Binsey & Whittas Park in the Snow

8 03 2019

Sat 2 Feb 2019

Still getting going in the hills after the hip op but this was before the last post where I finally managed to get into the bigger hills at last (Fairfield/Blencathra). I’ve been waiting for my film using up/processing though…


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As this was a Saturday and a lovely, sunny day I wondered whether I’d get parked as Binsey is a popular hill. When I arrived (after slithering gingerly up the last section of the road in the car) I saw that there were cars parked all along the main road – the parking for the hill is off on a little side road to Bewaldeth – must be very busy!

I parked up and slithered along the extremely icy side road (you could barely stand up on it) and saw there were indeed a very many people on the hill. There were people everywhere – many with sledges… I wish I’d brought mine as sledging was by far the safest way to redescend the hill on the hard-packed snow on the paths. I couldn’t believe the sheer variety of folk… there were foreign tourists (already) and whole families of Brits of all creeds and colours – very unusual to see in the hills (not sure why)


The Mighty Skiddaw

I went up the hill at a fair pace and was surprised to be passing most people as I’m nothing like fit yet – very gratifying though 😉 I was soon at the summit after stopping briefly to take photos of snow-clad Skiddaw and the Northern Fells.

I decided it was too nice a day to go back down the same way (something I rarely do anyway as it’s boring) so decided to head on down the back of the hill. That would normally entail a lovely walk back along the lane for a couple of miles but, today, I wasn’t sure it would be walkable with all the ice. I could always contour back round the hill above the fell wall though…

As I headed down the steep far end of the hill (towards Bothel), I was eyeing Whittas Park – the next hill along from Binsey. I’d never been there and could see there was a path across its flanks and a little gate in the corner of the wall. When I reached the wall I decided it was far too nice a day to head back already so plodded back up through the bogs and rough ground to the wall corner for the gate.

It’s a lovely romp across to Whittas Park – almost flat and a well-trodden path through the snow. There were a very many people using the path to get to Binsey – possibly from Bothel? I was soon there…

There are two small summits – the second, smaller one has two massive boulders on the escarpment. These escarpments are where all the local paragliders take off from – I think there is a club below the hill.

Looking back, I could see there was a path under Binsey branching off from the descent to the road which set off around under the fell – I hoped it would go all the way back to the carpark…


Looking back to Binsey

I then headed back to the gate to rejoin the Binsey paths. This entailed more rough and boggy walking until I hit the path which descends to the main road. As I descended I watched for the path turning off under the fell but didn’t notice anything. I did see some nice dry banks at the side of a stream to sit on in the sun though so went for a coffee break. This was an advantageous place to choose as, the moment I got sat down, I could see I was right at the junction where my path left the main one.

After a sunbathe, I set off along the delightful path under the fell. The path rises very slightly all the way around so I guessed it might well head back to the car parking – it did and it made a lovely promenade with great views of Skiddaw and the northern fells all the way.

What a great day out! So nice to get out on a snowy fell at last 🙂

A couple of weeks later, still in the great, sunny weather, it was much warmer and I took a few more photos. They’re not worth another post of their own so I’m adding them here…


The Whittas Boulders


Binsey again with a superb sky developing!


Descending under Whittas Park


Caermote – the hill near Bothel with the Roman Fort


Whittas Park from Bewaldeth lane

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14 responses

17 03 2019
tessapark1969

Nice to see what the views are like! Did this on a dire day.

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21 03 2019
mountaincoward

You’ll have to bob back up it one evening when you’re staying in North Lakes – it’s a real quickie

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9 03 2019
John Bainbridge

Good to see you out. Still go to do these ourselves.

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9 03 2019
mountaincoward

I’m surprised you’ve got Binsey left to do – I thought everyone and his dog had been up it! Very easy and pleasant fell and definitely worth a full circuit returning via Bewaldeth lane to the Ireby road.

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10 03 2019
John Bainbridge

Can’t think why not.

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9 03 2019
bob

Welcome back to the hills Carol. Lovely snowy peaks in sunshine. 3rd time trying to post comment. Getting harder and harder to do with WordPress blogs I’ve noticed. Does not recognise blueskyscotland log in now yet it used to do. Third time lucky hopefully..

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9 03 2019
mountaincoward

Sorry to hear you’re having trouble with the WordPress/Blogspot competition thing which seems to be going on. When I post comments on your blog, I don’t log into anything as it doesn’t work. I just fill in the details on the blank form (name/URL) option.

If I’m not already logged into WordPress I can still comment on people’s blogs by just clicking ‘leave a reply’ and then it asks me for ‘e-mail’, ‘name’ and ‘website’

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8 03 2019
Jim R

Beautiful blue skies against the pillowy mounts. What a gorgeous scene. Glad you were able to get out and enjoy it.

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9 03 2019
mountaincoward

‘Pillowy mounts’ is a great way to describe the northern fells on this post as they look just like that!

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8 03 2019
Alli Templeton

Another fab post! You are so brave tackling these hills and fells while still recovering from your op. Especially in the snow. Although I probably couldn’t resist this stunning scenery either. The photos are wonderful, and what a mind-blowingly beautiful place to have on your doorstep. The later photos make for an interesting comparison: they have a different ‘feel’ but are equally beautiful. Sounds as though it was a lovely walk, and I can’t wait to have days like this when I live in neighbouring Northumberland. Thanks for sharing. More please…

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9 03 2019
mountaincoward

Very easy to get to from Northumbria, especially our northern fells. If you want to meet up for a walk give me a shout. I think I’m pretty much recovered hip-wise so am just getting fit now…

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9 03 2019
Alli Templeton

I’d love that Carol, and one day we’ll do some of Hadrian’s wall too. Looking forward to it. Glad you’re all better now. ☺

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9 03 2019
mountaincoward

I’ve even got a date to have my legs evened up (via shoe lifts) in May now too 🙂

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9 03 2019
Alli Templeton

Oh that’s great news, Carol! There’ll be no stopping you then!

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