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Mosedale, Carrock Fell, Lingy Hut, Coomb Height, River Caldew, Cumbria.
[14.6 km]  Tue 15 Dec 2020

OS Grid ref:
Lat/Long: 54.679983,-3.005717

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.
River Caldew.

 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.
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