|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|
|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.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
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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