Fells over the Duddon Valley

  • Perfect Lakeland in minature
  • Fells to explore at your leisure
  • Views up the Duddon Valley

An exquisite 4 square miles of hidden tarns and volcanic fells with great views of the higher Lakeland peaks make the Dunnerdale Fells one of the hidden gems of the Lake District. Set between the tiny hamlets of Broughton Mills and Ulpha the area is only visited by those who are in the know. Whilst I was up there I met a few solitary walkers, aside from one young  couple who were sitting in splendid isolation under a rocky outcrop, and some sheep.

It is an area to escape and explore. Maybe this is why Wainwright, despite expressing the view that the Duddon Valley was his favourite Lakeland valley, wrote very little about the spectacular summit of Stickle Pike and area nearby; he wanted to keep the area a secret. Alternatively it is a so and so to get to and operating, as he did, on public transport was always going to be awkward.

I have outlined a route that I believe is best when exploring these fells but it is not an area to follow a route, there are a myriad of sheep tracks dotting the landscape and they do as well as any official path. All I insist on is a visit to Stickle Pike (the highest fell) and the beautiful tarn at the foot of its steep slopes but to be honest the whole area is delectable.

Recommend: Take the time to drive to either Ulpha or Broughton Mills and explore. I prefer starting at Ulpha but only because I prefer the Duddon Valley.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 197930. Ulpha. A 100 yards to the south of the bridge is some parking and the path leads directly east past the old school.
Height to Climb: 297ms (974 feet)
Terrain: Underfoot is good, theere is a clear bridleway leading to Stickle tarn and from then there is a choice of sheep tracks to follow on the higher areas of the fell
Eating & Drinking: My choice is to walk from Ulpha but this means a trip up the valley to the Newfield Inn at Seathwaite but for those at Broughton Mill the Blacksmiths Arms avoids the journey.
Similar Walks Nearby: Woodland Fell & Beacon Tarn
Dow Crag via Seathwaite Tarn
A circuit of Devoke Water
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