17th January 2016

Ullock Pike, Longside and Carl Side

Time 10:30am to 2pm
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 5.2 mile
Ascent 2300 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Today I head out for a familiar walk along the Ullock Pike ridge. This is a walk I've done many of times over the years in the same / similar conditions as today and once again I got back to the car feeling more than pleased with what the fells had given me. Although, I can't ever remember there being this amount of spindrift on the walk up.

The corner in the fence marks the spot where I turn right and head up onto the actual ridge itself. After taking this picture of Bassenthwaite and the Lord's Seat fells, I stood for a minute looking up towards Ullock Pike. From here I could see clouds of spindrift blowing across the whole of the ridge, from the lower end of it to the top. So, it made sense to put the crampons on down here where I had a bit of shelter. I'd rather walk in them for 15 minutes when they're not really needed than try putting them on while being coated in spindrift.

Looking up the ridge to Ullock Pike.

and on my left hand side is Skiddaw.

A view back down the bottom of the ridge shows the spindrift was really blow about. Strangely; as I walked up here it was blowing from left to right across the ridge but, by the time I'd reached Ullock Pike it was blowing right to left.

Looking across Bassenthwaite Lake.

Approaching Ullock Pike summit.

Ullock Pike.

Looking across Longside Edge. There's no shelter at all on here and in these conditions with a strong side wind I consciously put a bit of thought into what I'm doing. Definitely not the time to make a mistake.
They didn't make a mistake, but sadly the group of 4 people (and a dog) ahead of me had to turn back because, as the guy put it "the dog's had enough" and "it was almost blown off the ridge". I did suggest it was actually easier to carry on and drop down from Carl Side to Dodd Wood instead of going back down the steep section on Ullock Pike but they chose to turn back anyway. I hope they all got down safely.


Looking back along the ridge.

Almost at the top of Longside.

Blimey, it wasn't half hard work walking across here. Most of the area between the path down there and Carl Side summit was under knee deep snow, so, here's a view back to Longside as I take one of many 'get your breath back' & 'give your legs a rest' stops.


Carl Side summit.

A cloud topped Skiddaw seen from Carl Side summit.

Snowy Lakeland, seen as begin the walk down from Carl Side. The path down here was completely hidden by the snow and although I know exactly which line the path takes, it's much easier to discard what you know and hijack someone else's footprints. As long as you know they're not going off in completely the wrong direction.


Looking across / down to Dodd.

After taking all the kit off that I no longer needed, (hat, gloves, crampons, waterproof jacket) I have a quick bite to eat and make my way down from Long Doors. It was like a different world down here in the shelter of the woods; positively tropical compared to the top of Carl Side.

Considering there were quite a few groups of people around the Long Doors area, making their way to and from Dodd summit, I was surprised to see only one other person between here and the car.

Sand Hill Farm is passed as I walk between Dodd Wood and the car.

And that was another fantastic walk with a real taste of winter.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks