Sunday, 27th April 2014

Walk: Great Cockup , Meal Fell, Great Sca Fell x2, Knott, High Pike, Lowthwaite Fell, Longlands Fell
Start Point: Car park at top of Overwater Grid Reference: NY 255 353
Distance: 13.5 miles Ascent: 3,000 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Started dry in the morning then low cloud descended, rain around midday easing off late afternoon
Comments: After a longish drive north we arrived at the car park by Overwater on time for the planned 10:00 hrs start. Total of seven ramblers today including the leaders. Weather looked fine for walking although forecast rain later. We set off to discover the ups and the downs of the Northern Fells with the excitement and thrills of capturing seven Wainwright tops. The route from Overwater followed the narrow road to Orthwaite passing fields of new lambs and expectant ewes. We then headed off road and onto the fells with the aim to ascend Great Cockup by way of Little Cockup, the leader having failed to locate this little peak during his recce. What can I say?? He failed again What a Cock Up!!!!. Need to save it for another day. Nevertheless we continued onto Great Cockup our First “W” of the day. We then headed down into Trusmadoor where a most fine location was found for a quick brew before the ascent onto Meal Fell.
Having been fed and watered the party ascended Meal Fell in fine spirit stopping briefly for the obligatory group shot by the stone shelter. As we headed off Meal Fell en route to Great Sca Fell , old sharp eyes Tony spotted a cap lying at the side of the path, to our leader’s delight a cry went up "My Cap, my cap!!!!" . The cap had become detached during the recce and was thought to have been lost forever. Excitement over, we headed on up to Great Sca Fell as the low cloud descended and a change of outer garments recommended. The next part of our journey took in Knott and then onwards to High Pike some 2.5 miles to the North. Our route passed a shooters' hut which, to the disappointment from the party, was not used as lunch stop … no, onward to High Pike in the clouds, quick up and down taking time for group shot making use of the Memorial bench erected on the fell top. A short backtrack on the Cumbria Way and then off across Great Lingy Hill following a faint track through the heather. Stopping briefly for lunch, Ray then led the group back to Great Sca Fell and the route back ascending over Lowthwaite and Longlands Fell before descending back down onto the road and back to the car park.

Great Cockup

Heading down to Trusmadoor

John bringing up the rear

Meal Fell shelter - is this the top?

Where's Tony????

Great Sca Fell - get the coats on!

Knott - just another pile of stones????

Carrock Fell to the east

Shooter's hut - landmark for route to High Pike

High Pike - - - - formal pose

Pile of Stones - that's what the OS map says

Short lunch stop

Longlands Fell - the end. Lowthwaite was not that impressive!!!

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