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Buck Barrow and Whitfell - the quiet corner of the Lakes

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Lake District starting and finishing in Cumbria, England, about 17.10km (10.63 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 543m (1781ft)
Descent 554m (1817ft)
Max. Elevation 560m (1837ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1097m (3598ft)
Bootle station
Ravenglass station
Distance 17.10km
Duration ~6:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 13 Feb 2008
This walk gives you the chance to enjoy a quiet, unspoilt corner of the Lake District and the rare chance to sit on top of a Lakeland summit on a summer's day and be completely alone. But bear in mind the long walk in and out when planning your train connections.

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Start of the walk. Bootle station is actually in the village of Hycemoor, where you can get a few supplies for the long day ahead.
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Follow the bridleway on the northside of Kilmont Beck, which crosses the moorland road and heads up Corney Fell. Follow the wall around (leaving the bridleway) to the first summit, the rocky top of Buck Barrow. Time for the day's first tea stop.
About 2.51 km (~1.56 miles) from
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From Buck Barrow, head across the open moor to the second summit of Whitfell. This is open country - no clear paths out here, so you will need to get the compass out. This bit can be tricky in bad weather, as it is a flattish summit with few waymarkers.
About 5.24 km (~3.26 miles) from
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From the summit of Whitfell, head due west on the bridleway, which takes you down Waberthwaite Fell. Continue down Fell Lane and Lowther Street into the village of Waberthwaite. The Brown Cow inn is well worth a visit if you have time (and if you like real ales, make time!)
About 3.75 km (~2.33 miles) from
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From Waberthwaite, follow the road to Newbiggin. From here, you can take the Cumbria Coastal Way northeast to cross the river at Hall Waberthwaite, or continue along the road towards Eskmeals Viaduct to cross here at the bridleway.
About 2.73 km (~1.7 miles) from
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Whichever way you choose, follow the CCW into Ravenglass to get the train. The pub on the station - the Ratty Arms - is also good if you missed out in Waberthwaite. A long walk, but a true taste of the Lake District away from the crowds.
About 2.52 km (~1.57 miles) from

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