Hugill Fell

Date: 21 Mar 2019 Weather: 12’C, partly cloudy
Height gain: 449 ft Distance: 3.2 miles
Time taken: 1 hr 10 mins Wainwrights: Outlying 4 of 116

This is another Outlying Fell walked over a year ago but written up during the Coronavirus Lockdown in April 2020.

We got some good walking done in February in unseasonably warm weather but March has so far been dreary and wet.  We need to get out, though, so decide on this short walk to Hugill Fell.

We drive out of Staveley towards Kentmere and park at Ullthwaite Bridge.  We put on our boots and head across the bridge to take a left hand turn through a gate and onto a track.  We gain a bit of height and can see the Lake District fells in the distance covered in low cloud:

1At the end of the track we reach a farm which we walk through and out onto a quiet road.  We follow the road, looking out for a footpath to our left to take us up to the top of Hugill Fell.  There are no breaks in the fence and no footpath signs.  We reach a gate which we can open and we head up across the field towards the summit.

We know this is private land but we expect to be able to access a Wainwright summit as so many others write about their walks up here.  However, it’s very clear that the landowner doesn’t want us up here and the summit itself, and the Williamson’s monument at the top, are securely surrounded by a wall and high fence:

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We look for a way in but when we reach a sign saying “PRIVATE:  Legal action may be taken against unauthorised persons found on this property” we reluctantly have to accept that this is as far as we’re going to get.  We turn around and head back to the road.  S is very grumpy at our failure and the fact that the Wainwright Society has had no luck in negotiating with the landowner to allow access.

We have a pleasant stroll back on the road enjoying the fresh air and lack of rain:

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As we get back to the track through the farm we take a last peek at the attractive the scenery:

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We get back to the car slightly deflated that we couldn’t access the summit.  It has, however, been good to be out in a break between rainy days.