|Walk:||Carrock Fell, High Pike, Knott, Great Calva, Cumbria Way|
|Start Point:||Grass verge just past Stone Ends, Mosedale Road||Grid Ref:||NY 354 337|
|Distance:||13 miles||Ascent:||3,100 feet|
|Weather:||A hot and sunny day with a welcome cool breeze on the high fells|
6 members of the group (led by Ian)
|Comments:||I knew that the initial climb was steep, but found that the upper part of the path was much more eroded than when I was last here, making a short section more difficult. However, having completed this climb the gradients are much more gentle for the rest of the walk. As this was, possibly, the hottest day of the year so far the cooling breeze was welcome for a change. There are fine views in all directions though it was hazy in the distance. The trek down the valley after descending from Great Calva is always rather a trudge, but made all the better by the 'babbling brook' running alongside.|
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The ascent, almost straight from the cars . . .
lead up Further Gill Sike on a very eroded path
Arriving at the summit of Carrock Fell . . .
there is quite a breeze
Our next stop is High Pike . . .
where very smart slate bench . . .
is soon fully occupied
as we check out the route to Knott, our next summit
En route we find that Lingy bothy has been revamped. . .
and Karen checks out the visitor book . . .
whilst Mandy and Sheila discuss the merits of staying here . . .
but decide to continue with the walk instead
Ian and Ray look back to High Pike . . .
and checking on the rest of the group we can see Carrock Fell in the distance
Karen and Ray check out the surrounding fells . . .
whilst Marie . . .
and Kath pose with the Skiddaw Fells in the far distance and Great Calva in the middle distance
The slopes of Knott provide a good spot for lunch
Continuing on to Great Calva we check out the last pull up . . .
to the summit . . .
from where we can look down the line of the geological running north to south towards Windermere
After a rough descent through heather we reach Wiley Gill . . .
and follow the Cumbria Way . . .
where hordes of people take advantage of the best day of the year so far . . .
cooling off in the water . . .
which relieves the drag of this long valley walk