14th August 2010

Ullock Pike, Longside and Carl Side


Walk Overview
Time 11.00 to 14.00
Duration 3 hr
Distance 5.2 mile
Ascent 2400 ft
Walking with On my own
Near Ravenstone Hotel - Ling How - The Edge - Ullock Pike - Longside - Carl Side - White Stones - Long Doors - Dodd Wood - path next to A591 - Near Ravenstone Hotel
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside spaces, Ravenstone Hotel, Bassenthwaite

There are a few different parking areas along the road between the main car park at Dodd Wood and the Ravenstone Hotel so I have grouped them all together into one.

An obvious circular walk in this area is an ascent of Carl Side via the Ullock Pike ridge and then descending back to the valley by way of Dodd. Should this be your choice of walk then the starting point along this section of road is irrelevant.


Route Map

I think I'm starting to form a habit here. This is the third week in a row that I've set off to walk Dollywaggon Pike and Nethermost Pike, sat at the top of Dunmail Raise and then changed my mind because the weather wasn't as clear as I wanted. It's not because I'm particularly bothered about walking up there in the cloud, I just wanted to get a decent view.
Anyway: I'd changed my mind again and I had to go somewhere instead, so I eventually ended up here.

To say the least, it was overgrown along the steep path from the road to the open fellside below the main ridge.

Looking across to Bassenthwaite.

A close up of the Scottish hills found on the opposite side of the Solway Firth.

On the ridge now and looking towards Bassenthwaite village and Binsey.

Looking up the ridge to Ullock Pike.


Ullock Pike and Longside Edge, both of which were free of cloud by the time I'd walked that far.

Ullock Pike summit. The smaller, darker fell is Dodd and the lake is Derwent Water.

Walking across Longside Edge.

Sunshine on Bassenthwaite village and the surrounding area.

Ullock Pike above Bassenthwaite Lake.

Just across from Carl Side summit you get this fine view down to Keswick and Derwent Water.
The pointed looking fell below me is Carlsleddam.

Carl Side summit and somewhere up among the cloud is Skiddaw.


Although the day was clearing, by the look of this picture I still think I'd made the right decision to leave Dollywaggon Pike and Nethermost Pike until a clearer day.

The aptly named White Stones seen here in front of a whole host of north western fells.

A close up of Dodd.

And not so close, but this time showing a section of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Despite having something to eat at White Stones, I still manages to have a decent feed off the raspberry bushes found a little further down the track. They might have been small, but you can't get fresher than this.


Now all that remained was to walk along this track to the car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks