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Mosedale, Carrock Fell, Round Knott, Driggith Mine, Willywood Well, Carrock Beck, Cumbria.
[13.5 km]  Thu 24 Dec 2020

 
OS Grid ref: NY 35254 32119
Lat/Long: 54.6799440,-3.0056840

The weather prospects were good for my return to Mosedale. I parked in the same place as last week and climbed the same faint path up the southeast side of Carrock Fell. Last week it was horribly wet but today's cold weather meant a lot of the route was frozen and easy to walk on. After the initial steep section I made a short detour to the cairn on Kelt Crag then continued to the stone sheepfold below the Carrock Fell summit.
Sunrise on the climb.

Looking back to the road.

Kelt Crag cairn.
Without a path the rocks

 Distant view of Blencathra.

 Just below Carrock Fell.
There was quite a bit of snow around and. I traversed around the southern side of the summit and had to be careful crossing the snow covered boulders. Once on the heather it was much safer going and thankfully the muddy sections were now frozen and easy to cross. Over Round Knott I continued to cross the Red Gate track where a lady runner came up with her dog. I continued towards High Pike and turned right along the main track heading north east.

 A family heading up.
There was still a covering of snow around and part of the track was covered in ice, which I hadnít noticed and slipped. I was annoyed with myself for not noticing it. I turned right to follow the track down through the Driggith Mine area and descended below the snow line. I still had to be careful as there were ice patches on the track. It was now late morning and several groups of walkers were coming up the track.

 Returning down the lane.
I continued down to the road and turned right to cross over the ford by the foot bridge then headed south back towards Mosedale. Near Further Gill Syke there were several vehicles parked by the road and a group of people up in the rock but I couldnít figure out what they were doing.
 
 
   
 
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