Walk                           :  High Pike (2,157 feet), Carrock Fell (2,174 feet)

Date                           :  1st  October  2018

Weather                    :  Overcast, dry for the main @ 12°C strong cold wind on tops


Distance                   :  7 miles round trip

Time Taken              :  1hour 30 mins to first summit (High Pike)


Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated


Terrain Overview





The group of fells that lie to the North behind Blencathra in the Caldbeck / Mosedale region offer some long gradual climbing over vast expanses

of moor land and disused mining areas and a perfect reintroduction to fell walking after a sport related ankle injury. The whole route throughout

is a good track and easy to navigate. This was the first walk of our week long stay in Ambleside so we took advantage of the dry conditions




From the A66 out of Keswick towards Penrith take the minor road signposted for Mungrizedale and Mosedale. After a few miles along this road

you will see the traffic warning signs as you approach Carrock Beck



Depending upon conditions at the time a little care is needed crossing the Beck



Soon after the Ford there is an area of off road parking for several cars, this particular part is right opposite the start of the walk, an old mine track

Carrock Fell towering in the background



The track heads off towards the base of West Fell (centre right) which is part of the ridge to High Pike itself and the opportunity to gain the ridge

presents itself further along if you choose to – however this walk description does not follow this




The optional path to gain the ridge on West Fell



About a mile or so into the walk the path swings round to the right to pass through a disused mining area



There is no merit in taking any short cuts – the main path surface is the better walking option to gain the approach ridge to High Pike




Looking back at the top of the old mining area towards Carrock Fell



The final part of the track up to the summit – the shelter cairn can just be seen top right



Looking west towards Blencathra over the top of Driggerth Mine from the summit track



The summit Trig point



Sue and Jones on the summit of High Pike



The Trig point commemoration plate


Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit of High Pike … https://youtu.be/UqJ9eFfKO-E



The Memorial bench on the summit “He is a portion of that lovliness that once he made more lovely” a tribute to a 16 year old Mick Lewis who

died 8th May 1944. I`m not sure if the spelling of loveliness was deliberate or an oversight ???. Either way due to previous misdemeanours on the

way up to the summit Sue and Jones are not on speaking terms at the moment



We take the path south that crosses the top of Drygill Head as we journey round to Carrock Fell. No navigation problems at all as it swings round

to the left and heads eastwards



Following the track to the summit of Carrock fell – a bit boggy in parts but other than that no problems



Wainwright said of the ridge route from High Pike “The finish is the best part of the route” – by that I presume he meant that the small amount

of scrambling required to reach the summit, nothing too onerous though



The summit cairn on Carrock Fell



Me and Jones the Bastard on the summit of Carrock Fell


Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit of Carrock Fell   https://youtu.be/WMiMFtWnxUs



Looking towards Skiddaw across the Caldew valley



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