High Pike and Carrock Fell – Sunday 4th February

High Pike and Carrock Fell

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Start time: 9:15
(Estimated finish time: 15:30)

Moderate 8.5 miles / 13.7 km

Starting at the eastern foot of Carrock Fell, this circular walk takes us past tungsten ore mines and the remains of an iron age hill fort.

Start point: Grassy roadside parking next to Stone Ends Farm, NY 354338, Closest postcode is CA7 8JS

Meet time: 9.15am

Start time: 9.30am

Description:  From the starting point walk south on the road  to Mosedale village and turn right, signposted Swineside.  Follow the lane, passing Swineside Farm and the Roundhouse, and turn right up the mine track to Miller Moss.  At the first set of mine workings cross Brandy Gill and follow the track up the hillside before branching left towards Grainsgill Beck as the track turns back right.  Walk upstream on the right bank of the beck, with the path being quite boggy in places, cross the tributary Arm o’ Grain stream and continue along Grainsgill.  Where the stream flows from the notch on the skyline, bear right on a faint path and head to Lingy hut.  Joining the main Cumbria Way path head NNE towards High Pike.  From the summit retrace steps and pick up the track crossing the top of the gullies of Drygill Beck and head eastwards across the undulating terrain to Carrock Fell.  This track is again boggy and indistinct in places until coming out onto the rocky summit of Carrock Fell, with its band of stones ringing the summit marking the old fort.  Descend steeply eastward through rocks and heather.  Continue to descend steeply after the tumbled shelter into the gully, taking care on the loose stones, following down to the parking.

Distance: 8.5 miles

Ascent: 620m

Time: 5 – 6 hours

Please text Mel on 07584303975 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk.

The walk leader reserves the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on conditions

Sun 11th June – Fairfield Horseshoe

Description: This is another iconic Lakeland round, taking in 8 Wainwright fells. It would be ideal for those working their way to doing all 214 fells or anyone needing a bit of practice for the 10 in 10 event which takes place on the 24th of June.

Start/Finish Point: Outside the Ambleside tourist information office, NY 377 045, LA22 9BS

Meet Time: 9.00am Start Time: 9.15am

Route: We head out of Ambleside, walking on the pavement alongside the A591 before turning right into the grounds of Rydal Hall. The path takes us to the start of our main ascent up to the top of Nab Scar. From here it is simply a case of following a path up hill to Heron Pike, Great Rigg and finally Fairfield where we will stop in the shelter for lunch. Suitably refreshed we walk east toward the top of Hart Crag and then Dove Crag. From here the path descends to High Pike and finally Low Pike before taking us back to Ambleside.

High Point: Fairfield (873m)
Length: Approx 12/13 miles
Time: Approx 7-8 hours (depending on pace)
Grade: Strenuous

Car Parking: There is various parking in Ambleside including pay & display and on street parking.

Leader: Tom
As this is quite a mountainous route please bring appropriate clothing and footwear, as well a packed lunch. I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk depending on our progress or the weather conditions. Please bring a torch or head torch in case we are delayed in getting back.

Please let Tom know on 07760 660113 before 6pm on Saturday if you plan on coming on this walk or have any questions.