A number of months ago I walked this fell with my wife, parking up at the Rough How Bridge layby on A591 Map ref. NY302206 and walking the track on the west of the fell, connecting with the single track road, looping toward the Youth centre before heading up to the summit. The day was better than today and the views were lovely. We had headed back across the fell top though it was difficult to find a path to exit the fell from and found it a bit of a wall clambering scramble to return to the car. What I was trying to steer clear of was a dual carriageway road walk, well any 'touching tarmac' walk, which a return by the path to the east of the fell seems to suggest we would have to do, or cross a busy fast main tourist trunk road.
Returning to today we took the St. Johns in the Vale road and turned at the road sign for the church and the youth centre. You go over Wanthwaite Bridge and turn left up a narrow single track road. When I say narrow, I met a cyclist on my return off the fell and had to reverse for him to pass on foot; narrow as a description is not 'gilding the lily'. One road gate to open, uphill a short way and there you are at the youth centre and church with reasonable parking.
St. Johns in the Vale Church. A beautiful tranquil place of worship but it is remote. There are many such buildings scattered in the valleys of Cumbria and worth a pause for a reflective period.
This is a low fell, but you are straight into an Achilles heel leg stretcher, though you quickly come across a piece of green slate and realise it is carved as a 'way finding' rock. This is very useful if you want to know the direction of Kilimanjaro, assuming you are wanting a slightly longer summit walk, though it does have some local fells too. I assume it's been placed there as an educational tool for the youth centre, which was currently occupied by children around 9-10yrs of age.
One further burst of energy and we are there, although limited, the views begin to open up though I neglected to take some shots. You get a good view toward Thirlmere and Raven Crag, also the Helvelyn Massif. Looking to the north you get Blencathra and Skiddaw.