Lands west of Ennerdale

  • Attractive hidden dell
  • Great views from Dent Fell
  • Part section of the Coast to Coast

It was on the last day of my Coast to Coast walk that I discovered this unexpected, but delightful, 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 Gate. I was keen to re-acquaint myself with it. 9 months later I was back on a glorious summer’s day smugly watching the Coast to Coasters slogging along their first day of many.

The fox gloves were spectacular near Nannycatch Gate and 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  Dent or neighbouring Flat Fell which is disappointing and why I believe climbing Flat Fell is a pointless expenditure of energy – the track between the two fells is much more enjoyable way to reach the dell,

Recommend: If you ever do complete the Coast to Coast include this short detour rather than walk along the road.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 032144. Park on the east side of Wath Bridge and take the road 30 yards further north (Nannycatch Road)
Height to Climb: 317ms (1040 feet)
Terrain: Excellent bridleway to Nanny catch Gate but may get muddy on Dent Fell
Eating & Drinking: A short drive of 2 miles will bring you to Ennerdale Bridge and the Shepherds Arms is probably the best bet but my knowledge of Cleator Moor is hazy.
Similar Walks Nearby: Circuit of Ennerdale Water
Mellbreak & Crummock Water
Lands around Loweswater
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