Sunday, 31st May 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Carrock Fell, High Pike, Knott, Great Calva, Mosedale
Start Point: Stone Ends farm, Mosedale Road Grid Reference: NY 354 337
Distance: 13 miles Ascent: 3,100 feet
Time: 7 hours    
Weather: A hot day with lots of sun and a cooling breeze.
Comments: Seven of us set off, well covered with sun cream, on this hot sunny day with bright blue sky making for clear views. The walk started with a steep climb up the scree slopes of Carrock Fell. There was clear evidence here of weather erosion which made this a bit of a scramble and a little bit more difficult than anticipated. The rocky summit of Carrock Fell made an ideal stopping spot for our morning tea break. Whilst it must be said that this walk would never be classed as a scenic route it does provide for very good views across Lakeland, the Pennines and southern Scotland. The unique position of Great Calva enables the summit bagger to get a spectacular view down the geological fault running north - south through the district containing the lakes of Windermere, Rydal Water, Grasmere and Thirlmere. The descent from Great Calva was a little bit different, as what appeared to be a defined path soon disappeared leaving a long downhill tramp through heather and bracken to join the Cumbria Way.
 

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The steep climb starts almost as soon as we have stepped out of the cars . . .

 

and continues up Further Gill Sike

 

From the cairn on the rocky top of Carrock Fell . . .

 

our next summit, High Stile, can be seen on the right

 

Ray models the latest fashion in sun hats!

 

Ray checks out the 'rocky' seating area . . .

 

but the ladies prefer the slate bench . . .

 

as they check out the next summit - Knott

 

Looking back to Carrock Fell from High Stile

 

The Lingy Hill bothy seems to have had a face lift . . .

 

and looks pretty clean inside . . .

 

where Karen checks out the visitor book

 

Mandy and Sheila discuss the merits of staying in a bothy . . .

 

but decide they will forego that pleasure today!

 

From the path to Knott, High Stile . . .

 

and Carrock Fell are in full view

 

Skiddaw Little Man and Skiddaw from Knott . . .

 

where Karen and Ray check out the surrounding fells . . .

 

and we find a 'slope with a view' for our lunch stop

 

After a long descent and another climb we contemplate the last pull up to Great Calva . . .

 

from where we can, again, see our first summit - Carrock Fell

 

Great Calva provides a view along the geological fault with the Helvellyn range on the left and Thirlmere just visible in the valley

 

Wiley Gill leads us onto the Cumbria Way . . .

 

which accompanies the River Caldew as far as Grainsgill Beck . . .

 

where hordes of people enjoy the pleasures of . . . 

 

cooling off in the water . . .

 

and I must say it was very inviting today!

 

Arriving back at the cars . . .

 

after a long stretch along the road!

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