Hampsfell - Route One

 

Start - Grange Fell Road SD 395 778 Distance - 1 mile Ascent - 390 feet Time - 35 minutes


The junction of Spring Bank Road and Grange Fell Road between Cartmel and Grange-over-Sands is the starting point for this walk.  There is some lay-by parking opposite the junction
A hundred yards along from the junction is a stile giving access to the open slopes of Fell End
There is a choice of paths leading on from the stile.  The paths leading to the left and right are public rights of way but it is more usual to go straight ahead uphill to the summit of Fell End
To the left of the path is the nine hole course of Grange Fell Golf Club
Morecambe Bay from the lower slopes of Fell End
The path passes through an area of gorse and hawthorn bushes on the short climb to the summit of Fell End.  This section is the only steep part of the entire walk
Looking over to Arnside Knott and Ingleborough from the climb to the summit of Fell End
Looking over to the Furness peninsula
Looking across to the Howgills
The Kent Estuary and Arnside Knott with the distictive peak of Ingleborough on the horizon
The summit of Fell End comes into view
The beacon cairn on Fell End
The Howgills from the summit of Fell End
Arnside Knott over the Kent Estuary with Whernside and Ingleborough on the horizon
Morecambe Bay from the summit of Fell End
Cartmel from the summit of Fell End
Looking north from Fell End.  The Coniston fells are on the left with Helvellyn and Fairfield on the centre right
The way ahead from the summit of Fell End is merely a simple walk over the gentle undulating summit ridge towards the top of Hampsfell
The path dips to a shallow depression before rising again to an unnamed top which has a spot height of 203m.  It doesn't matter which path is taken beyond the wall, they both meet up again at the next depression
Ingleborough from Point 203
Looking north across the upper Cartmel Valley from Point 203
The summit of Hampsfell from Point 203.  The path descends to another depression which is crossed by the Cistercian Way, a long distance path between Grange-over-Sands and Roa Island on the Furness peninsula
The Kent Estuary from the descent from Point 203
Joining the Cistercian Way path which leads directly to the summit of Hampsfell
Looking back to Point 203 from the Cistercian Way
Approaching the summit of Hampsfell
The stone stile below the summit
 The summit of Hampsfell is surrounded by several areas of limestone pavement, the best and most extensive ones lie to the north of the hospice
Black Combe, Buck Barrow, Whit Fell and Caw from one of the limestone pavements
The Coniston fells
Hampsfell Hospice
The hospice was built in 1846 at the behest of the vicar of Cartmel as a shelter for travellers.  The interior is provided with stone seats and a fireplace
The Greek inscription on the east wall above the entrance translates as 'rosy-fingered dawn', a phrase often used by Homer when referring to Eos the Titaness, goddess of dawn.  According to Greek mythology, Eos's task was to open the gates of Heaven each morning to allow the sun to rise
Inside the shelter painted panels are fixed high on the four walls, this one is on the western side opposite the door

Projecting stone steps on the north wall lead up to the rooftop which serves as a viewing platform

On the roof there is a simple alidade with its table marked off with compass bearings around the edge of the circumference

The alidade set at 360 degrees, looking towards Helvellyn
A board by the side of table confirms what you are looking at
The Howgills from the roof of Hampsfell Hospice
Whernside and Ingleborough
Morecambe Bay
 Cartmel and the Furness peninsula
The Coniston fells
Looking north to Helvellyn, Fairfield, Red Screes in the centre, with the far eastern fells of Caudale Moor, High Street, and Harter Fell on the right

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