This short walk visits a quiet lower summit at the western end of Eskdale, Redbrow Bank, familiar to many who drive over the fell road to Ulpha, but from the lack of clear paths rarely visited on foot. This low summit sits just to the north of the main valley wall on the south side of Eskdale, and so offers unexpectedly good views up the valley, as well as a glimpse of the quieter lower reaches of the river.
Length: 2.25 miles
Map: Lakes South West
Last Walked: Winter 2011-12
We start from the small parking area just south of Forge Bridge, on the road that runs south from Eskdale Green towards Birker Fell and the Duddon Valley.
Redbrow Bank forms something of a horseshoe, with the main summit at the far end and two ridges coming towards the col. The area is crisscrossed with minor paths and sheep trails, and any number of possible routes up to the top. I'll describe my route here, but there is no need to stick to it.
At the col turn right off the path and head up the grassy slopes in the centre of the horseshoe, heading towards the right when easiest. This will eventually bring the right-hand spur of the horseshoe into sight - head for this ridge, which offers the best views west down the Esk, then turn right and head along the ridge to the main summit - this has the best views up into the heart of Eskdale. From the summit continue on along the other spur of the horseshoe (this one is rather less distinct), then make your way back to the col.
At the col turn right onto the path, which runs past a wet area surrounded by a broken down stone wall and begins to drop down towards Milkingstead Wood on the northern slope of the hills.