18th August 2012

Ullock Pike, Longside, Carlside and St Bega Church


Walk Overview
Time 13.10 to 16.25
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 7.2 mile
Ascent 2500 ft
Walking with On my own
Near Ravenstone Hotel - Ling How - The Edge - Ullock Pike - Longside Edge - Carlside - White Stones - Long Doors - Dodd Wood - Mirehouse - St Bega Church - 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 would have liked to get out a decent time today and have a full day on the fells, but first thing this morning it was that wet it wouldn't have been right to put a cat out in it. So, after a morning at home I set out for a walk over the Ullock Pike ridge. As it turned out, I should have waited an hour or so longer because it turned into a lovely afternoon.

Heading up the fellside to reach the path on the ridge itself; up there on the right.

and looking back, Bassenthwaite open up below you.
The pointed bit on the skyline is Lord's Seat.

Although it's a good 500ft higher than I am at this point, the top of Binsey is under cloud and remained so for most of the time it was in view.

Looking up to Ullock Pike.

and again

A close up of St Bega Church.

Skiddaw under some quite fast moving cloud.

This is Ullock Pike summit and that's Derwent Water down there in the valley.

Just a short walk along the ridge and you're at Longside which in turn, is only a short walk from Carl Side.


Standing near Carl Side summit and looking cross to Skiddaw. The narrow line running up through the scree is the path up to Skiddaw.

As I left Carl Side a wall of cloud was rising up and blocking part of the view. To be honest, when cloud behaves like this it add to the picture rather than taking anything away.

More cloud.

At White Stones now and the day is definitely taking a turn for the better.

A view back up to Carl Side.


Osprey watchers.

This is more like it. Dry is good, blue sky is great and hot sunshine is the icing on the cake.

I'll bet there was no one sitting outside here at 9 o'clock this morning.

The secret garden.

There is a path that runs from the Sawmill Tea Rooms to the car, but it was so nice I took the longer route through the grounds of Mirehouse and past the church. To access all areas of Mirehouse you need to buy a ticket although there is a free of charge route through the grounds.

As seen as though I took a couple of steps inside the gate, technically I should have gone back to buy a ticket.`

Next to St Bega Church you find this cross which provides a nice foreground for a picture looking across to Dodd. I suspect it wasn't put here for this reason.

And here's the church itself.

    , , , , but that's not exactly true is it

David Hall -
Lake District Walks