10th July 2011

Caw and Stickle Pike


Walk Overview
Time 14.20 to 17.35
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 4.8 mile
Ascent 1900 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Kiln Bank Cross - Park Head Road - Caw - Broadslack - Park Head Road - Stickle Tarn - Stickle Pike - Kiln Bank Cross
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Kiln Bank Cross, Duddon Valley

I suppose it all depends where you've came from, but this spot could understandably be described a being rather out of the way and difficult to get to. Those who are prepared to go 'out of their way' will be pleased they did, for this is a peaceful area of the Lake District with fells of modest height and beautiful countryside.

The parking spaces are found at the highest point on the road between Duddon Valley and Broughton Mills.


Route Map

Albeit much later than a normal weekend start time, we headed to Duddon Valley for a walk on two lovely quiet fells today; Caw and Stickle Pike. This is one of those areas that never seems to have many visitors and today was no exception. We only passed one other small family group, who as it turned out recognised us and asked the "are you David" question. It's always good when this happens, particularly in out of the way places like this.

Heading along Park Head Road; the track running between Seathwaite and Kiln Bank Cross. Today we used the track as a convenient way of linking Caw and Stickle Pike together in the same walk. If time permits, there are other options you can use instead of backtracking along here as we did on this occasion. A nice alternative is to walk across Fox Haw and Raven's Crag.

A view back showing Stickle Pike.

A close up of Harter Fell, Hard Knott, Esk Pike, Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags.

And a not so close up.

It's just as well the bracken doesn't last very long on this fell because it really makes it tough going when there's no path and stones everywhere.

Caw summit, in front of the Coniston Fells.

Looking around to the left and you can see into Duddon Valley and across to an impressive number of of the Lake District's higher fells, including Pillar, both Scafells, Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags.

Talk about bad luck. It was evident that most of the Lake District was still enjoying lots of sunshine, but sadly our little corner was gradually being taken over by a band of high level cloud coming across from the coast.

A steep descent from Caw.


Back on Park Head Road and a look back to Caw.


This is an entrance to one of the many old mine working found in this area. You may be able to make out the 'prison bars' blocking off the entrance. The gate was actually unlocked and I did think about venturing inside, but thought better of it. Perhaps I should bring a torch on my next visit and possibly a ball of string so I can tie one end to the gate and unroll it as I go along, , , I'm sure you get the idea.

As with everywhere else around here you have a few different options to get to where you're heading. To get to Stickle Pike today, we followed a short diagonal path from the road to a ruin found just below Stickle Tarn and then more or less straight up to the top.
This picture is looking across to Fox Haw (right) and Caw (the pointed fell in the centre).

Stickle Tarn in shade.


Stickle Pike summit.

Back down at Stickle Tarn now and ten minutes later back at the car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks