29th December 2005

Ullock Pike to Keswick


Walk Overview
Time 10.20 to 15.10
Duration 4 hr 50 min
Distance 8.25 mile
Ascent 3320 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney ( full route ) Anne Leaney, Roger & Ann Hiley, John Patterson, Jo Hall, Ian Smith ( as far as Carl Side )
Nr Mirehouse - Nr Ravenstone Hotel - Ullock Pike - Long Side - Carl Side - Skiddaw - Skiddaw Little Man - Gale Road - Spooney Lane
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car Park, Dodd Wood, Bassenthwaite

With the country house at Mirehouse and Dodd Wood itself sharing the same car park, it's pot luck whether you'll get a space here during the summer months. The good news is that a little further along the A591 (driving away from Keswick) there a couple of places where you can generally manage to get parked. Of course you're then left with the need to follow the footpath back to the main car park, but needs must I suppose.

There is a charge at the main car park, but the alternatives along the road are free. There's also a good tea room at Dodd Wood.


Route Map


Bassenthwaite from the Ullock Pike ridge.

And looking across the lake towards Lord's Seat. The highest fell in the background is Grisedale Pike.

As we gained height the icy wind grew even stronger making it necessary to put on some extra clothing.

Binsey from a little further up the ridge.

Bassenthwaite Lake. From here we could see the band of cloud that had been forecast moving in from the West.

Cloud on Skiddaw. Taken from Ullock Pike.

Looking ahead to Long Side. The fell in the middle of the picture is Skiddaw Little Man.

From the path between Ullock Pike and Long Side we got this great view over Dodd and down to Derwent Water. With a mixture of the frost in the valleys and the weather front starting to move over the Lake District we had these strange light conditions for most of the walk today.

Carl Side from the path just below Long Side summit.

Carlside Tarn frozen solid.
The plan for today was to walk from Carl Side to Dodd and then back to the cars, but Andrew and I decided that Skiddaw looked far too inviting to miss out. So the two of us continued up to Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man and then down to Keswick, where we were picked up and returned to our cars at Mierhouse.

Skiddaw Summit. A very popular mountain today.

As we were walking across the summit ridge the cloud was coming and going all the time, but when it did clear we had this fantastic view to Skiddaw Little Man (right), Lonscale Fell (left, with the dark edge) and the Eastern / Far Eastern Fells.

The path to Skiddaw Little Man.

Looking down towards St John's in the Vale and the Eastern fells from the recently reconstructed path up to Skiddaw.

And looking back up the path from near Gale Road car park.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks