High above the old road to Skiddaw House a farmer was busy tending to a break in his dry stone wall, every now and then he'd throw a frisbee down the hillside for his dog to chase and return with. His calls audible in the quiet valley, only the bleating sheep to compete with. Such is the peacefulness of this pleasant walk. That there is a cascade of waterfalls at the head is just icing on the cake. Go there soon after rain, like all waterfalls, for the full effect.
On the minor road to Orthwaite from the A591 out of Keswick is Peter House Farm. Almost opposite, beside the public bridleway, is a small car parking area and an honesty box with proceeds going to Fix The Fells.
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
Go through the gate next to the parking area signposted "Public Bridleway to Skiddaw House and Threlkeld via Dash Falls", and on to the metalled track. Follow this track through three gateways. It then splits, take the right fork signed "Bridleway via Dash Falls, Skiddaw House Threlkeld". This is now just a rough track wending its way around the fellside. Dash Falls will be in view to your left.
There is only one path that approaches the falls from the road and that's near the top, it's rather narrow with a fair drop off into the beck for the unwary.
Having explored enough return back down the road.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Binsey||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|Longlands, Lowthwaite, and Brae Fells||3.9km (2.4 miles) away|
|Little and Great Sca Fells, Meal Fell, and Great Cockup||3.9km (2.4 miles) away|
|Skiddaw - Dodd||4.3km (2.7 miles) away|
|Ullock Pike, Longside Edge, Carl Side||4.3km (2.7 miles) away|
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