Binsey is one of the smaller Wainwright’s and is a great starter fell for younger children. The terrain is a wide grassy path and there are no cliff edges – essential for when walking with little ones. This fell walk is easily managed, with the occasional boggy section. The summit is marked by a small stone cairn and it is reached in just under 1 mile, making this a 1.8 mile out and back walk. Please note, there are plenty of longer routes that you could take that also allow you to tick off a few other Wainwright’s in the process!
Route: You are able to park in the lay-by near Binsey Lodge: on the A591 head to The Castle Inn and follow the signpost to Uldale, Ireby and Calbeck. When on the Ireby Rd continue for about 2 miles, turn left, signposted for Ireby. After about 50 metres turn left again by Binsey Lodge. You will soon see a lay-by on your right where you can park. The postcode CA7 1HH will get you relatively close to the lay-by.
Please note there is only space for a few cars so do arrive early, particularly in the summer months. The walk begins immediately through the wooden gate on your right. Follow this clear grassy track up the hill until you reach the summit. The path is easy to follow and the top is marked by a trig point. Retrace your steps back towards the car.