The gentle slopes of Faulds Brow, seen from below.

Summit: There is only the one summit in this chapter. Faulds Brow is 1125 feet above sea level.

Date bagged: First visit: 8th April 2015 (walk 94). Second visit: 27th August 2021 (walk 193).

View from the summit, towards Carlisle.

Bagged as number: First round: 299 of the 330 Wainwrights. [<< Bannisdale Horseshoe (290-298) | (300) Staveley Fell >>]

Second round: 282 of 330. [ << Eagle Crag (281) | (283) Yewbarrow >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Came up from Parkend, via Faulds farm: not described in the pages of Wainwright but easy to trace on a map. Descended to Caldbeck, via Whelpo Beck (see notes below).

Second visit: Ascended from, and returned to, Caldbeck.

Summit cairn.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 211 of volume 8): “Faulds Brow is the most northerly of the outlying fells within the National park. It is unremarkable in appearance, being merely a slight upland dome alongside the Keswick – Carlisle unenclosed by-road above Caldbeck, but its easy slopes are sufficiently elevated to give an uninterrupted view across the wide coastal plain to the Solway Firth, backed by the Scottish hills with Criffell prominent, while to the south the Skiddaw massif forms a near horizon and Lakeland’s western fells appear more distantly to its right.”

What I say: On the first day that I visited there was haze and I did not get the full effect of the view, but still thought it a decent one. The second visit, on a bright and sunny afternoon, confirmed that this is a very good panorama indeed, considering the low altitude of the fell. It is as Wainwright describes, plus the Pennines, which form a vast wall on the horizon in the east. (See the picture). Even more so than Binsey, there is no better spot from which to appreciate the landscape “Back o’Skidda'”. Overall Faulds Brow offers easy, grief-free walking, and I highly recommend following Chris Jesty’s advice in the revised edition of volume 8 and ending the hike by heading down the valley of Whelpo Beck, past the impressive ruin of the Howk, an old mill. You see, the great AW doesn’t always get it right.

The three highest Pennines — Cross Fell, Little Dun Fell and Great Dun Fell — as seen from the summit.

The only problem is that this is a very isolated hill, the summit lying over 3.5 miles (as the crow flies) from the nearest other Wainwright, Brae Fell. And Caldbeck is served only by a very limited bus service. To bag it either requires adding a substantial distance to another walk, or to take the trouble to get all the way to Caldbeck for what will then be only a couple of hours of light exercise.

Faulds Brow is the most northerly of all the 330 Wainwrights.

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2 Responses to “Faulds Brow”

  1. […] Fell and High Pike) and then — the real point of the hike — nabbed the hard-to-reach Faulds Brow, the northernmost tip of the National Park and, thus, the northernmost Wainwright of […]

  2. […] 193: Faulds Brow (1125 feet above sea level, number 282 of my second round). 4.5 miles, 600 feet of […]

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