Caldbeck located where it is, northeast of the Lake District, is an ideal base for exploring the northern fells “behind Skiddaw”. This walk however takes you in the opposite direction over a hill that few fellwalkers have ever considered Warnell Fell. Compared to its more well known neighbours to the north it is of a very modest height but this is more than compensated by the magnificent view over the Eden Valley and the Solway Firth
Start/finish: St. Kentigern's Church, Caldbeck
Distance: 11k 7 miles
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Summary: In essence a gentle climb to the top of Warnell Fell, a gentle descent to the edge of Sebergham and a riverside amble back to Caldbeck along the Cumbrian Way.
Map: OS OL5 The English Lakes The North-eastern area.
Map by kind permission of the Blackpool Gazette
Directions. Before starting the walk St Kentigern's churchyard is well worth a browse. It is the last resting place of John Peel the huntsman who inspired the song, "Do ye ken John Peel?"
and Mary Robinson (married name Harrison) a beauty living at the time of Wordsworth. (Melvyn Bragg wrote a novel based on her life "The Maid of Buttermere".
Exit the churchyard by a gate to the left of the tower and cross a footbridge.
Turn right. In a short distance before the lane reaches open ground turn left over a stile
and enter a long field following a gently rising path close to the right hand hedgerow.
This is the start of a 20 minute climb to the top of Warnell Fell. After 200 metres turn right across a footbridge
and continue the climb with the wooded brook on your left. With waymarked posts
the path will bring you to a field before Rylands Farm with its small wind turbine. Cross the field bearing to the right of the house with its large conservatory.
On reaching its drive turn right and follow it as it immediately bends to the left and then takes you up to the B5299.
Turn right onto the road. Ahead you will see the summit of Warnell Fell adorned by a radio mast. Follow the road round at the left bend and walk to the drive entrance of Fellhill Farm.
The track leads towards the radio mast and then turns sharply left down to the farm complex.
As you past through the gate you reach the highest part of the walk so pause to admire the view which takes in the Eden Valley, the North Pennines and the Solway Firth.
Continue down to the farm
go through its yard and then opposite the gable end take a footpath
dropping downhill with the fence line on the right. After 100 metres turn right into an adjoining field
and then cross it bearing left to a stile.
Over this continue downhill with the hedge on your left. After the next gate bear right to go round the plantation before you.
(This appears to be a recently diverted path - at odds with the OS map for the present). After passing through a wooden gate keep ahead to reach a second
leading onto a narrow lane. Turn right.
After passing an attractive but remote B&B on the right turn left onto a green lane.
Even after a prolonged spell of hot weather this did not strike us as an inviting track and it will be best to follow the field edge down to the next stile.
From here the path bears right and picks up the line of Warnell Beck on the right.
After entering a large field keep ahead aiming for a corner between woodland. At a gate
enter the dense plantation and follow the path through it to reach the B5305.
Just before Sebergham Bridge
turn right onto a broad track which forms part of the Cumbria Way.
This 76 mile long distance path connects Ulverston to Carlisle and crosses some of the most scenic countryside in England.
It will now take you back to Caldbeck. Though it does follow the River Caldew the way is surprisingly undulating. The first 15 minutes are alongside tall conifers
and then the way enters woodland.
There is no trouble in keeping on track - just follow the waymarkers all the way back to Caldbeck.