The High Pike and Carrock Fell walk in the Lake District

West from Bowscale to Bowscale Tarn, then north into the valley between Bowscale Fell and Carrock Fell to cross the River Caldew at Roundhouse. West through the valley followed by a climb to Coomb Height, then north along the Cumbria Way to High Pike. East via Miton Hill and Round Knott to the summit of Carrock Fell and after a steep descent to join the minor road near Apronful of Stones it’s south to Mosedale and back to the starting point in Bowscale. An 11-mile walk in the Lake District.


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Bridleway leading to Bowscale Tarn, beneath the northern slopes of Bowscale Fell.


Looking north across the valley at the southern flanks of Carrock Fell.


The view down to Roundhouse in the valley between Bowscale Fell and Carrock Fell.


The River Caldew at Roundhouse.


Footbridge across the River Caldew at Roundhouse.


Picturesque farm buildings at Roundhouse.


The River Caldew with Coomb Height in the background.


Signpost for Skiddaw House, a youth hostel on the Cumbria Way 3½ miles to the south-west. But our route is straight ahead to the top of Coomb height.


Looking back down the valley between Bowscale Fell and Carrock Fell.


The view south towards Blencathra as seen from the eastern ascent of Coomb Height.


The view south-west towards Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw Little Man as seen from the eastern ascent of Coomb Height.

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Lingy Hut, a bothy on the Cumbria Way between Coomb Height and High Pike.

The last time I was here the area was covered in deep snow and the bothy provided a very welcome shelter and resting place.


Carrock Fell as seen from the summit of High Pike, height 658 metres (2159 feet).


The summit of High Pike with extensive views north and north-west towards Carlisle and the Solway Firth respectively.


Former mining area near Drygill Head.


The route to Carrock Fell between Miton Hill and Round Knott.


The distinctive bowl-shaped glacial landform of Tarn Crags and Bowscale Tarn.


Amazing scenery on the approach to the Carrock Fell summit.

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The summit of Carrock Fell, height 649 metres (2129 feet).


The descent of Carrock Fell, which became steep and very difficult.


The view east from Carrock Fell over to Penrith and the North Pennines.


The Apronful of Stones below Carrock Fell.


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