Binsey is a rounded, green Wainwright summit that rises in isolation on the fringes of the Lake District. The fell comprises predominantly of grass and heather and is on the gentler end of the hill walking spectrum. Its lonely position means that it rewards with a full panorama and it is a particularly fine viewpoint for the Skiddaw group, the national park’s most ancient fells.
A fine isolated hill on the quiet, northwestern fringes of the Lake District
There are two main routes to Binsey. The main path crosses the fell horizontally, meaning you can traverse from east to west or vice versa. Approaches from the east start from the road between Binsey and a subsidiary fell, Latrigg, not to be confused with Latrigg above Keswick. To the southwest of Latrigg is the large tarn Over Water, which supplies drinking water to the town of Wigton.
Approaches from the west begin from the A591 near Scalegill Farm and are slightly rougher and steeper than approaches from the east, passing the small rocky outcrop of West Crag.
The summit is notably adorned by a number of human-made structures, including numerous wind shelters and a trig point. Binsey’s isolation makes for an extensive panorama, with the Solway Firth stretching across the northern horizon. The Lake District’s Northern Fells are seen beautifully, with Skiddaw’s regal dome topping all else.
Small but mighty! Binsey is (in my opinion) the easiest of all the 214 Wainwrights to climb. It does still offer wonderful views across Lakeland though. Binsey is a great viewing platform of the Northern Fells of the Lake District National Park. The easiest approach is from the small parking area 'east-south-east' of the summit.
February 2, 2020
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