~Back o' Beyond~
25th April 2009
I was camping at Gillside, Glenridding and so an approach on the fells behind Skiddaw was not too difficult. I drove round to Fell Side, near Caldbeck. There is limited parking near the farm at Fell Side and really no other parking nearby, certainly not on the roadside as the road is not wide enough. I clearly remember a previous visit to Roughton Gill and I know it was in 1991. I was distracted for a number of years thereafter, but I knew I would be back one day....
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Parked at Fell Side at 08:45
This is a wonderful place, so near, yet so far away from the Langdales, Coniston, Borrowdale - all those fine places which attract too many people. Please don't tell them about this route to Roughton Gill.
Old Mine in Hay Gill
Sheepfold in Swinburn Gill
I find the subject of industrial history very interesting, hence the mines photo and my search for evidence of times gone by. Sheepfolds offer another slant on times gone by, most of these have fallen into some state of disrepair. For more on sheepfolds, click here.
Looking back from Roughton Gill
I can't explain all that used to go here. Just try to imagine the endeavours of the men over centuries in this place. Wages were won only by hard graft, some, if not all of the levels were cut by hand.
One of the Mines in Roughton Gill
Great Sca Fell
First "Hello's" of the Day
The summit of Great Sca Fell is reached by following Roughton Gill about as far as it goes, then making a right turn and heading for the prominent landmark which is the summit cairn on Great Sca Fell. Next target was Meal Fell and I was to be slightly inconvenienced by greetings to this couple, who were enjoying the remote landscape just like me.
Meal Fell Summit
Lingy Hut on the Cumbrian Way
After a snack on Meal Fell, it was a pull up Frozen Fell to Knott and from there it was the high level tramp to High Pike as detailed in Wainwright Book 5, Knott 12. Lingy Hut is en route and offers shelter to walkers. A guest book invites comments, I did put pen to paper, but I can't recall what I said.
High Pike Summit 2009, looking East
Wainwright Book 5, High Pike 11
This is my last photo from the walk, the weather had been closing in for some time and soon enough it began to rain, but I only had to suffer 15 minutes or so of the wet stuff.
After the walk I drove into Caldbeck for a look around, these houses have a certain charm.
Walkers: Just Me
Time taken: 6hr 40 minutes over an undetermined distance, at least 10 miles, I reckon.
Route: Fell Side, Dale Beck, Roughton Gill, Great Sca Fell, Meal Fell, Knott, High Pike, Potts Gill, Fell Side
Weather and conditions: Bright start, bit windy on Meal Fell and Knott, closing in, rain at the end.
Greetings Count: Low, one couple near Meal Fell and then a few on the Cumbrian Way.
Richard's Refreshment Review: The Old Smithy tearoom at Caldbeck. Recommended for light refreshments.
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