comprises a number of quiet hamlets and rolling fells. The grouping of fells known as the Uldale Fells comprises of Longlands Fell, the twin-headed Great Sca Fell, Brae Fell, Meal Fell and best named of all the fells, Great Cockup.
We left the cars in a small layby just outside of the tiny hamlet of Longlands, so small in fact that we missed it as we drove through and had to double back to find the correct spot. As I mentioned a moment ago, this was the time when the weather looked fairly fine with a few low clouds gathered on the tops of the high fells. As we made our way along the Cumbria Way, the weather began to get drearier and colder and, while starting our climb up to Longlands Fell, a light drizzle had started to fall, all in the space of around half an hour.
|Looking up the slopes of Longlands Fell|
|Looking back towards Longlands|
|Longlands Fell summit - much windier than it appears|
The original plan after Longlands Fell had been to make for Brae Fell then Great Sca Fell before continuing to the rest of the Uldale Fells but, with poor weather over us we decided to make Great Sca Fell the focal point and return over Brae Fell, saving the others for another day.
|Little Sca Fell|
|Great Sca Fell|
|Brae Fell summit cairn|
|The Cumbria Way crosses Longlands Beck|
|Latrigg and Binsey|