Ulgraves, Brunt Knott and the Tarns of Potter Fell.

Start. Staveley.

Route. Staveley - Dales Way - Hagg Foot - Ghyll Pool - Potter Tarn - Gurnal Dubs - Ulgraves - Brunt Knott - Brunt Knott Farm - Barley Bridge - Staveley.

Notes. Potter Fell a vast tract of upland rising between Kentmere and Longsleddale, a landscape criss-crossed by tumbling streams linking small tarns. The fell consists of four major summits, Ulgraves and Brunt Knott plus two unnamed tops, if you care to chance wet feet there are some wonderful views to be had, the tops of Potter Fell do not disappoint. Although the fell is privately owned it is open to the public making it a favourite place for the local dog walking fraternity. An ideal place to fish and picnic, on a bank holiday weekend with cloudless skies they where all there, including a fair slice of the rambling community, but such is the nature of Potter Fell you don't have to walk very far to escape the crowds, as I proved.

I parked the car in Staveley then followed the main road south through the village, just before the railway crossing a finger-post announced I'd reached the Dales Way. A mile of delightful rambling followed as the River Kent guided me down stream, on reaching a rather dilapidated bridge I crossed the river to begin my ascent. My route skirted the farm buildings at Hagg Foot before ascending the lane to Hundhowe, here a small gate allowed access to a green lane, I ascended this lane passing Ghyll Pool to reach Potter Tarn. To the east of the tarn a ladder stile allowed access to the next field, I crossed to continue my ascent. Over the hill Gurnal Dubs with it's small boat house, this is a delightful place to linger, unfortunately I wasn't the only person with that opinion. I crossed the dam wall then stepped over the fence near Low Taggleshaw, now heading north-east away from the crowds, a faint path carried me passed Middle Taggleshaw then on to a wall corner containing a gate allowing access to Ulgraves with it's wonderful views over Longsleddale.

After a quick brew I re-traced my steps before passing between the two small tarns of Middle and High Taggleshaw, a stile allowed access to the path I'd left earlier, I turned right to follow a land rover track north. After passing through a gate the track swung west, here I left it to follow a faint path along the edge of a dry stone wall. Skirting the odd stretch of wet ground I continued north before the wall turned north-west guiding me to a stile in the wall corner, I crossed to start the ascent of Brunt Knott. My way blocked by a fence (not marked on my map), I opted to followed it up hill hunting for a safe place to cross, on reaching the next boundary wall I crossed to make the short pull to the summit. This may be one of Lakeland's lesser heights but the views will blow you away, I hung around for ages, soaking up the views and atmosphere of this rarely visited corner of Cunbria. It's not often I sit on a summit for over half an hour but sit I did, reluctant to say goodbye. Eventually I picked my bag up and left, descending to Brunt Knott Farm before following the odd stretch of tarmac linked by field paths back to Staveley.

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Blossom on the Dales Way, looking to Craggy Plantation and a distant Potter Fell skyline.

Masses of blossom adorn this stretch of the Dales Way as the dry stone walls guide me to the banks of the River Kent.

The River Kent near Hagg Foot.

Views down the river, seen from the bridge at Hagg Foot.

A little height gained and the views open out, in the fields above Hundhowe viewing the Coniston massif with Reston Scar rising above Staveley.

Wonderful views to the south including Scout Scar and Whitbarrow over the Kent and Lyth Valleys.

Delightful little Ghyll Pool.

Potter Tarn with views to Coniston Old Man.

Next on the agenda Gurnal Dubs.

Seen from the summit of Ulgraves the Longsleddale Valley, across the skyline the Whinfell ridge.

Viewing the wonderful grassy ridges and rolling summits of the Howgill Fells.

Looking to the head of Longsleddale with Harter Fell dominating the view.

The summit cairn, Ulgraves.

How's this for a fancy bit of dry stone walling.

Gurnal Dubs as viewed from the land rover track to the east of the tarn.

My companion for the long walk to Brunt Knott, the views aren't bad either.

Near the summit of one of the unnamed tops passed en route, with endless views to the south.

This is one of the views from the summit of Brunt Knott, Scafell and Scafell Pike split by the great gash of Mickledore.

The head of Kentmere, Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick leading to High Street, to the right the slopes of Harter Fell.

The summit Brunt Knott.

Looking to Brunt Knott Farm.

Another stunning view to the head of Kentmere.

A final view before reaching the valley road, Hugill Fell backed by the Langdale Pikes.

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