Irton Road and Muncaster Fell Walk


I am a big fan of linear walks that involve taking the bus, train or steamer. I try and use public transport to get to the start of my walk so that I don't need to worry about parking the car. So! Here is a great walk over Muncaster Fell with fantastic Lake District views - perfect if you're staying at one of our holiday cottages in Eskdale. The walk is around 6 miles in distance and climbs to a height of 758 foot. It's an easy walk to follow and great if you have a young family.

Hop on the L'aal Ratty at the Irton Road station and take the train towards Ravenglass. You will need to request a stop at Muncaster Mill when you get on the train.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Miniature Railway

Get off at Muncaster Mill, previously a flourmill and now a private residence. Begin your walk up through the woods in the direction of Muncaster Castle. The path reaches a corner of the A595, opposite Muncaster Castle, and switches back to the left to carry on up a fell lane to Muncaster Tarn. In summer, the tarn is covered in water lilies.  There are a number of small islands that are covered in Rhododendron bushes, which look amazing at this time of year. The tarn is more of a small lake and supplies the water to Muncaster Castle.

Rhododendron bushes at Muncaster Castle


The walk continues through woodlands and after a while emerges on to open fellside where you'll begin to see the 4 mile ridge of Muncaster Fell. The high point of the fell is the triangulation pillar on Hooker Crag, at 231m.  The view from the top of Muncaster Fell is outstanding. It really is a gem in the Lake District. 

You can weave your own path across the top around rock outcrops or over the top and through cotton grass.  Marked on the map is a stone table called Ross’s Camp, which has a date inscription on it and a fine view.

The path then leads you towards a gated gap in the wall. Follow the path down to the wonderfully named Rabbit How, a small hill near the bottom of the fell. Now follow the path to the left, walking parallel with the railway. The path emerges at the end of a lane with a few buildings. Continue up the lane and you will arrive back at the valley road at Eskdale Green. Irton Road Station, your start point is on your right.  The village store is usually open till 5pm, make sure you find time to grab a drink and a well deserved ice cream or why not stop off at one off the pubs! This walk is suitable for guests staying at several of our Cottages in Eskdale.