A stroll up Binsey


Binsey is a very much overlooked fell in the far north west of the Lake District. One of its many charms is the truly stunning view of Skiddaw and Ullock Pike, as seen from the summit.

It is probably the easiest fell of all to climb, with very gentle gradients all around. In winter it is popular for sledging!

There is limited parking around the base of the fell and a whole world of exploring to be done on the grassy slopes. Binsey is located near Bassenthwaite village, up the lane from the Bassenfell Centre and on the national Reivers Cycle Route (route 10).

Being something of a pudding shape, Binsey rewards intrepid explorers with a 360-degree view from the summit. You can enjoy several different aspects of Lakeland, from the golden Solway coastline and the distant Scottish mountain Criffel to the vast Skiddaw range and the fells above Keswick and Derwentwater.

To the west of the summit is a former quarry, and a gentle grassed track which descends to meet the wall around the base of the fell.

View towards Skiddaw from the summit on BinseyOn the top of Binsey is a summit cairn and a tumble down shelter perfect for a lazy picnic. The summit rocks are ancient and it is believed that the hill was part of a Roman line of defence, linked to an ancient fort at Caermote, two miles to the north.

Binsey is located between Bassenthwaite, Uldale and Cockermouth, handy for many of our self catering Lake District cottages in the area. It is a lovely way to while a way an hour or more, even better if you have kids who are not ready for the big mountains yet.