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High Pike and Carrock Fell

30th December 2018

Route. - Carrock Beck ford - Red Gate Track - Sunny Bank mine road - High Pike - Drygill Head - Miton Hill - Carrock Fell - Carrock Beck ford   ( about 6 miles 2000ft ascent )


For our final Lakeland walk of 2018 we finished where we started in January but varied our route and came down from Carrock Fell on a path new to us both.


Not too bad a start to the day but we could see the cloud moving our way. This is looking back to the central Lakes.


We parked just before the ford as the water was already quite deep.


The top of Carrock was overtaken by the cloud as we watched.

And Drygill Head went the same way.


The forecast did say that some fell tops might clear the cloud but as we climbed the skies stayed grey so sadly we realised that we never would burst out into the sunshine.


It's quite a bit colder and very windy as we reach the north shelter on High Pike. Luckily for us these people left as we approached so we had shelter as we ate our lunch.


Not a view to be had all along the ridge. The wind died down though so the walk to Carrock was quite pleasant but we had to take to the shelter on the summit as the wind returned with a vengeance.


The new path we thought we would try is not really on the map ( a small section is) but is quite clear on the ground. We thought it a good alternative to the path by Further Gill Sike which is getting very eroded. Our route of ascent along the mine road is visible and beyond that the coastal plain looks to be sunny.

The cloud is not for budging on High Pike.


The path is quite wide now, we wondered if it was another mine track.


Looking down to the central Lakes again and Great Mell Fell is now clear.

As I have had only been able to share mainly misty views over the last few weeks I though I would look back to our fabulous summer ( which seems a long time ago now ) and share some pictures from a walk which I didn't put on the website at the time.

Andrew Myself and Grandson Louis had a mid-week ride up to the Three Shire Stone to tackle the climb to Pike O' Blisco. This is looking along the path we would be taking.( look at that blue sky...those were the days )  

Louis tells his dad to take a picture of Harter Fell. ( although it might have been a selfie ).

When heading for Pike O' Blisco from this side I think it's a nicer route to climb over Black Crag first You soon get the views over Great Langdale and the fells to the east.

Super view of the Langdale Pikes, Helvellyn and the Fairfield group.

"Do you mind Grandad, I'm having my lunch"

Three generations on Pike O' Blisco. (Probably should have stood around the other side of the cairn for a better photo )

Dow Crag peeping out between Grey Friar on the right and Great Carrs.

Cold Pike across the valley. 


Wetherlam on the left, Swirl how on the right. Wet Side Edge is the ridge running from left to right. 

We let Louis walk the last few hundred yards although he had to be lifted over piles of sheep droppings which seemed to attract him like a magnet

Thank's once again for looking at my photos and hope you have a happy new year and great walking in 2019.


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