This is a short circular walk over the grassy fells of Longlands Fell, Lowthwaite Fell, and Brae Fell, with the return dropping down to the dramatic Charleton Gill. Views to the north west extend over the Solway Firth to the hills of Dumfries and Galloway. Elsewhere higher fells, those of Caldbeck, Mungrisdale, and of course the Blencathra - Skiddaw massif encircle these relatively short fells.
In the northern shadows of Skiddaw this area is often called Back O' Skiddaw, it is an area of rolling moorland which feels quite remote and is relatively quiet. Its lower slopes occasionally choked with bracken and as height is gained heather makes a welcome appearance. The tops comprise mainly of grass and mosses which hold onto the rainfall well in the peaty substrate.
Informal parking is available at the start of the walk just below Longlands where there is space for just 4 cars.
If you need accommodation we have details of 10 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
Just up the hill a little towards Longlands go through the gate signposted "Public Way, Green Head 1½, Cumbria Way". Immediately turn right and drop down to cross the beck. Up the other side, and bear left as the track and path split - this junction not very obvious.
Head up through the bracken on the faint path which in summer seems only to head to the right hand side of a small undulating ridge. However, keep left of the ridge and as the gradient steepens a path appears probably over to the left a little having come out of the thick bracken.
This direct ascent route is quite steep grass and should not really be considered for descent, one slip and you'll go off like a toboggan! An alternative is to use the north ridge, a good descent route but a bit of a slog on the ascent.
The path tops out directly at Longlands Fell small summit cairn.
Continue over the summit area and bear slightly right Lowthaite Fell is the next bump ahead. Drop down to the boggy depression and climb to the grassy dome.
Just to the left of the path a very small collection of stones marks the indistinct summit of Lowthwaite Fell.
Continue on, dropping slightly right on a narrow path through the grassy tussocks. There is a slight rise to the 488m top; continue ahead then swing left into the depression of Broad Moss. At the bottom the path morphs into an ATV track climbing ahead. Follow this track for only a matter of 40 - 50m (55 yards) before bearing away slightly left climbing to cross the shoulder.
Cross the track, the Great Scar Fell bridleway, and continue ahead on the narrow path. This continues to swing left and crosses the head of Charleton Gill.
The large cairn on Brae Fell can be seen ahead. Just the other side of which is a small windshelter.
From the summit of Brae fell bear left on another narrow path through the grass. Meander down to a grassy promontory on the north west ridge, continuing down the path bears left more steeply directly towards the deep cleft of Charleton Gill.
Ahead on the other bank of the gill you can see the path climbing out again. Continue to drop into the gill, cross the beck, and bear right to climb the narrow sheep trod like path up the bank. At the top continue to the bridleway track and turn right.
Slightly boggy at times the bridleway is easy walking and hard to mistake the route with the gill over to the right. The strange ridge in the middle of the gill marked as Saddleback on some OS maps is worthy of leaving the bridleway momentarily to view it from the fence.
Follow the bridleway down to the old road, now part of the Cumbria Way, and bear left. Follow this back to Longlands and the parking area.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Little and Great Sca Fells, Meal Fell, and Great Cockup||20m (22 yards) away|
|Binsey||3.2km (2.0 miles) away|
|Whitewater Dash - Dash Falls||3.9km (2.4 miles) away|
Unless otherwise stated the text in this walk is the copyright of Hug Solutions Ltd trading as The Hug and the photographs are the copyright of Elizabeth Oldham. Hill data is derived from Database of British and Irish hills which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Maps contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011 and paths © OpenStreetMap Contributors,CC-BY-SA, 2011