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03 Jun 2019 21:54 - 03 Jun 2019 21:55 #651 by newcarlislefan
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Just back from half term week up in the Lakes.
Had a couple of lovely, quiet walks in the Northern Fells.
Just off the Caldbeck moor road and must only be 20-25 minutes from Carlisle. Walks from Greenhead and Fellside up onto Brae Fell, Great Scafell, Little Scafell, Meal Fell and Great Cockup.
Not as exciting and rugged as other areas and but perfect if you want to wander in undisturbed peace.
The hawthorn blossom was stunning the last week and many walks had an accompanying soundtrack of cuckoo, curlew and skylark.
I hope heaven has something to compare.

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04 Jun 2019 20:08 #652 by Alan
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Lovely photos mate and couldnt agree more on your comments about the Northern Fells.
A perfect way to spend half term.
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04 Jun 2019 20:54 #653 by Wukkie
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Never been round that bit NCF and there certainly looks some decent paths out there. I think I'll be leaving them until later in the Summer when the crowds flock the summits of Scafell Pike,Skiddaw and Helvellyn.
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04 Jun 2019 21:03 #654 by newcarlislefan
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I bought a new camera, Alan, as have been so impressed with yours and others photos on here.
The phone camera just doesn't do the places any justice at all.
Nice to look back on the walks in the evening with a nice ale whilst planning the next ones.
The lanes, fields and meadows are looking so beautiful just now and with the birdsong as well I spent as much time below the intake walls as above them.
I actually dropped off on top of Great Cockup for an hour or two. So peaceful up there.
A real pleasure and a special treat to spend evening after evening sitting and watching the curlew inbetween Binsey and Longlands and Bassenthwaite
If you are out that way at all it is worth listening out for them and lovely to watch them for an hour or two.
Sadly a bird that seems to be struggling these days.
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04 Jun 2019 21:05 #655 by Alan
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Where were you staying?

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04 Jun 2019 21:12 #656 by newcarlislefan
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It is lovely round there Wukkie. I'm in the very fortunate & privileged position of being able to be up there quite a bit.
Those fells are much more like the Yorkshire Dales really. Smooth and grassy and moor like in places. Swaledale is one of my very favourite places to go walking and there's a similarity.
Not great heights but you can be on the tops in 45 minutes in places.
Lovely views out over the Cumberland plain, Solway and towards Scotland.
Not as rugged, exciting or with edges and steep drops and not to everybodys taste and a bit of tramping up grassy hills but I love it.
As I said earlier, with Skiddaw as the backdrop, just walking the fields at the moment with the blossoms and the birds is lovely in itself.

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04 Jun 2019 21:12 #657 by Yorkie Blue
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Wukkie wrote: Never been round that bit NCF and there certainly looks some decent paths out there. I think I'll be leaving them until later in the Summer when the crowds flock the summits of Scafell Pike,Skiddaw and Helvellyn.



You won`t regret giving the area a try Wukkie, no dizzy heights or knife edge ridges, but nice and peaceful even on a fine bank holiday weekend.
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05 Jun 2019 17:44 - 05 Jun 2019 17:46 #658 by Wukkie
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I've done Great and Little Calva at back o' Skiddaw and that's about it. Weather permitting I'm going up Bakestall tomorra then onto Skiddaw and down Sale How if I find the right path if not I'll carry onto Little Man and head towards Skiddaw House.
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05 Jun 2019 18:00 #659 by Bluedazblue
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A circuit walk from the east side to High Pike and then on to Carrock Fell is a decent hike, with old mine workings and an Iron Age Fort for extra interest.
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05 Jun 2019 21:29 #660 by High Street
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Wukkie wrote: I've done Great and Little Calva at back o' Skiddaw and that's about it. Weather permitting I'm going up Bakestall tomorra then onto Skiddaw and down Sale How if I find the right path if not I'll carry onto Little Man and head towards Skiddaw House.


Come down the side to Carl Side. Lovely steep downhill path. I went via Bakestall from Orthwaite. That’ll get your calf muscles screaming!
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05 Jun 2019 22:03 #661 by Alan
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Little Man via South West arete is the Best hike in the Skiddaw Range by a country mile takes you straight to summit.
Probably the Best route up to Skiddaw too.

Best thing about it hardly anyone knows it existists.

www.wainwrightroutes.co.uk/skiddawlittleman_r1.htm
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06 Jun 2019 07:03 #662 by Yorkie Blue
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Spot on Alan, done that route a few times, thanks to Mr Wainwright. another favourite route to Skiddaw is from Bassenthwaite over Ullock Pike.
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06 Jun 2019 14:04 #663 by newcarlislefan
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Last couple of years in Bassenthwaite, Alan.
I moved up a part of the business to the village from the SE, so work, stay and walk from there whenever possible.
The move up also somewhat unexpectedly resulted in me becoming a Carlisle United fan after years away from the game and spending hours on here!
The plan is to eventually move up work and home permanently. Wife permitting.
Yes, Skiddaw most ways is a fantastic walk. I’d perhaps avoid the main route up from Keswick as it’s very busy but as others have said there are lots of good ways up.
I did that way up by Millbeck a decade or so again, Alan, and my main memory was just how steep it was!
I walked up the back ways by Southerndale and Barkbethdale recently and both are very secluded, enclosed and quiet ways up but with quiet steep pulls up at the end. Skiddaw really looms large over you as you approach it.
For me, my favourite route would be up by Ullock Pike and then down by Bakestall and then into the Dash valley by the waterfalls.
You get the excitement of the Lakes slowly appearing as you work your way up the ridge and then that wonderful view out across Keswick towards Borrowdale and Newlands. After all the hard work it’s a delight to walk across Longside Edge. Fabulous stuff.
As I get older I find coming down harder than going up and the knees going down that Ullock Pike ridge really start to feel it.
Walking back down through the Dash valley towards Peter House Farm on a nice warm evening is, for me, one of life’s great pleasures.
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07 Jun 2019 17:55 - 08 Jun 2019 14:00 #664 by Wukkie
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My knees give me trouble sometimes especially when coming down as it's more pressure on them. I did the Bakestall - Skiddaw but gave Laal Fella a miss as time was ticking on and went down Sale How as I planned. I'd gone up Carlside two week ago and didn't fancy the walk back to Peter House Farm from the bottom of there anyways! Garn up Skiddaw by Sale How must be the easiest way possible. I didn't even know it existed until two weeks ago so will be giving that a try in the future and the 3.7 mile walk to Skiddaw House will definithely give you time to get the legs going.

I'm planning on going up Blencathra again sometime but from the back via Mungrisdale probably as I've only ever been up from Threlkeld.

Pics taken wid my phone so don't expect out fancy! ;-)

Cumbria Way on the way to Whitewater Dash


Keswick&Derwent Water


Start of the River Caldew


I had a decent panoramic on top of Skiddaw but Tinypic keeps saving it on it's side and I'm unable to rotate it for some reason.
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07 Jun 2019 19:34 #665 by Alan
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Wukkie wrote: My knees give me trouble sometimes especially when coming down as it's more pressure on them. I did the Bakestall - Skiddaw but gave Laal Fella a miss as time was ticking on and went down Sale How as I planned. I'd gone up Carlside two week ago and didn't fancy the walk back to Peter House Farm from the bottom of there anyways! Garn up Skiddaw by Sale How must be the easiest way possible. I didn't even know it existed until two weeks ago so will be giving that a try in the future and the 3.7 mile walk to Skiddaw House will definithely give you time to get the legs going.

I'm planning on going up Blencathra again sometime but from the back via Mungrisdale probably as I've only ever been up from Threlkeld.


That walk from Mungrisdale was my last route on completing every route up Blencathra really nice hike following Glendermacken river round the back of sharp edge then up Foule Crag to summit.

A decent 9 miler and another of the less populated routes.
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08 Jun 2019 14:02 #666 by Wukkie
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I don't think I'll ever be doing Sharp Edge Alan but thanks for the pointers. I'll have to make a plan of it.

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09 Jun 2019 00:08 #667 by Yorkie Blue
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Sharp Edge deserves a bit of respect, but it`s not the scary place some might have you believe, the crux of the walk, toward the end of the ridge, is passing to the right of a blade of rock on a slightly sloping slab, in dry weather it`s not a problem, anyone who has experience of hillwalking will be able to traverse Sharp Edge safely, just take your time, most of the ridge is straightforward, pay attention to foot placement and use hands wherever you feel necessary and you`ll be ok.

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09 Jun 2019 00:18 #668 by munchymagic
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Yorkie Blue wrote: Sharp Edge deserves a bit of respect, but it`s not the scary place some might have you believe, the crux of the walk, toward the end of the ridge, is passing to the right of a blade of rock on a slightly sloping slab, in dry weather it`s not a problem, anyone who has experience of hillwalking will be able to traverse Sharp Edge safely, just take your time, most of the ridge is straightforward, pay attention to foot placement and use hands wherever you feel necessary and you`ll be ok.


Sounds like instadeath to me with a minute of me wailing AAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh as I hurtle down the canyon to my epic failure.
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09 Jun 2019 09:55 #669 by markredfox73
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More recently i have discovered more across the border to get away from fecking tourists pretending to be fellwalkers on the main honey pots ..

Try Galloway if you prefer more peace and quiet when fellwalking the Glentrool area is a really nice spot to walk around,higher and low level walks to suit all...and its even free parking unlike our end and the national mistrust prices.

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