High Pike, Caldbeck

Details
Grid Ref NY 319 350
Height 2,157 ft

High Pike is one of the most northerly of all the Lake District fells, and is quite simply a lovely place to walk. I wouldn't say this is likely to be as deserted as some places, but you'll generally find High Pike and its surroundings much quieter than the more central touristy areas of the Lakes. If it is seclusion you're after, then you can easily spend hours on your own exploring the areas of pathless fellside and the streams and becks running between the many short grassy ridges around here. There is an obvious steepness in parts of this area when you wander away from the paths, although in general, the fell itself has a nice gentle feel to it.

Normally I'd say the actual summit of a fell is nothing more than the highest point, and so what about it. This on the other hand is perhaps one of the exceptions. Not only does High Pike have a summit shelter, it also has a stone seat which offers a little luxury as you eat your sandwiches. The cherry on the top of this cake however, is the information on top of the trig point. A circular metal plate has direction lines engraved into it indicating the distance to various other places. It doesn't sound too thrilling I know, but I can't believe anyone would look at it and not have a "I'd never have thought that" moment.

As with many of the other fells, High Pike is regularly twinned with one of its neighbours to make a walk with multiple fells. In this case the twin being Carrock Fell. The route between the two is easy to follow and surprisingly level, but you should know it does hold a heck of a lot of water along the way.

 
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Route suggestions

Route suggestion: Caldbeck - Upton - Nether Row - High Pike
3.5 mile / approx 1400 ft ascent
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This is a lovely walk from Caldbeck, taking you through an area of lush farmland before bringing you to the foot of High Pike itself. This is where you begin to come across some of the many old mine workings found in this area.

 

Route suggestion: Calebreck - Howthwaite - Carrock Beck - Red Covercloth - High Pike
2.7 mile / approx 1200 ft ascent
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This is a nice quiet route taking you through the secluded little valley that holds Carrock Beck before you head steeply up to eastern side of High Pike and the strangely named section of fellside called Red Covercloth.
A nice variation on this route is to follow the path across the broad grassy ridge of West Fell.

 

Route suggestion: End of Mosedale Road - Grainsgill Beck - Lingy Hut - High Pike
2.2 mile / approx 1200 ft ascent
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This is a bit of an out of the way place to begin a walk. Well, I suppose it all depends on where you've came from but for most people is isn't the easiest place to reach.
Despite first appearances, this route to High Pike is quite easy to follow. In fact, if you stand near the bridge at the end of the road, you can actually see Lingy Hut high up on the skyline. It isn't very big, but it does offer a little reassurance that you're heading in the right direction.

Again, this route passes through an area of old mine workings which will be of particular interest to those who enjoy this type of thing.


Photo gallery

High Pike from the path across Carrock Fell
 
Cloudy High Pike from West Fell

 

 

 
On route from Carrock Fell

 

 

 

 

 

Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 12

1st January 2017
  Carrock Fell, High Pike and West Fell 6.1 mile about 1700 ft
Apron full of Stones - Further Gill Sike - Carrock Fell - Round Knott - Miton Hill - High Pike - West Fell - Quaker Hill - road back to the car
 

26th May 2013
  Carrock Fell, High Pike and West Fell 6.1 mile 1700 ft
Apron full of Stones - Further Gill Sike - Carrock Fell - Round Knott - Mitton Hill - High Pike - West Fell - Quaker Hill - road back to the car
 

4th June 2012
  High Pike and Carrock Fell from Caldbeck 12.1 mile 2600 ft
Caldbeck - Upton - Nether Row - High Pike - Miton Hill - Round Knott - Carrock Fell - Rospow Hills - Carrock Beck - Howthwaite - Stony Bank - Birket - Nether Row - Upton - Caldbeck
 

7th August 2010
  Cloud and drizzle on Carrock Fell and High Pike 6 mile 1650 ft
Calebreck - Carrock Beck - Carrock Fell - Miton Hill - High Pike - West Fell - Calebreck
 

11th April 2010
  Carrock Fell and High Pike 9.3 mile 1950 ft
Apronfull of Stones - Carrock Beck ford - Carrock Fell - Round Knott - Miton Hill - High Pike - Hare Stones - Lingy Hut - Grainsgill Beck - Roundhouse - Mosedale - Apronfull of Stones
 

12th April 2009
  A much gentler side of the Lake District. Caldbeck to Hesket Newmarket via High Pike 10.4 mile 2000 ft
Caldbeck - Upton - Nether Row - Deer hills - High Pike - West Fell - Calebreck - Wood Hall - Hesket Newmarket - Street Head - Townhead - Upton - Caldbeck
 

12th October 2008
  Seclusion on the northern fells - Longlands Fell to High Pike 11.3 mile 2560 ft
Longlands - Longlands Fell - Little Sca Fell - Great Sca Fell - Knott - Lingy Hut - High Pike - Deer Hills - Ingray Gill - Felslide - Branthwaite - Charlton Wath (ford) - Longlands
 

18th December 2007
  High Pike - a great day in a great place 8.7 mile 1749 ft
Mosedale - Caldbeck Common Road - Carrock Beck - West Fell - High Pike - Lingy Hut - Grainsgill Beck - Swinedale - Mosedale
 

15th October 2006
  High Pike from Caldbeck - nice countryside and a lovely village 8 mile 1716 ft
Caldbeck - Upton - Nether Row - High Pike - Deer Hills - Nether Row - Upton - Caldbeck
 

3rd May 2006
  A sunny afternoon on Carrock Fell and High Pike 6.5 mile 1804 ft
Stone Ends - Carrock Fell - Milton Hill - High Pike - Carrock Beck - Stone Ends
 

23rd April 2005
  Carrock Fell, High Pike and Lingy Hut. 8.6 mile 2041 ft
Mosedale - Carrock Fell - High Pike - Lingy Hut - Swinside - Mosedale
 

29th February 2004
  Carrock Fell, High Pike, Lingy Hut and a small section of the Cumbria Way. 9.1 mile 2119 ft
Bowscale (village) - Stone Ends farm - Carrock Fell - High Pike - Cumbria Way track - Lingy Hut - Swineside - Bowscale (Village)
 



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Lake District Walks