Farleton Fell

During the lockdown we have enjoyed exploring our local area more. Rather than rushing up to the Lake District for a long walk, we were forced to get our exercise more locally.

One of our favourite 'discoveries' is Farleton Fell, a 10 minute drive north from our house. A modest hill reaching only 265 metres, it is only a fraction of the height of the Lakeland fells. But despite this, it gives amazing panoramic views and makes you feel that you are on top of the world.

Turn to the south-west and you can see straight across Morecambe Bay and out across the Irish Sea. Turn to the north-east and you have an uninterrupted view across to Sedbergh and the Howgill Fells about 20 miles away. Turn to the south-east and the distinctive shape of Ingleborough Head is clear, along with the Pennines beyond, fading into the distance.

The fells are limestone and this creates interesting topography with many rocky outcrops as well as beautiful wild flowers at this time of year. All in all, a real discovery - although we have always known it is there!
Limestone outcrops are typical of the area, left behind after the last ice age
A typical limestone scar
Farmers have been making stone walls for centuries
The distinctive shape of Ingleborough Head

The ancient village of Burton-in-Kendal, with its medieval church, and Morecambe Bay beyond

Agricultural land, barely changed since it was enclosed in the 18th century
Uninterrupted views towards Ingleborough and the Pennines