I set off nice and early this morning, destination the Lake District. After seven hours of driving, I arrived at Cockermouth, from where I ascended Watch Hill. I parked just off the road, a short distance away from Cockermouth school.
Hill: Watch Hill [Setmurthy Common]
Date: Friday 16th November 2012
Company: Just myself
Distance: 6km, Ascent: 185m
I opted to ascend Binsey from the West, as I had read that this was the nicest route.
Start of Public Right of Way towards Binsey:
The initial track leading towards Binsey was very muddy.
I was pleased to find that a path continued beyond the end of the Right of Way, marked on the map.
Hills beyond Bassenthwaite Lake:
On approaching the summit of Binsey, I noticed two people parascending above nearby Whittas Park.
Parascending above Whittas Park:
On reaching the summit area, I visited each of the cairns, the shelter and the trig point. I also had a very brief chat with two other walkers at the summit.
Looking towards the summit from a nearby cairn:
Summit trig point, shelter and cairn:
Skiddaw from the summit of Binsey:
From the summit, I returned to the car via the same route.
Binsey was my first ever Wainwright – a list I do NOT intend trying to complete!
Following the ascent of Binsey, I drove to Swinside for a bit of reconnaissance.
I drove round the entire hill, unfortunately confirming that every possible
access point has signs "Private - No Public Right of Way". I may have to do this
one in the dark
Access rights in England are pants compared with Scotland. I’m not keen on having to follow Rights of Way and I don't like being denied access to hills owned by GOML