The lovely little village of Mungrisdale (pronounced Mun-grize-dl) is the start of this short walk. Initially climbing steeply up Raven Crags on the northern outskirts of the village, the route soon eases and becomes a pleasant stroll along the ridge. A couple of false summits can easily lead to confusion if in mist, but otherwise this is a simple and rewarding walk.
There are a number of parking places: the Recreation Rooms, and opposite the telephone box, both of which have an honesty box. Also some of the verges are often used. Best to avoid popular times of day and, whenever you go, park sensibly.
Note: Storm Desmond in December 2015 damaged a bridge and small section of the path just outside Mungrisdale on the return from the fell. This now requires crossing the River Glenderamackin which in wet weather will be in spate as it drains a huge area. We do not recommend walking this route during or shortly after any amount of rain, or wet weather.
If you need accommodation we have details of 17 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
Head through the village northwards, past the church and at the road junction beyond take the gravel lane to your left between the houses and old quarry.
Go through the gate, and bear right onto a steep grass path through the gorse bushes of Raven Crags.
The path bears left missing the crags and eventually gains the ridge.
Continue along the wide occasionally boggy path.
Cross two obvious tops after which the ridge and path bears left to the summit proper where there is a wind shelter at the highest point.
Bearing slightly left from the shelter continue, now descending, for
approx 300m (330 yards), at a height of around
This is the main path coming up from Mungrisdale which goes around Bannerdale Crags. Descend on this wide path gradually dropping down to the Glenderamackin river.
At the end of the path cross the river immediately in front of you, there are plenty of rocks to act as stepping stones. Bear round to the left initially on grass then gravel and bear right. Bear left to cross the streams that now make up the river bed, and on to a grassy track.
Note: At most times this river will be quiet and trickling stream. However, at times of spate when the river is wide, running fast and deep, a crossing is not to be attempted at all. Either you will have to retrace your steps back over the fell, or take to the moor on the left in a wide sweep above the bend in the river. It is extremely boggy and needs great care as the ground will be saturated with deep peat hollows.
Join the gravel track heading to Mungrisdale. As you approach the village go through the gate and between the houses to emerge in the lane beside the telephone box.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Bowscale Tarn - Tarn of the Immortal Fish||1.1km (0.7 miles) away|
|Carrock Fell and High Pike||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|A Walker's Blencathra||3.7km (2.3 miles) away|
|Souther Fell||3.7km (2.3 miles) away|
|Great Calva and Knott from Mosedale||3.9km (2.4 miles) away|
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