Caudale Moor

Start Point: Caudale Bridge (NY 402 115)

Caudale Bridge – Caudale Quarry – Caudale MoorHartsop Dodd – Kirkstonefoot – Caudale Bridge

Distance: 3.9 miles     Total Ascent: 625 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 15 minutes     Start Time: 09:45

Weather: Wet and windy (mostly), 4°C

The wind did howl and the rain did pour this morning for our walk to Caudale Moor. I had intended to go further on this walk but it was so wet and cold I’d had enough after I reached Hartsop Dodd. I think Fletcher came of age today with his first taste of some proper fell weather!

Caudale Moor

Caudale Moor

The main summit of Caudale Moor is named Stony Cove Pike. Birkett names two more subsidiary summits on Caudale Moor; John Bell’s Banner and St. Raven’s Edge.

Stony Cove Pike

Height: 763 metres / 2503 feet Grid reference: NY 41867 09997 Category: The Far Eastern Fells

Stony Cove Pike - the summit of Caudale Moor

Stony Cove Pike – the summit of Caudale Moor

St. Raven’s Edge

Height 593 metres/1946 feet     Grid Reference NY 40601 08373

St Raven's Edge from Kirkstone Pass.

St Raven’s Edge from Kirkstone Pass.

 

St Raven's Edge on Caudale Moor

St Raven’s Edge from Mark Atkinson’s Memorial

John Bell’s Banner

Height 755 metres/2477 feet     Grid Reference NY 41283 10074

Angus on John Bell's Banner.

Angus on John Bell’s Banner.

It is all looking very dark to the south looking to Red Screes from the cairn that marks John Bell's Banner.

It is all looking very dark to the south looking to Red Screes from the cairn that marks John Bell’s Banner.

Caudale Moor

Start point: Kirkstone Pass (NY 401 080)

Kirkstone Pass – St. Raven’s Edge Caudale Moor (Stony Cove Pike) Hartsop Dodd John Bell’s Banner St. Raven’s Edge Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 6.2 miles     Total Ascent: 610 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Mixed. 0°C.

This certainly wasn’t a route I had in mind today but when I got over Kirkstone Pass this morning, the descent was littered with stuck cars on the icy road. I certainly had a hairy moment or two going down there but managed to avoid a collision and hastily turned round and went back the way I came. The fells to the east of Kirkstone Pass looked quite clear so I thought I would walk over Caudale Moor but I guess the walk was always going to be a strange route, there being no other obvious route of return. Those who know the Lake District know how changeable the weather can be and today was no exception with it changing seemingly by the minute.

Threshthwaite Horseshoe

Start point: Hartsop (NY 410 130)

Hartsop – Hartsop Dodd Caudale Moor (Stony Cove Pike) – Threshthwaite Mouth – Gray Crag – Hartsop

Distance: 5.5 miles     Total Ascent: 775 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Initially clear then cloud. 10oC.

I didn’t know what to expect today, I certainly didn’t expect any clear photos as it was raining so much! As I went over Kirkstone Pass, there was a certain amount of clarity around Hartsop, so that’s what I settled on. The clouds were hanging around in thick layers in the valleys but eventually it lifted to cover the tops and the highest part of the walk was completed in the mist.

Hartsop Dodd

Start point: Hartsop (NY 410 130)

Hartsop – Hartsop Dodd (447) Caudale Moor (Stony Cove Pike) – Threshthwaite Mouth – Threshthwaite Cove – Pasture Bottom – Hartsop

Distance: 6 miles     Total Ascent: 1000 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 40 minutes

Weather: Wind and rain. 4°C

From the Western fells yesterday to the Far Eastern fells today and a shorter walk. The climb from Hartsop to Hartsop Dodd is severe, but at least you gain height quickly! The clouds came down along with the rain to obliterate the view for most of the walk. Still, it was nice to be out with a small landmark for Angus in his Wainwright fell-bagging quest.

Caudale Moor

Start point: Kirkstone Pass road (NY 412 063)

Kirkstone Pass – Woundale – St. Raven’s Edge (345)John Bell’s Banner (346)Caudale Moor (Stony Cove Pike) (347) – Threshwaite Mouth – Park Fell Head – Troutbeck Park – Troutbeck Tongue (348) – Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 10.1 miles     Total Ascent: 929 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 20 minutes

Weather: Rain, heavy at times, clearing by the end. 12-15°C.

The heavens had opened when I set off this morning for the climb up to Caudale Moor on the eastern side of Kirkstone Pass. There were no views and it was quite miserable until I descended to Troutbeck where the sun came out – and of course shone on the places I had just been! This was a boggy affair due to the amount of rain and coupled with one or two tricky river crossings, it made for a very damp day.

 

Red Screes

Cow Bridge – Hartsop Dodd (33) – Caudale Moor (34) – Middle Dodd (35) – Red Screes (36) – Little Hart Crag (37) – High Hartsop Dodd (38) – Cow Bridge