26th June 2013

Great Calva to Great Cockup


Walk Overview
Time 10.45am to 4pm
Duration 5 hr 5 min
Distance 9.7 mile
Ascent 2600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Peter House Farm - Dash Falls - Dead Beck - Great Calva - Knott - Great Sca Fell - Meal Fell - Trusmadoor - Great Cockup - Orthwaite Bank - Cassbeck Bridge - Peter Hosue Farm
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Peter House Farm, Orthwaite

The half a dozen or so spaces here are found along some very narrow roads around the northern side of the Lake District. In places, you just hope you don't meet anything coming in the opposite direction. Even though there isn't a great deal of space, this is somewhere I'm always confident about getting parked.

This spot offers convenient access to the Uldale / back of Skiddaw fells, and the track leading to Skiddaw House.


Route Map

It was more or less Jennifer's choice of walk today. She wanted to walk up Great Calva, Knott and then return over some of the Uldale Fells. I was given the job of coming up with a circular route. The walk started by following this narrow farm road from Peter House Farm (in among the trees down there) up to Dash Falls.
In the distance is Binsey.

On the opposite side of the valley is Brockle Crag, an easily identifiable point in the area. Towards the end of the walk we'll be walking across the skyline over there.

There's Brockle Crag again and in the distance is Binsey.

Dash Falls or at least the top of them.

Although we've gained quite a bit of height by now, the higher fells around you give the feeling that you're still at a much lower altitude. To put it into perspective, I've now standing at roughly the same height as the top of Cat Bells.

Jennifer leads the way to Great Calva.

Turning around you get a great view looking between Lonscale Fell and Blencathra to the fells on each side of Thirlmere which is just visible in the centre of the picture.

Looking across to the summit. The one I'm standing on is the false summit seen for most of the walk up here.

The false summit.

After leaving the summit we made our way down to the flatish area down there between Great and Little Calva. Thankfully it was almost dry today, although after periods of rain it's like a big sponge.

Looking across to Knott.

Not far to go now and although it's all up hill the going is quite easy.

Knott summit cairn in front of Carrock Fell and to the left is High Pike.

And now in front of Mungrisdale Common, Blencathra and this time on the left are Bowscale Fell and Bannerdale Crags.

The next fell is Great Sca Fell; mostly down hill but not very far anyway.

Great Sca Fell summit.

Heading down to Meal Fell. Given it's name, this seemed an appropriate place for something to eat.
Behind Meal Fell is Great Cockup and between the two of them is a steep downhill and then a steep uphill section.

A view across to Lowthwaite Fell and Longlands Fell.

Turning around for a look back to Great Sca Fell (and the dead sheep we'd just passed).

Meal Fell summit.

Binsey, Overwater and the Solway Firth. In the distance you can see the Scottish hills.

Great Cockup, seen here above Trusmadoor.

Standing in Trusmadoor itself.

From the Great Cockup side of Trusmadoor you get a great view into Frozenfell Gill.

And from the same spot, I'm now looking down to Burntod Gill.
The high Fells in the distance are Skiddaw and Bakestall.

Looking back across to Meal Fell (the bulcky one on the left), Great Sca Fell (the one behind and to the right of Meal Fell) and Frozen Fell (the bulcky one on the right).

Great Cockup's broad grassy ridge.


That's Mirkholme Farm, sticking out like a sore thumb amongst all the bracken and trees.

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Lake District Walks