Wet Sleddale

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A taste of the real Lake District Fells within a few minutes' drive of the M6; an easy walk with a bit of a climb to gain height and views across the Lake District.

The walk takes you past Sleddale Hall, the filming location for 'Crow Cragg' in cult sixties-set comedy 'Withnail and I'. The film, released in 1987, starred Richard E Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown and Michael Elphick. After being in poor repair for many years, a situation regretted by many of the film's fans, the building appears to have been renovated.

Just before reaching the hall you cross the ancient stone bridge where Withnail memorably attempted fishing with a shotgun.

The views from 'Crow Cragg' were shot elsewhere, but those from the real Sleddale Hall over the Wet Sleddale Reservoir are superb. The reservoir was created to supply water to Manchester.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West


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26/06/2015 - Marie Eperson

A very pleasant walk. I know the clue is in the name - but it is worth pointing out that it is also a very boggy walk in many places - make sure your footwear is waterproof!


A very pleasant walk but a couple of comments on navigation. After WP3 there's only one stile until the track is reached leading up to the barn and approaching WP7 the clump of trees have been felled however the gate is easy to find and has a yellow footpath arrow on the gatepost. The Abbey Cafe in nearby Shap is of the 'good old caff' type and can be recommended, nothing's drizzled or sundried!

16/10/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thanks Marian. Great new photo inserted. We'll get out to rephoto the dead tree asap. Cheers Chris & Dave

01/10/2008 - Marian Silvester

Hello - Great walk. Just to say that the bridge that you refer to towards the end of the walk has been reinstated and I can email you a photo of it if you like. Also the tree referred to is now pretty dead . . . but I forgot to take a photo of that. All the best

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