Binsey and Bass Lake

Binsey and Bass Lake, viewed from the lower slopes of Grisedale Pike (picture taken on walk 15)

Height: 1466 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 5 (The Northern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 16th October 2010 (walk 26). Second visit: 4th February 2014 (walk 79).

Bagged as number: First round:86 out of 330. [ << Longlands Fell (85)  (87) Causey Pike >> ] Second round: 4 out of 330 [<< Whin Rigg (3)  (5) Orrest Head >>]

Binsey summit

Binsey summit; cairn, OS column and tumulus

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit:  Ascended from Binsey Lodge and came back down the same way (total elapsed time, about 20 minutes!). Second visit: Came up from Caermote Roman fort. Descended to Fell End.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): ‘[Binsey] is of no great height, is well within the category of Sunday afternoon strolls, has an easy slope just right for exercising the dog or the children, is without precipices and pitfalls, never killed or injured anybody, breeds hares instead of foxes and is generally of benign appearance. Yet it is much too good to be omitted from these pages.

‘For one thing it is a most excellent station for appraising the Northern Fells as a preliminary to their exploration. For another, it is a viewpoint of outstanding merit. For another, it possesses a grand little summit with a once-important but now-forgotten history… Binsey occupies the extreme north-west corner of the Lake District. Beyond is the coastal plain, then the sea, then Scotland; nothing intervenes to interrupt this sweeping panorama. What a domain, and what a throne to view it from!’

Binsey from Caermote Hill

Binsey from Caermote Hill

What I say: On my first visit I didn’t do Binsey justice, rushing up and down it at speed in order to bag it and still catch the desired bus home: I stopped long enough to take these photos but that was all.

My second visit proved that this is an interesting little hill with a very fine view — though comparable to others in the area, unlike the Uldale Fells nearby, the major fells of Lakeland can be seen in the south (though it shares this distinction with Caermote Hill nearby, which actually has a slightly better view, particularly of Bass Lake). It is an isolated hill so either needs a special trip or, as I did, takes a long walk to reach from any other Wainwright; notice how it’s always in the distance when pictured from other fells (see the picture at the top and also the one that heads the walk 26 page).

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The view south from Binsey

Looking south from Binsey towards Lakeland. Skiddaw in cloud on left; Ullock Pike prominent; Scafells and Coniston fells in far distance; North-Western fells rise on right above Bass Lake.

One Response to “Binsey”

  1. […] as well as these 47 I have also done 9 for the second time, viz, Orrest Head; Binsey; Bonscale Pike; Loadpot Hill; Arthur’s Pike; Kentmere Pike; Shipman Knotts; and, today, […]

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