13th October 2007

Raising a glass on Raise for Jo's 214


Walk Overview
Time 09.55 to 17.15
Duration 7 hr 20 min
Distance 8.9 mile
Ascent 3450 ft
Walking with Terry, Jo, Freddy, Edmund, Ann, Roger, John, Jill, Angie
Wanthwaite - Nr Threlkeld Knotts - Clough Head - Calfhow Pike - Great Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Stybarrow Dodd - Sticks Pass - Raise - Ski Tow - Sticks Pass - Stanah
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Wanthwaite, St John's in the Vale

Because of the closeness to peoples houses, I'm never sure whether or not to park at the junction with the Old Coach Road or not, so I generally try to park a little further along the road just past the turn off to Wanthwaite Bridge. Which ever option you go for there isn't much room. I should point out that the second option I've described is along the edge of a very busy main road.


Route Map

I'm glad this one came out. It's actually the top of a wooden fence post, looking almost as though it was taken under water.

Looking back down the start of The Old Coach Road with the cloud swirling around High Rigg on the other side of the valley.

Almost up in the clouds now and time for a picture of St John's in the Vale, before the view disappears altogether.

Rocks, crags and scree on the steep route between Threlkeld Knotts and the ridge near Clough Head.

No view of Blencathra or the Skiddaw fells today I'm afraid, but the lack of views did little to dampen our enjoyment. Today's walk had been planned by Jo, seen here having a well earned sit down at Clough Head summit. The main aim of the walk was in fact our final fell of the day; Raise. Which would be Jo's 214th and final fell on her quest to visit all the fells listed by Wainwright in his seven books.

Wet ground between Clough Head and Calfhow Pike.

Calfhow Pike; a rocky knoll found almost exactly half way between Clough Head and Great Dodd.
During good conditions you wouldn't be alone in thinking that Calfhow Pike was somewhat out of place along this section of fellside. It just doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the ridge at all. An afterthought perhaps; dating back to the time when the Lake District was being made. And in the same way as those items of furniture you have to put together yourself, it suddenly becomes apparent that there's "a bit left over".
Whoever suggested "sticking it" here was undoubtedly doing us all a favour. During poor visibility this is an unmistakable landmark which confirms exactly where you are along an otherwise grassy, featureless ridge.

Then, much to our delight, the clouds parted and the views opened up on both sides of the ridge. This side allowed us a brief glimpse of Thirlmere.

While the other side showed us Great Mell Fell and even a little sunshine on Threlkeld Common.

Calfhow Pike.

The cloud soon rolled back across the fells and normal service was resumed once again.


214 out of 214. Let the celebrations now begin.

Rather than simply double back along the path to the top of Sticks Pass we took a short detour to see the ski tow on the eastern side of the fell.



A short, off path section soon brought us to the path we'd been on earlier and within minutes of that we were back at the highest point on Sticks Pass.

It was still a bit murky when we eventually dropped below the cloud on the route down Sticks Pass, but at least we now had a view to admire.

A fine sheepfold on Sticks Pass.

A section of the aqueduct feeding Thirlmere from Stanah Gill.

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