The Lake District Mountains
We started from near Apronful of Stones just north of Stone Ends farm and followed the path that climbs steeply via Further Gill Sike, eventually reaching the cairn at the eastern peak. We stopped briefly for some lunch at the summit, taking shelter from a cold wind amongst the remnants of the iron age hill fort. The skies were mostly grey throughout the walk with only an occasional glimpse of blue. Skiddaw and the tops of the other highest fells were shrouded in cloud all day but the rain which had been promised never materialised. We continued from Carrock Fell's summit to a very cold High Pike via Round Knott and Miton Hill before descending past the old mines and over Carrock Beck back to the main road and our starting point. I then enjoyed a pint of Jennings bitter at the Mill Inn, Mungrisdale, while Joe skimmed stones across the River Glenderamackin.
The start of the walk, just north of Stone Ends Farm. The path leads up to Further Gill Sike
Looking towards Blencathra
Joe resting by the cairn at the eastern top. Despite his face he was having a great time!
Looking up the valley of the River Caldew towards Skiddaw
The summit at 2165 ft
Towards Round Knott
Pretending to be tired
4 years since I was last here
Looking over Miton Hill with High Pike beyond
Miton Hill 'summit'
Joe at the top of Drygill Beck with Carrock Fell behind
Joe, praying for a passing bus at the summit 2158ft
At the trig point
Looking back to the summit as we drop down
High Pike from Carrock Beck