Broughton-in-Furness
Here's a walk to help you escape the crowds now flocking to the Lake District because of its status as an UNESCO World Hertiage site. If you seek seclusion amongst the beautiful hills head west and find Dunnerdale.

Fact file:
Start/Finish: Broughton-in-Furness LA20 6JF
Distance: 11 Miles
Time: 5 - 6 hours
Grade: Mainly easy but with a steep ascent of Great Stickle
Map: OL OL 6 The English Lakes South western area

 

Map by kind permission of Johnston Press 

Directions: 1. Starting in the Square at Broughton-in-Furness

 

locate Griffin Street on the far side left from the Manor Arms. This leads into Church Street which you follow to the A595 crossing the junction with the A593 when you reach it. After 300yds turn left onto a footpath taking you across the flat fields close to the Duddon Estuary. When you reach the road again turn left and cross Duddon Bridge. In a short distance turn right onto a narrow lane signed "Corney Fell".

2. The next part of the walk takes you to Ulpha Bridge alongside the lovely River Duddon a distance of just over 3 miles. The first mile keeps to the lane through woodland. After passing Duddon Hall on the right turn right

 

onto a drive taking you to Beckfoot. From here to Ulpha you will be following a public footpath initially with woodland to the left and the river to the right once you pass through the scattering of buildings at Beckfoot.

 

Also you will be treated to scenes that will delight the eye as you walk further into the valley.

 

After 3/4 mile the track passes through Middle Park wood and then Forge Wood to cross Blea Beck to emerge into open pasture.

 

On the far side follow the track left as it bends alongside Holehouse Gill. Keep on the track as it brings you to a lane close to attractive cottages.

 

Turn right. In half a mile arrive at Ulpha Bridge.

 

3. Turn right over the bridge follow the road as it bends southwards and then take a bridleway on the left in the direction of "Kiln Bank Cross".

 

At first on a made surface the way climbs pass cottages

 

and then becomes rougher as it ascends the fell. Keep on it to reach the point before it descends to the road on the far side of the hill. Here at the hawse

 

the idea is to find a path hat leads along the ridge to the summit of Stickle Pike. At first the path is not easy to discern but the higher you climb the more definite the way until at last you reach the peak

 

adorned with a cairn. (375m/1231ft) This is a fantastic viewing platform. To the north the high tops of Lakeland - to the south Morecambe Bay while near at hand the rest of Stickle Pike revealing itself to be an interestingly complex fell. Descend towards Stickle Tarn by retracing your steps a short way until a less precipitous slope is reached. As you reach a path in a shallow valley turn right heading directly south for a prominent but lower peak 3/4mile distant. You'll know it when you see it because Great Stickle has a trig point

 

and is exactly 1000ft above the level of the sea before you. To reach Broughton Mills from here drop off the top in the direction of the Bay and descend on a path through bracken to reach a gate

 

close to barn the far side of the wall. Through the gate join a bridleway turning left and keep on this as it leads round to a cluster of farm buildings at Green Bank

 

and then continues to Broughton Mills emerging on a lane. Bear right.

4. As you reach the village reading room turn left onto a track leading

 

pass one property and then taking you narrowly behind another. On the far side of the house locate a path on the left leading into trees

 

crossing a beck and on entering fields keeps left passing through one gate and then aiming for a second.

 

Through here turn right crossing a brow

 

to a lane. At the lane turn right and then immediately left pass a sign for Wallenrigg.

 

The farm drive takes you downhill to the farmstead. As you reach the yard turn left to follow an ex-lane that is a tarmac road that has been left to become overgrown.

 

(One day all roads will be like this!)

 

This brings you to the A593 opposite the drive for Moss Side Farm. Cross to the farm drive and bear left onto one of two paths. Follow this as it drops through mixed woodland at first with a fence to the left and then in an enclosed path. When it reaches the bridge of a disused railway

 

take a cut through up the embankment and turn right for Broughton.