A nice simple mountain just needs a simple walk in order to be
Today Binsey from Binsey Cottage gave us that, but the weather
added a complication, unplanned when we started off.
We also had a deadline . . . afternoon tea on the Orient Express
waiting for us at Bass Lake Station . . . and they shut at five
I was going to get you to "guess where" . . . but I've
already told you !
My walking companion today is young Loes, with whom I walked
St Bees recently.
She's walked most if not all the Wainwrights in the years she's
lived in Cumbria, but hasn't climbed Binsey via this simple route
Parking near Binsey Cottage there's a gradual start and a wide
path for the ascent.
Views over to Bassenthwaite Lake improve as we make our way up
Behind us is the Skiddaw Massif and a hazy view of Blencathra
through the 'Dash Falls' gap.
Overwater and the "Back O'Skiddaw" fells.
On this climb the scenery lends itself to wide panoramas not
vertical portrait photos.
It is turning out to be a good year for the heather . . . lovely
colours but I feel it needs some greater contrast . . .
That's better !
We didn't particularly notice the breeze until
we got to the top.
But when we tried to stand still for a photo it
was a different story.
Loes's stance and Dougal's fur confirms the high
wind speeds here on the summit !
No wonder those folk were tucked away in the summit
I stood by ground, protected slightly by the cairn,
and spun carefully round for a full summit photo.
or on the photo above for my 360
degree annotated panorama.
I often encourage the dogs to jump on the trig
points but today I had firm hold of Dougal to make sure he didn't
blow away !
Surprisingly Binsey is the northern-most Wainwright
Fell, beating Caldbeck's High Pike by a good half a grid square
No point in lingering too long . . . so we make
our way over to the secondary cairn slightly out to the west.
Searching for paths hidden by the profusion of
summer heather, we now make our way south from that cairn
over to the secondary ridge where we will get
a better view of Bassenthwaite Lake.
Here again the breeze was strong, filling our
jackets and swirling the long moorland grass.
For such a small fell the views back into the
Lakes is excellent, even better had it been slightly clearer visibility.
We walked back along the outer ridge looking for
a double path down off the fell.
Either a lot of fellwalking 'couples' walk side
by side along this route . . . or the farmer uses it for his quad
Nothing encourages a photo more than a good rock
For those that invested in this year's Loweswatercam
Calendar you might recognise this picture ?
The July 2021 page features Dylan and Dougal and
the split rock . . . but not Loes.
[ Oooo . . . did I mention that the
new 2022 Edition will be on sale on September the 6th 2021, just
a few weeks from now. ]
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After such a windy climb we deserved a cup of
tea at the newest cafe in the Lake District.
We adjourn to the refurbished Bassenthwaite Lake
Station . . .
. . . where the Orient Express Train and our dining
We'd booked a table on the train, but you can
just turn up and use one of the many tables and chairs outside.
Sorry about the blur . . . excited at the prospect
of a cream tea ;o)
The cafe and
train are very dog friendly . . .
. . . and the cream teas
are very people friendly.
Afterwards we walked through the train to explore
the whole experience that the Orient Express provides.
The train was used in the 2017 Agatha Christie
film directed by Kenneth Branagh and staring Dame Judi Dench,
Johnny Depp and Michelle Pheiffer.
It was in this carriage that the fictional "Murder
on the Orient Express" was perpetrated . . . watch how
you go !
The third and final carriage is a beautiful Salon
Car complete with Observation Platform.
The cafe owners Di and Simon, are planning to
use this carriage for special events, meetings, family gatherings
and wedding receptions.
It has a licensed bar and can hold nearly 50 people
I believe (don't quote me on that).
event, sadly passed by the time you read this, was Aug
Don't worry, they are
planning lots of events in the months to come.
We head back up the platform and into the station
Inside they have several stunning artworks, this
one made from welded metal, standing out in colour and three dimensions.
have a series of paintings of the old railway . . .
. . . and Loes wanted
to donate her picture to be hung within the station.
The John S Gibb drawing has graced her home
for many years but she'll be moving house in the coming months
and wanted it to have an alternative local home
where it would be equally appreciated.
Where better than quarter of a mile from where
it was originally drawn . . . the old train passing through
the cutting alongside Bass Lake.
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