This delightful shorter walk takes us onto the low ridge of Muncaster Fell, at the entrance to Esk Dale. We visit Muncaster Tarn, a beautiful tree lined tarn, before reaching the top of the fell, which offers super views into the upper reaches of the valley, towards Scafell and Bow Fell.
Length: 4 miles
Map: The English Lakes - South Western Area (OS Explorer Map Active)
Last Walked: July 2011
We start from the car park at Muncaster Castle
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Turn left out of the car park and follow the road until it turns sharply to the right.
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At this point take the lane that continues on in the same direction as the road from the car park.
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This lane eventually brings us to Muncaster Tarn. Our direct route onwards ignores the tarn and continues on along the track as it passes to the right of the tarn, but it is well worth taking the time to follow the tracks that run around the tarn first. After that continue on along our original track
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This track soon leaves the trees and emerges onto the open fell top. Follow the track until a path leaves to the left, heading directly for the summit. Take this path and follow it as it climbs up to the highest point on the fell. We then continue along this path as it runs along the long summit ridge, although it actually passes between the rocky outcroppings further along the ridge.
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Follow this path until it reaches a great viewpoint into Esk Dale, at the top of a rather steep drop down. At this point look back and to the right to find Ross's Camp, which from this distance looks to be
some sort of stone age monument, but is actually a rather impressive Victorian picnic table! A narrow path cuts across the fell from our current path to Ross's Camp, which sits on the marked right of way. Turn right onto this path and follow it along the southern flank of the fell and back to the track we left at step four, which we follow back to our starting point.