20th November 2004

Ullock Pike ridge, Skiddaw, Bakestall and the quiet little valley of Barkbethdale.


Walk Overview
Time 08.55 to 13.40
Duration 5 hr 35 min
Distance 8.7 mile
Ascent 3455 ft
Walking with On my own
High Side - Ullock Pike - Long Side - Carl Side - Skiddaw - Bakestall - Bassenthwaite Common - High Side
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, High Side, Bassenthwaite

The half dozen or so spaces near High Side offer a nice and handy option for access to the Ullock Pike ridge or the Bakestall area. Although there aren't many spaces this is somewhere I've always been able to get a space and it is free.


Route Map

The first snow this winter.
Looking down the start of the of the Ullock Pike ridge.
We had some bad weather a couple of days ago, which had left all of the higher fells with a covering of snow on them. I though I'd take advantage of this with a walk on some of the higher northern fells.

Bassenthwaite Lake from just below Ullock Pike summit.

Ullock Pike summit.

Ullock Pike from the path to Long Side.
Scotland and the Solway Firth can be seen on the background.

Bassenthwaite Lake and the North Western fells from Long Side.

Long Side summit.

From Carl Side summit looking back towards Long Side.
Although the fells had an extensive covering of snow it wasn't very deep at all. Along some of the rockier parts it was quite slippery, where people had been walking the day before.

Carl Side Tarn with the Helvellyn range behind.

Looking across to Long Side and Ullock Pike from the path between Carl Side Tarn and Skiddaw.

Blencathra from Skiddaw summit.

The path from Skiddaw to Bakestall.
The fells on the right of the picture are the Back O'Skiddaw fells.

Blencathra and Lonscale Fell from the path below Skiddaw.
Skiddaw house can be found in the middle of the small group of trees on the left of the picture.

Lonscale on the left and Skiddaw Little Man on the right.
This picture was taken at 12.10 yet looking towards the Central and Eastern fells the sky had a look of sunrise / sunset about it. The whole of the Lake District had a band of cloud across it which made some really strange light conditions. Yet the views across to Scotland, Carlisle and to the Pennines were as clear as I've ever seen them, blue sky and sunshine as far as the eye could see.

And again.

Great Calva and the Back O'Skiddaw fells from the route down to Bakestall.

Barkbethdale and Bassenthwaite Common.

Binsey from the path just above Barkbeth Gill.

And again from the other side of Barkbeth Gill on the path leading around to Little Knott.

From Barkbethdale looking up to Skiddaw.

Almost the same view as the last picture, but this time from Barkbeth Hill.

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Lake District Walks