22nd August 2008

An obvious circular walk taking in Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl Side


Walk Overview
Time 14.40 to 17.40
Duration 3 hr
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 2600 ft
Walking with On my own
Ravenstone Hotel (back of) - Ling How - Ullock Pike - Long Side - Carl Side - White Stones - Dodd Wood - Old Sawmill Tearooms - Roadside Parh
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

A somewhat overgrown route leads alongside the main road before finally heading up hill to reach the Ullock Pike ridge.


Bassenthwaite village with Binsey behind.

Once you reach the ridge you're faced with an 'upward' view of Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl Side. It doesn't end up feeling as far as it looks by the way.

the view behind shows some lovely countryside around the Bassenthwaite area, Binsey, the Solway Firth and the Scottish hills in the distance.

The brooding mass of Skiddaw dominates the scene on the left hand side of the climb.

Bassenthwaite Lake seen from the steepest section of the walk; just below Ullock Pike summit.

Keswick, Derwent Water and Portinscale (and one or two fells), seen from Ullock Pike summit.


Looking across the ridge to Long Side and Carl Side. The darker pointed fell further back is Skiddaw Little Man.

And the same view, this time from the other side of Long Side.


Found in a sea of purple heather is the aptly named White Stones; an excellent vantage point for views across to the north western fells, , , ,

, , , and also across to Keswick, Derwent Water and the central fells, , , ,

, , , go on then, I may as well show you this as well; if you look this way you get a fine view over Latrigg, to St John's on the Vale and across to the eastern fells.

Sunshine on the fells above Braithwaite (Barrow, Stile End and Causey Pike).

A close up of Newlands Valley.

Bassenthwaite Lake's southern end in front of Barf, Lord's Seat and Whinlater Forest. This is the end of the lake that floods after spells of heavy rain.

Next to 'The Old Sawmill Tearoom" you find this bridge and signpost showing the various routes through Dodd Wood. A very popular place for visitors to the Lake District.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks