Binsey and your need to know guide on the Wainwright


Wainwright Number:

Northern Lakes

OS Map:
OL map 4

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?

The northern side of the Lake District. Binsey sits completely on its own away from any other Wainwright. This Wainwright can only really be bagged on its own.

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 More:

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.

View from Binsey the Wainwright in the Lake District on a cloudy day by True Freedom Seekers

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.

Which OS map do you need to climb Binsey?

OL4 will be the map to point you in the right direction for this Wainwright.

On our walk to what we can see is Helm Crag, the final Wainwright of the day, with Grasmere below

Helm Crag walk including Steel Fell, Calf Crag, and Gibson Knott from Grasmere

By Hazel and Zoe | January 11, 2021

So today would be the walk up Helm Crag. The starting point would be the gorgeous village of Grasmere and from there we’ll head up into the Fells. First being that of Steel Fell, then onto Calf Crag, moving towards Gibson Knott, finishing with the fascinating Lion and Lamb. Also known as Helm Crag. This …

Helm Crag walk including Steel Fell, Calf Crag, and Gibson Knott from Grasmere Read More »

Walla Crag in the Lake District, one of 214 Wainwrights

Walla Crag walk and Bleaberry Fell from Ashness Bridge

By Hazel and Zoe | January 4, 2021

Walla Crag is a fantastic walk with some amazing views overlooking Derwent Water as well as the stunning Catbells, Skiddaw and the beautiful town of Keswick. Walla Crag standing at 379m isn’t one of the highest Wainwright’s but it is another one to tick off. This walk up to Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell takes …

Walla Crag walk and Bleaberry Fell from Ashness Bridge Read More »

Latrigg summit in the Lake District in Cumbria

Latrigg walk from Keswick

By Hazel and Zoe | December 29, 2020

So Latrigg is another epic little Wainwright to walk in the Lake District. Perhaps one of the most popular with it being so close to the nearby town of Keswick. And for its close proximity to the grand Skiddaw too. Our walk up to Latrigg was misty and damp but our moods didn’t wander. An …

Latrigg walk from Keswick Read More »

True Freedom Seekers
Thank you for taking the time to read our page. We hope you have enjoyed the information which we have for you. Please feel free to reach out to us about anything regarding the Lake District. Or leave a comment below. Happy Wainwright bagging.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: