OS Grid ref:
It's just over a week to the Winter solstice and the shortest
day and when I arrived in Mosedale it was still dark. The
drizzly weather turned to a short burst of heavy rain so I
waited in the car for the rain to stop and some light to arrive.
My first objective was to climb Carrock Fell by a different
route where no footpath is shown on the maps. The aerial images
showed what looked like various sheep tracks and as I set off
above Town End Cottages I was pleasantly surprised to find a
fairly good path winding up between the gorse.
Just coming light as I set off.
Without a path the rocks and gorse would probably be
impenetrable. As the gradient and exposure began to ease I came
to a large stone sheep bield. Behind the wall was a fairly level
spot where a tent would fit. I followed the path further up and
came to another built of equally substantial stones. A large
area of fell called White Crags opened up and the track
continued across it. The very wet heather on either side soon
made my boots very wet.
From the first bield on the climb.
Carrock Fell summit cairn.
The summit cairn of Carrock Fell came briefly into view as the
cloud cleared a bit. Shortly below the summit I reached another
substantial bield where I stopped for an early lunch. I was able
to shelter from the cold wind but when I was ready to set off
again I was cold due to sitting down in the 0degC temperature. I
suun warmed up as I traversed below the summit to pick up the
path heading west towards Round Knott. After last week's visit
to this location and unbelievable wet ground I took a route
further south and thankfully wasnít as wet.
Over Round Knott and on to Mitton Hill it became wet again but
thankfully last week's snow had gone. When I reached the Cumbria
Way route the sunken track was clear as last week it was filled
with snow and I had to trudge through the wet heather. I reached
the Lingy Hut but didnít stop as I was on my way to my next
objective of Coomb Height.
Looking up Grainsgill Beck.
I was very wet again reaching the top of Grainsgill Beck and
then a difficult bog to cross to get to the minor path heading
upwards. I reached the saddle then continued straight ahead to
start my descent across Cocklakes.
Returning down the lane.
Dry stone wall repairs.
The paths are indistinct in places but I soon reached the main
route down to the SE. I reached the turning circle track above
the River Caldew. There was still lots of water and many
sections of the track were flooded. The weather was improving
when I reached the road though the sun wasn't high enough to
reach the valley bottom. Shortly after passing Swinside House I
noticed the farmer repairing a dry stone wall. I wandered over
to have a chat. He said Swinside didnít have mains water or
electricity but had a telephone line which was originally up to
the Mines. I left him to his work and returned to my car with
sunny views in the distance.