A walk over Muncaster Fell yesterday offered gloomy views to the hills of the Lake District and slightly better views out to the coast. The fell is, as Wainwright describes, a mini mountain. It’s only 271m high but it has all the sense of a larger hill further inland. The views look down on the Esk valley to the south and would have looked upon Scafell to the east had the cloud not been obscuring the snow-covered summit.
The path passes Ross’s Camp, at first sight it appears to be an ancient monument of some sort but, no, it’s a folly. Dating from 1883 (and marked as such) it is a typically Victorian addition in the countryside, a show of strength by a local shooting party and a handy picnic spot.
Some of the rowans were almost in full leaf and flowers were in bud while some showed little sign of the coming spring. There was no evidence of any new bracken fronds as yet, something that dominates much of the hill in summer. Further down towards the coast the bluebells were just beginning to come out into flower in the woodlands surrounding Muncaster Castle, another week or two and there will be a swathe of blue.