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Lake District Walk
Great Sca Fell via Trusmadoor

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Northern Fells

Wainwrights - Brae Fell, Great Sca Fell, Longlands Fell, Meal Fell

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km    Ascent - 1810 feet / 548 metres

Time - 5 hours 0 minutes    Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference NY266358
Lat 54.711833 // Long -3.1408
Postcode CA7 1HN (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

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Before going any further, this Lake District walk is not an ascent of the highest mountain in England but a much quieter destination in the relatively little walked hills to the north of Skiddaw! Although the area has few crags and dramatic mountains it is a great place to walk especially if you want to escape the crowds. Paths are generally grassy and if they become indistinct there are few places where dangerous crags can cause concern so you can amble almost where you please.

The walk starts in Longlands, where limited roadside parking is available alongside a small waterworks (grid ref. NY266358). Go through the gate and follow the grassy track heading south into the hills keeping the stream to your right. The going is easy and progress fast. When the higher ground closes in you need to cross the river (grid ref 274342) and make your way to Trusmadoor. The route is hard to describe and the paths indistinct so some sense of direction is useful to reach this deep valley beneath the eastern slopes of Great Cockup.

Trusmadoor is a dramatic place to linger although the summit of nearby Meal Fell is the next objective and offers a better view. From Trusmadoor follow a track west for a short way before making a direct ascent over grass slopes to the wind shelter and small cairn on the summit of Meal Fell. From here there is a good view of the whole of the walk and it's a good idea to make sure of your whereabouts just in case the weather does deteriorate.

Moving on you head east off the summit on a narrow path that can be clearly seen making for the col just to the north of Great Sca Fell. It is an easy climb and you are soon at the highest point of this excursion. Return to the col and head over Little Sca Fell and take the distinct path heading almost due north to Brae Fell. Situated on the northern fringe of the Lake District there are excellent views north to the Solway Firth and into Scotland.

The final section of the walk takes us over Longlands Fell and care is needed on the first section from Brae Fell's summit. A direct route is impossible because of deeply cut streams and some boggy ground so the best option is to head just east of south until you meet the main valley path. From there Longlands Fell is an easy pathless climb over grass. You are rewarded with a surprisingly good view for such a lowly fell with Over Water and Binsey the two dominant features to the west. All that remains is to follow the ridge north off Longlands Fell to meet the clear track that leads back to where you have parked.



Other walks nearby

Walk 3283 Great Cockup and Meal Fell from Longlands - moderate - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

Walk 2244 Whitewater Dash and Great Calva - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km

Walk 2612 Roughton Gill, Caldbeck Fells - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km

Walk 1676 Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl Side - moderate - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

Walk 2040 A circuit of 4 peaks on the flanks of Skiddaw - moderate - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

Walk 1101 Carrock Fell, High Pike and Knott from Mosedale - moderate - 11.0 miles/17.9 km

Walk 1214 Carrock Fell & High Pike from Mosedale - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km

Walk 2041 Barf (via the Bishop) and Lords Seat - mod/hard - 4.0 miles/6.5 km

Walk 1073 Skiddaw & Glenderaterra Beck from Underscar - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km

Walk 1244 Lonscale Fell & Latrigg from Underscar Lane - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km

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