16th May 2014
Binsey from Longlands Fell
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Binsey from Robin Hood (ish)
This evening walk would be Molly's first Lakeland fell. Wainwright says it (Binsey) has an easy slope just right for exercising the dog ...
The Cockups & The Calvas
Just above the hamlet of Orthwaite are Little and Great Cockup with Little and Great Calva further away. Note the "lenticular" clouds, sadly not well displayed due to the hazy upper layers of higher atmosphere.
We are on Sheepwatch due to Molly's inexperience with such; Over Water nestles behind a less well-known Latrigg, the best known Latrigg being close to Keswick.
Molly on top of Binsey 1,466ft asl
She had more feet of ascent on recent Pendle walks, but this is her first Lakeland felltop.
With no sheep around at the top, Molly is off the lead and we are taking it easy. The stones of the prehistoric tumulus have been rearranged over the years to form shelters. The dog got spooked up here .... was it the tormented soul of an ancient briton or maybe it was her shadow dancing in front of her??
Too early for the best view, but with a steady breeze and desire to get back to the tent, I decided to move on.
The Skiddaw Massif
Back o' Skidda
The Solway Firth
A Decent Descent
Easy up; easy down. Probably some folks' favourite fell where ashes will be scattered, but certainly not mine - climbed once before to satisfy an unfulfilled list and this time with greater purpose - to give Molly her first taste of the Lakeland Fells.
The heavy shadow of Dead Crags on the slopes of Bakestall, a fell on the flank of Skiddaw.
The River Derwent flowing out of Bassenthwaite Lake and aiming for Cockermouth.
Walkers: Molly The Dog and Me
Route: Up and down from the roadside near Binsey Lodge. 1.5 miles each way.
Time taken: Not long.
Greetings: We passed one man on his descent early on.
Weather: Dry, sunny and warm - bit of a breeze on the top.
Camping at Scotgate Campsite
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2014 ©