Wet Sleddale is one of several quiet valleys cutting into the eastern Lake District fells. Easily reached from the A6 south of Shap, there is a car park beside the 1960s-built reservoir and, from here, paths lead up on to the open fell.
There are no villages in the valley, just a few scattered farmsteads. One of these, Sleddale Hall, is better known to fans of the cult film Withnail and I as Crow Crag, the home of Withnail’s Uncle Monty. The black comedy, made in 1987, starred Richard E Grant and Paul McGann as two unemployed London actors who decide to have a holiday in the hills of northern England.