I set off from home at 04:20 this morning en-route to the Lake District. The drive was pleasant with minimal traffic on the road. I arrived circa six hours after setting off.

I had two hills in mind today. My first hill of the day, Dent (Long Barrow), was ascended purely because it was en-route to Ravenglass. My main objective of the day was Muncaster Fell, using an "interesting" mode of transport to allow for a traverse from Eskdale Green to Ravenglass.

For my ascent of Dent, I parked in the small car park at the road-end (no parking charges).

Hill: Dent (Long Barrow)
Date: Friday 10th April 2015
Company: Just myself
Distance: 5.1km, Ascent: 210m
Time: 1Hr 15Mins

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The initial track towards Dent is a high-quality track. It was busy today with numerous dog walkers.

Excellent track from Uldale and Dent car park:

Looking back along the track:

After walking a few hundred metres, I had the option of continuing along the excellent track or taking a track leading up into the forest. I opted to take the forest track. The air was full of birdsong as I made my way up through the forest.

Sun rays in the forest track:

Once out of the forest the ascent to the summit of Dent (Long Barrow) was straight-forward.

Ascending Dent (Long Barrow):

As I was in no particular hurry today, I decided to continue on from Dent (Long Barrow) out to Dent.

Cairn next to the summit of Dent (Long Barrow):

Looking down to Egremont:

The summit of Dent has a much larger cairn than the actual summit. I assume many ascend Dent from Cleator Moor. The flag at the summit reminded me that I was abroad .

At the summit of Dent with Cleator Moor beyond:

From Dent, I returned to Dent (Long Barrow) and then made my way down to the excellent track which I followed back to the car. I then drove to Ravenglass where I checked into my accommodation and parked up. I then walked from my accommodation to the Ravenglass railway station.

Hill: Muncaster Fell (Hooker Crag)
Date: Friday 10th April 2015
Company: Just myself
Distance: 9.7km, Ascent: 280m
Time: 2Hrs 35Mins

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I used the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam train to take me from Ravenglass to Irton Road Station. This allowed me to walk back to Ravenglass via a complete traverse of Muncaster Fell. The cost of a single from Ravenglass to Irton Road Station was only £4.40.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is the longest and oldest narrow gauge railway in the Lake District National Park. It is known locally as La'al Ratty.

'Northern Rock' Steam train:

The train journey was excellent; a real bargain at less than £5! I sat in the open coach from which I took numerous photos.

On the steam train heading for Irton Road Station:

Looking towards Muncaster Fell from the train:

On reaching Irton Road Station I disembarked from the train. Irton Road Station is a request stop;  I had to advise in advance that I would be getting off here.

Off the train at Irton Road Station:

From the station, I set off along the Forest How Bridleway. It was good to see so many birdboxes on the trees at Forest How. From the bridleway, I took the public footpath leading up towards Muncaster Fell (Silver Knott). Silver Knott is the 174m top.

Looking towards Muncaster Fell (Silver Knott) during initial ascent:

Looking towards Muncaster Fell (Silver Knott) during initial ascent:

Looking down to Eskdale Green (zoom):

I left the main track to ascend to the summit of Silver Knott. I think this would be fairly unpleasant in summer due to bracken.

At the top of Muncaster Fell (Silver Knott):

Looking back to Muncaster Fell (Silver Knott):

Looking towards Whin Rigg and Illgill Head:

As I progressed towards the main summit, I met a couple with a young lad and dog. They were going very slowly.

Looking towards Muncaster Fell (Hooker Crag) from decorated tree:

I eventually reached the main summit visiting both the trig point and the actual summit (a rocky knoll 35m from trig).

At the trig point of Muncaster Fell (Hooker Crag):

Looking towards the trig point from the rocky knoll summit:

Looking back to Muncaster Fell (Hooker Crag):

There were several pairs of Greylag Geese on Muncaster Tarn; a nice wee 'lochan'.

Greylag Geese on Muncaster Tarn:

Muncaster Tarn:

During the walk out I got to within a few feet of a pheasant. A very common, very colourful bird.


On reaching the A595, I walked a short distance along the pavement before heading into the ground of Muncaster Castle to follow the track leading back to Ravenglass.

Walking along the shore towards Ravenglass:

Boat near Ravenglass:

I walked back to my accommodation.

A special mention to the Inn at Ravenglass - Great Fish and Chips!