Carrock Fell and High Pike

Name of walk Carrock Fell and High Pike
Date of walk 2011-05-02

This morning I drove to Mosedale to climb Carrock Fell (2174ft) and High Pike (2157ft). Only a six and a half mile walk that I could do in about three hours. I set off from home at 6.45am and was walking by 8.15am, early enough to have avoided all the Bank Holiday traffic!

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View of the track up from where I parked my car.

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Looking back down to the farm. The route got steeper and a little slippery as the ground was so very dry the gravel would slide back, but managable with care.

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Looking over to the route I took up last time I was here. This is an easier way up as there is a clear path.

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Near the summit looking at my eventual route down beside Carrock Beck.

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Carrock Fell’s geology is unique in the Lake District in that it is predominantly composed of Gabbro, a rough igneous rock that also makes up the famous Black Cuillin on the Isle of Skye. Carrock Fell is also the site of an Iron Age hill fort which crowns the summit, only the foundations of the walls remain, the fort is oval shaped and is believed to have been built by the Celts and destroyed by the Romans in their conquest of northern England. The remains of the walls can be seen in the photo.

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The summit cairn at about 9.10am.

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Looking over Bowscale Fell to Blencathra.

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Close up showing Bowscale Tarn in the dip. Brendan and I camped here overnight last year.

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Looking over one of the summit shelters and the fort wall to the far summit shelter.

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Back o`Skiddaw ahead and the slopes of Mungrisedale Fell on the left and Great Calva and Knott on the right , where I was a couple of weeks ago. The remains of the fort wall in the foreground.

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High Pike ahead and my route down past Driggeth Mine on the right.

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The route ahead.

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Looking down Drygill Beck with Carrock Fell on the right.

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I had just past the first person of the day walking her dogs on her way down from High Pike.

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High Pike summit.

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The top of the ordnance survey post.

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Knott, Great Sca Fell, Little Sca Fell and Brae Fell.

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My route down the miner`s track on the left of Carrock Beck.

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One of the mine shafts.

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Carrock Fell ahead. Two bikers on their way up.

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Looking back up from the track in Driggeth mine.

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Looking back up the main track. A very easy route up to High Pike.

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Nearing the road and the walk back to my car.

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The ford and footbridge at Carrock Beck. I was back at my car by 11.30am. The walk took three hours and fifteen minutes.

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Back home on Walney Island. The view out to the fells was excellent today!

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North Scale Village on the left.

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A good day!

 

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