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High Pike and Carrock Fell Walk

The weather has been so good that we had to get out and head for the Northern Lake District fells for a walk. These are some of our favourite fells mainly because they are not as popular as the more well known fells so you can almost have the place to yourself.

While I’m out I’m always searching for painting subjects.

The walk up High Pike is fairly easy. This area was a mining area mainly for tungsten and magnetic iron, it’s an area of geological interest, the gabbro found here is only found on the Isle of Skye.

Once up the views are spectacular.

Frome here we set off up Carrock Fell, which is about 2 miles away in this photo below. Carrock is derived from carreg meaning stony, I think there should be a mention of the peat bogs in the name too, it was quite wet in a few places.

Looking towards Carrock Fell from High Pike.
The summit is in sight.

Once reaching the summit I was surprised at the size of the Neolithic hillfort, it was destroyed by the Romans but the boundary walls are still visible.

What a vantage point, not forgetting it was a lot warmer in Neolithic times.

Once we started our decent and got out of the wind I stopped, there was total silence, a rare thing these days.

I read that Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins climbed Carrock Fell, they were not impressed. Collins sprained his ankle. Dickens used this as inspiration in his novella ‘The Lazy Tour Of Two Idle Apprentices’, the characters are Francis Goodchild, (Dickens) and Thomas Idle, (Collins).

On the way down we got onto the wrong path, we could see our path so we had to cut across country, we came to a stream which was too wide to leap across, there was nothing for it but to take off our boots and socks and paddle across, my feet went numb.

An added bonus on our 13 mile walk was a sighting of the fell ponies which are said to have originated from Roman ponies. A perfect day out on the fells.