Binsey is 447m high or 1467ft tall.
This Wainwright is located in the northern Fells of the Lake District.
Head up to Binsey from the south side of the Fell. It is a clear path and a short twenty to thirty-minute walk to the top.
You will need Explorer map OL4.
Binsey is a rare Fell in the Lake District. There aren't any other close Wainwrights around the Fell.
You'll be treated when you reach the top of this Wainwright. Binsey has a wind shelter, trig point, and cairn all at the top of the Fell.
Where is Binsey located in the Lake District?
So how hard is the Fell to climb and which routes can you take?
Binsey can be climbed so easily if one wishes to just tick it off. You can literally park a short distance from the Fell and simply climb up 1 mile. Taking you hardly any time at all. Of course, you can loop it around to make it a bigger day if you wish. We personally did as he had plenty of time.
Simply park in the lay by near Binsey Lodge, there is enough room for only a couple of cars. Then, heading through the little gate you simply keep following the path to the summit. It really is that simple.
We wanted to check the area out, so went a little bit further. We did the above route but parked at Over Water Car Park and then headed cross country before hitting the lanes so work our way back to the car. We will be writing a blog on our walk so watch this space. We did get a little lost, but we made it in the end.
Of course, you can climb Binsey from other routes too. These including Bewaldeth and High Ireby too. Both offering simple ascents too.
How long does it take to climb Binsey?
From the lay by you can be up Binsey within half an hour. So if you want to bag this one and move on then it's a quick one to do. However, do consider taking the extra walk and making it a good long walk through the rest of the area. After all, bagging Wainwrights if one thing, but enjoying the Lake District is something that should be thought about too.
Of course, the route we did took us a fair bit longer. You can make it as long as you want but for us, it took us around 4 hours to do. I won't lie, we did get a touch lost but all in all it was a good day out.
Read our walk-up Catbells and the amazing views over Keswick and Derwent Water
Are the paths good climbing up Binsey?
The paths are good in the sense that you'll know where you are heading. However, be careful on Binsey because after rainfall it can get a touch boggy and muddy too. Making it slippery. We went up in the low cloud and it was damp underfoot.
Best parking to start your route
To climb Binsey the best parking is at the lay by near Binsey Lodge. Remember there is only room for a couple of cars so perhaps turn up early if you want to get this one in the bag. Especially in good weather. We parked at Over Water Car Park, which is more like a big lay by as opposed to a car park. Still, it did the job. And is perfect for other walks and Wainwright bagging in the Lake District.
As stated above you can also start at Bewaldeth and High Ireby. The majority of parking around this Wainwright will be in the form of lay bys as it isn't a well-visited place. Binsey is, however, on everyone’s Wainwright list, even if tourists don't visit it.
What is at the summit of Binsey?
The summit of Binsey is actually the most interesting part of the fell. Not only does it offer amazing panoramic views but also because it holds a wind shelter. Not only this but for a small fell it also has a trig point and not forgetting a cairn. So if you're bagging this Wainwright on a cloudy day like us then you'll appreciate all of these. We certainly did.
What are the views from the top?
I wish here I could speak from experience but unfortunately, I can't. The views for us were rather bleak if I do say so. In the sense that we didn't see a thing. And seems as we use all of our own photos, that is the view we shall give you.
However, if you did so happy to climb Binsey on a clear day, you'll be in for a treat. South-east you'll see Skiddaw and Carl Side. Moving south you'll actually be able to see Coniston Old Man (22 miles away), Catbells, and Maiden Moor to name but a few Wainwrights. And then moving south-west you'll see Grisdale Pike, Grasmoor and Ling Fell. Again only naming a few.
North you'll actually be able to see Scotland. Binsey really does sit on the edge and with there being no huge fells to the north you can literally see for miles.
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