High Tove

Height: 515 metres / 1690 feet Grid reference: NY 28922 16512 Category: The Central Fells

High Seat, Blencathra and Clough Head from High Tove

High Seat, Blencathra and Clough Head from High Tove

Lingmell and Great Gable from High Tove

Lingmell and Great Gable from High Tove

High Seat

Start point: Surprise View (NY 268 189)

Surprise View – High Strutta Bleaberry FellHigh Seat – High Tove – Watendlath – Surprise View

Distance: 6.8 miles     Total Ascent: 550 metres    Time Taken: 3 hours     Start Time: 09:15

Weather: Overcast but clear. 10oC

It seemed brighter in the south of the lakes this morning but it was remarkably still throughout the lakes. Windermere was mirror finished, quite an unusual occurrence for such a large body of water, so of course I had to stop for a photo or two on the way past. The trudge along the central ridge that I walked today was the usual, predictably squelchy affair despite the dry weather of late.

On the way past Windermere this morning…

High Tove

Start point: Armboth (NY 305 170)

Armboth – Fisher Crag Armboth Fell High Tove Raven Crag – Armboth

Distance: 5.9 miles     Total Ascent: 489 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Sunny with cloud coming from the south west later. 16C.

This was another place I haven’t been to for a while, up to the much derided Armboth Fell and then along the central ridge before descending to Raven Crag. Armboth Fell is not a summit as such, being no more than a rock plinth on a hummock in a particularly boggy area. I must say on a day such as this though, the going was easy and the views all round were superb and it turned out to be a pleasant early summer walk.

 

High Seat

Start point: Surprise View (NY 268 189)

Surprise View – Ashness Bridge – Walla Crag Bleaberry FellHigh Seat –  High Tove – Watendlath – Surprise View

Distance: 8 miles     Total Ascent: 621 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours

Weather: Fine and sunny, not a breath of wind. 21oC.

More almost perfect conditions again today. The walk started with a few camera maladies – try as I might, I could not get my ‘best’ camera to work so I had to revert to number 2. I spent an annoying 20 minutes or so messing around with it before I admitted defeat, it would have to wait until I got home to consult the user guide. That apart, it was a lovely walk – superb conditions, no wind with only the haze coming down to spoil that a little bit. Just me and Casper again today, I don’t think Angus can handle this heat, haircut or no haircut.

High Tove

Start point: Armboth (NY 306 172)

Armboth – High Tove Middle Crag (465) Shivery Knott (466) Watendlath Fell (467) Armboth Fell Fisher Crag (468) – Armboth

Distance: 6 miles     Total Ascent: 704 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 50 minutes

Weather: Rain. 8oC

The snow has virtually disappeared and the blue skies of last week have gone again. The warm front brought with it rain and general dreariness – not wonderful conditions for a walk, but at least we got some fresh air for our walk up to the central band of fells along the High Tove – Ullscarf ridge. These fells are renowned for their wetness and general bogginess at the best of times, so you can imagine what conditions were like today!

High Seat

Start point: Armboth car park (NY 306 172)

Armboth – Armboth Fell (155) – High Tove (156) – High Seat (157) – Bleaberry Fell (158) – The Benn (159) – Castle Crag (Shoulthwaite) (160) – Raven Crag (161) – Armboth

Weather: Rain with hailstone showers and the odd sunny spell.

Today’s walk felt like it marked the end of summer, I am sad to report. It was a bitterly cold wind blowing on the tops with heavy hailstone showers. The central fells along the High Seat ridge are renowned for being boggy and today was no exception…