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Date & start time: Friday 11th June 2010, 6 pm start.

Location of Start : Roadside at the Binsey Lodge turning, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 235 350 )

Places visited : Binsey Lodge up to Binsey summit and back.

Walk details : 1.6 mls, 600 ft, a leisurely 55 mins.

Highest point : Binsey 1,466ft - 447m

Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Cool evening with heavy high cloud cover and a northerly breeze.


 Binsey and Birdsong

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A walk up Binsey from the Lodge is a brief but a very nice one.

As the fell stands alone on the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake

it commands a view that is more than worthy

of it's diminutive status at the lower end of the Wainwright scale.

What's this . . . a new gate instead of that rather old and slippery ladder stile ?

There's also a new fence around the old sheepfold enclosure that is hidden from view when parking on the roadside.

Looking across and up the Dash Beck valley and beyond to the distant Blencathra.

The river levels in Cumbria are so low at the moment that the water in Dash Falls can't even be seen today.

The fells Back o' Skiddaw with Overwater above the trees in the foreground.

Climbing up the easy track Harry is playing as usual and asking me to throw a stick

but there's a distinct lack of old trees and fallen branches at this point on the fell.

As we climb the view back into the Lakes improves.

The lake is Bassenthwaite with the North Western fells to the right and Ullock Pike to the left.

Ann reaches the trig point and pauses to take in the view.

There's a heavy cloud cover but Scotland can be clearly be seen below it.

Ann didn't want to, but Harry was pleased to be able to climb to the top for his photo to be taken.


On the way up and likewise on our return the same way

the endearing memory will be the sound of the skylarks

which hopefully stand out above the wind noise on the video above.


The birdsong and the view from Binsey makes this fell well worth the visit on a nice afternoon.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G10 digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . the sound of birdsong.

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A previous time up here - 1st September 2004 Binsey and the Sun Inn, Bassenthwaite

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