High Pike

Start point: Stone Ends (NY 354 338)

Stone Ends – Rake Trod – Carrock FellRound KnottMiton HillHigh Pike – West Fell – Carrock Beck – Stone Ends

Distance: 6 miles     Total Ascent: 530 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 50 minutes     Start Time: 08:50

Weather: Cold but exceptionally clear. 2°C

‘Caldbeck fells are worth all England else’ so the saying goes…and they certainly were today. What a fabulous morning in the Lake District, I could have walked forever in those conditions if only I had the time. The wind was certainly bracing at times but the going was easy across iced over bogginess that is the usual terrain across here.

 

High Pike

Start point: Stone Ends (NY 354 338)

Stone Ends – Rake Trod – Carrock Fell  Round Knott – Miton Hill – High Pike – West Fell – Carrock Beck – Stone Ends

Distance: 6 miles     Total Ascent: 530 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 50 minutes     Start Time: 11:40

Weather: Clearing, windy. 11°C

Today I was joined by Robin for a walk up to Carrock Fell and High Pike and the weather wasn’t looking too clever early on this morning when it was absolutely bucketing down with rain. We held off the start for a little while and found the best of the weather anywhere in the Lakes I think for this good, if squelchy, round of the Caldbeck Fells.

High Pike

Start point: Stone Ends (NY 354 338)

Stone Ends – Rake Trod – Carrock Fell Round Knott Miton Hill High PikeWest Fell – Carrock Beck – Stone Ends

Distance: 6 miles     Total Ascent: 530 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Frequent snow showers and an icy cold wind. 5oC.

It started off bright enough this morning but once on Rake Trod, the wind really picked up and almost immediately it started snowing. The arctic conditions were predicted this weekend but it came as a shock to the system nevertheless. I normally run warm when I am out but I was chilled to the bone today, so I wonder what the wind chill factor was?

Back O’ Skiddaw

Start point: Bowscale (NY 358 317)

Bowscale – Bowscale Tarn East Top on Bowscale Fell (387) Bowscale Fell (388) The Tongue (389) Bannerdale Crags (390) Blencathra Mungrisdale Common – Cloven Stone – Lonscale Pike (391) Lonscale Fell (392) Jenkin Hill (393) Skiddaw Lesser Man (394) Skiddaw Little Man (395) Skiddaw Bakestall – Whitewater Dash – Little Calva (396) Knott Coomb Height (397) Little Lingy Hill (398) Great Lingy Hill (399) Hare Stones (400) High Pike (401) Miton Hill (402) Round Knott (403) Carrock Fell (404) – Mungrisdale – Bowscale

Distance: 25.8 miles     Total Ascent: 2447 metres     Time Taken: 10 hours 50 minutes

Weather: Sunny and warm with a slight breeze. 25°C.

Today’s walk was a long circuit of the quiet fells known as ‘The Back o’ Skiddaw’. The weather was very pleasant, not as hot and muggy as it has been recently with a slight, welcome, cooling breeze. The views were absolutely superb at times and I was glad I chose today to do this long walk. The only problem was I forgot my food and 26 miles is a long way without any fuel…