The Duddon Valley has huge scope for hill walkers, giving access to classic peaks such as Scafell Pike (978 m.) and The Old Man of Coniston (803 m.). Easily accessible from the valley are Dow Crag, Harter Fell, Greyfriar, and Caw. If you are lucky with the weather it may be clear enough for you to see the five ancient kingdoms of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man from a single vantage point. Plenty of less challenging fell walks take in tarns, waterfalls, lower pikes and crags which offer stunning views. You can wander over the Dunnerdale Fells into the delightful Lickle Valley, across Ulpha Fell or Birker Fell and into Eskdale. Those who prefer shorter, more leisurely walks can follow footpaths through woods, across farmland and along the river, discover the magnificent Wallabarrow gorge or explore Dunnerdale Forest. There really is something for everyone.
The valley and surrounding fells provides many routes for on-road and mountain biking. The Coast-to-Coast Cycle Way passes through the area and other off-road possibilities include the ancient Walna Scar Road and various bridleways, but mostly not for the faint-hearted!
Climbing and Scrambling
Easily reached from the heart of the valley, Wallowbarrow Crag (click for map) provides around 30 routes to suit climbers of all grades including the popular "Trinity Slabs" (VD) and "Thomas" (S). It faces south-west and is a popular crag, particularly when the weather makes the high mountain crags less attractive. There are also other minor crags, including Stonestar and Seathwaite Buttress. To the east there is classic climbing at all levels on Dow Crag, accessible via the Walna Scar track.
There are also many good scrambles in the area, for those who prefer to travel light and leave the gear behind but still enjoy the rocks. (See "Scrambles in the Lake District" and "More Scrambles in the Lake District", published by Cicerone.)
Fishing licences available at Ulpha Post Office
Fishing at Seathwaite Tarn £5 permits available at the Newfield Inn
(your £5 is donated to Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team)
Contact Millom and District Angling Association for permits
The Duddon must be rated the best river in the Lake District, it hosts a great variety of excellent rapids with a range of grades and sections to suit many different groups.
When conditions are right it splits conveniently into four sections:
Wrynose Bottom to Birks Bridge grade III 4km
Hall Bridge to Ulpha Bridge grade III (IV-) 3.5km
Ulpha Bridge to Duddon Bridge grade III/IV 6km
For further information see Stuart Miller, White Water Lake District