Description: A 3-mile out-and-back walk at Wet Sleddale reservoir, visiting Sleddale Hall (which featured in the film ‘Withnail and I‘).
Parking Information: Small, free car park at the south-east corner of the reservoir.
View the map and download the GPX of this route.
The sole purpose of this walk was to visit the building formally known as Sleddale Hall, but perhaps more commonly known as “Crow Crag” from the movie Withnail and I. The building is privately-owned, but there are a couple of footpaths leading up to it, and as a fan of the movie I just had to visit while I was in the area. From the parking area, follow the clear path that heads along the south shore of the Wet Sleddale reservoir.
The path is very wet and muddy in places, and not very clear after the initial section, but follow the GPX route down towards the river and this stile. Don’t cross the stile, but instead follow the path along the fence until you reach the old stone bridge.
This bridge also features in the movie, it’s where Withnail and “I” are seen fishing… with a shotgun. Cross the bridge and head straight on, until you reach another stile.
Cross this stile and turn right on the stony track, which zig-zags up the hill and leads to Sleddale Hall.
From here there is a path straight down the hillside, through a couple of small gates and cutting out the last zig-zag of the stony track. Retrace your steps back to the old stone bridge and all the way back to the start. I actually chose a different path immediately after the bridge, to see if it was any drier. It was not, but it was slightly more direct.
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