High Pike

High Pike

Northern Lake District

Route: High Pike (Caldbeck)

Area: Northern Lake District

Date of walk: 21st March 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.5 miles

Ascent: 1,200 feet

Weather: sunny spells, very windy, some hail and snow

High Pike is one of the most northerly of all the lakeland fells and is located in a vast area known as ‘Back o’Skiddaw’ which is quite unlike the rest of the Lake District – a lonely wilderness where you can walk all day and hardly see another soul. It’s a wonderful place

I parked on the common at Calebreck and followed gentle paths and tracks to the top of the fell. It was easy going, save for the gale force winds blowing towards me. There was plenty of evidence of the mining activity which once took place here

In addition to the usual summit cairn, it’s a surprise to find a stone bench at the top. After admiring the views for a while I descended in the direction of Miton Hill, then headed along the bank of Carrock Beck back to the start

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