Bakestall is usually done with Skiddaw, however if you’re like me and like an easy descent you may have missed out Bakestall because you’ve come off Skiddaw via Sale How to Skiddaw House. If that’s the case, then Bakestall makes a nice ½ day walk from Kestrel Lodge after a leisurely breakfast.
From the campsite head out of the metal gate at the top end of the campsite beside the beck, cross this field and turn right heading towards Skiddaw. Follow the fence line across this first field and then 2 others. At the end of the third field it take a slight left across a fourth field to Peter House Farm.
Once at the road turn right and follow the roadway downwards past a farmyard that looks in a poor state of repair, to a bend in the road. At this point you will see a footpath sign on the left-hand side take this path. Keep straight on this path through 2 metal gates and follow the wall straight up. This can feel like quite a slog as its just up, and up, and up again!
Follow the wall up to the gate, through the gate, and yes, you’ve guessed it, keep heading upwards. The path is grassy and for the main obvious. Bakestall is literally in front of you. There is very little in terms of hazards in the way, there is a small beck, called Dead Beck, that you cross before heading up the final push to the summit.
One at the summit you can push on to Skiddaw—because it feels like your nearly there, and in truth you are. From Bakestall it is a really obvious path over Broad End and onto Skiddaw. The hardest bit of this walk, to me, is getting to the top of Bakestall, and once there it feels like you may as well summit the big one! So, it’s up to you summit Skiddaw and head back over Sale How and on to Skiddaw House before joining the Cumbrian Way back to Peter House Farm and Kestrel Lodge, or simply head straight down the fence line to Dash Falls directly below you.
This path is quite steep, sometimes boggy, but on the whole you’re following the fence and your nose to the Falls which you can see below.
Once at Dash Falls you are simply following the Cumbrian Way back down to Peter House Farm, and then across the same fields you started from back to the campsite.