17th March 2012

Ullock Pike to Skiddaw


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 12.45
Duration 4 hr
Distance 7.2 mile
Ascent 2900 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
High Side - Watches - Ling How - Ullock Pike - Longside - Carl Side - Carlside Tarn - Skiddaw - Broad End - Barkbethdale - Southerndale Beck - 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

Today's walk was a plan B which was chosen last night because of the not too great forecast. The first thing we said to each other was "this was not forecast". Never mind, as far as plan Bs go this is a great walk.

A close up of Bassenthwaite Church and its surroundings.

Bassenthwaite seen from the lower section of the ridge.
(there are a few picture of Bassenthwaite on this walk)

Binsey in the distance and Watches in the foreground.

The north western fells and the southern (Keswick) end of Bassenthwaite.

Bassenthwaite Lake seen from the ridge.
The two lower fells to the left of the lake are Ling Fell and Sale Fell.



Skiddaw and Skiddaw Little Man seen from Longside. Carl Side summit is a couple of pixels to the right of the picture.

Keswick, Derwent Water and more fells than you can shake a stick at. All seen from Carl Side.

Carl Side summit.

Interesting clouds.

Skiddaw, seen from Carl Side. The summit is the dark bit on the left. I know it looks lower from here but it isn't.

Passing by Carlside Tarn.
Skiddaw Little Man is up on the left and the eastern fells are in the distance.

This picture of Longside and Ullock Pike was taken just after beginning the steep walk up to Skiddaw.

Up on the Skiddaw ridge now and look at all that space, , , fantastic.

Skiddaw summit.

and the same view without the columns.

This is Barkbethdale, as peaceful and quiet a spot as you'll ever find.

The northern ends of Barkbethdale and Southerndale are separated by the aptly named Little Knott. This picture of the entrance of Southerndale, Watches and Bassenthwaite Lake was taken from the path over Little Knott.

Binsey, taken from the track leading us off the fell and onto the farm land.

Looking into Southerndale with Ullock Pike, Longside and Carl Side on the skyline.

David Hall -
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