|Name of walk||Ullock Pike, Carl Side & Dodd|
|Date of walk||2022-01-11|
A good day was forecast so we drove to the Old Sawmill Tearoom at Dodd Wood, north of Keswick. We planned to walk up to Ullock Pike, Long Side, Carl Side and then down to Dodd. A 7 mile walk. Very little snow was left on even the high fells.
From the Old Sawmill Tearoom (closed) we crossed Skill Beck and walked upstream.
We then turned downhill and took the forest track on the right.
When the forest track turned right we kept ahead.
Then we took the right fork.
The gate to the fellside. The track up from the Ravenstone Hotel joins here.
View back from the walk up to the ridge, known as 'The Edge'.
On the ridge with Skiddaw to the left and Ullock Pike ahead.
It is still a bit dull, as the sun is behind clouds.
View north back down the ridge. Hazy blue skies.
View from near the summit of Ullock Pike. Bassenthwaite Lake looking very blue.
Approaching Long Side, the ridge joining Ullock Pike with Carl Side. Derwent Water on the right. Dodd below.
Views to the North Western fells are not very clear today.
Broom Fell, Ling Fell and Sale Fell across the lake.
Ged heading up to Longside Edge. Skiddaw on the left.
Approaching Long Side Summit.
Low cloud is covering the summit of Skiddaw. We chat to the two bikers who have just ridden down the scree from it. They say that they had no view from the summit and that it was very cold and windy.
The small summit cairn of Long Side. The dome of Carl Side is on the right. We take the left path to visit Carl Side Tarn.
Ged and the view back down the ridges of Long Side and Ullock Pike.
The steep path up to Skiddaw. The path gets very steep as you head up and although we had our spikes with us, with it being in cloud, we decided to save the energy getting up Skiddaw would take.
I walked through the snowy edge of Carl Side Tarn, it is usually dry, but not today.
We head up to Carl Side. Ged with Skiddaw Little Man behind him.
On the summit of Carl Side. Even more cloud on Skiddaw and it is starting to move even further down the slopes.
We head down to High White Stones. I aways forget how steep this path is, it is difficult not to gain speed!
Sunshine on Skiddaw Little Man.
View back the way we came.
At High White Stones we go right.
The path down towards Dodd. We stop for lunch just a bit further down.
One of the viewpoint seats as we head around Dodd.
Clough Head, The Dodds and the Helvellyn range on the left, with Blencathra. Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell left of Derwent Water.
Ged doesn't have the energy to go up to Dodd summit, so I leave him on the seat with the good view and head up by myself.
Dodd summit in 9 minutes.
A view down to St. Bega's Church.
Carl Side on the left.
I head back down to Ged. Up and down with a wander about on the summit took me 17 minutes.
We head clockwise around the fell.
Then we followed Skill Beck back to the Old Sawmill Tearoom (closed).
The walk was 7.3 miles and took five and a half hours. Easy navigation and good views, but better with the naked eye than on camera.