Where is this walk?

West of Ennerdale

December 15, 2023

Sandwiched between Cleator Moor and the West of Ennerdale Water are two pleasant, runded hills and a secret and attractive valley. The views from both Flat Fell and Dent Fell are very good with both sea and mountain prominent.

The Walk

It was on the last day of my Coast to Coast walk that I discovered this unexpected corner of Cumbria. Although it was tipping it down with rain there looked to be something enchanting about the lands under Flat Fell and Dent Fell, particularly in the deep valley of Nannycatch Gill. I was keen to re-acquaint myself with it. I have now returned multiple times and discovered much to enjoy on these rounded fells and lonely valleys.

On my last visit the fox gloves were spectacular near Nannycatch Gate. It is a lovely spot to dwell in – a real dingly dell type of place. The climb up to Dent Fell is steep but the views are excellent, particularly to the east where the Scafells can be seen amongst other western fells. Surprisingly (at least it was to me) Ennerdale cannot be seen from either┬áDent or neighbouring Flat Fell which is a little disappointing. However it is worth a second steep (but short) climb on to Flat Fell, a rounded hill with good views across to the sea.

Recommend

If you ever do complete the Coast to Coast include this short detour to the west of Ennerdale rather than walk along the road.

Navigation Tips West of Ennerdale

After Nannycatch Gate do not miss the footpath climbing Dent Hill after 200 metres. The only other navigational challenge is in the woods after the initial climb. Make sure you go left when you meet the first forestry track and then take the ones heading uphill.

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