Bakestall "Wainwright" Summit
Bakestall "Wainwright" Summit

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Bakestall, Cumbria, Lake District

A Few Facts About Bakestall

Location -
Bakestall is a fell in the Northern Fells of the Lake District, it is situated four miles north of Keswick in the quieter, even secluded northern sector of the national park known as "Back o' Skiddaw".

Wainwright Fell -
Alfred Wainwright gave Bakestall a separate chapter in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells because of the impressive Dead Crags which fall beneath the summit and the fine waterfall of Whitewater Dash at the fells foot. Indeed Bakestall was not even mentioned on the old Ordnance Survey one inch map for many years, a situation now rectified on its metric equivalent probably because of Wainwright drawing attention to the fell.

Summit -
The summit of the fell is at a turn in the fence, although Wainwright had his top of the fell 100 metres further north, which is a better view point and is marked by a fair sized cairn, unusual in the grassy northern fells. The view from the top of fell is severely curtailed by the bulk of Skiddaw to the south and there is no view of the main part of Lakeland, however it is possible to view the Solway Firth and the Scottish Border hills. Bakestall stands at 673 metres (2,208 feet).
Links To Walks

Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, Fellranger, Northern Fell, Synge, Wainwright

Hill / Mountain Details