St Bees Walking Holiday – Eight Miles Group

Saturday 23April 2016  Muncaster Fell

 

Twenty two walkers set out on the walk which commenced with a half hour rail journey from St Bees to Ravenglass.  The morning was fine but cool in fact a lovely spring morning. 

The walk commenced from the Station of The Ratty narrow gauge railway.  The tides were favourable and we were able to take the beach route which is only passable at low tide.

On reaching the gate house of Muncaster Castle the group headed towards Muncaster Fell and onwards up to Muncaster Tarn.  The leader, at this point offered the option of progressing up to the Cairn (about twenty minute steep climb) or to take a rest whilst the group climbed the cairn and the return would via the Tarn.

The view from the top of the cairn was very rewarding and the scattered clouds in an otherwise clear blue sky made for a splendid tapestry of colour along the valley and surrounding hills.  We made the best of this vantage point by taking lunch on the leeward side of the trig point to shelter from the brisk cold wind.

The group returned via Tarn Woods and headed north towards Muncaster Mill.  Before reaching the Mill we took a southward direction back to the starting point.  We arrived at the station at 3-15pm and as the next train was not due for half an hour, there was just sufficient time to enjoy a refreshing drink at The Ratty Pub in the station Buildings.   

The walk made for a very enjoyable and rewarding day out.

 

John Pimblett