|Date:||6 Sep 2017||Weather:||13’C, cloudy, windy|
|Height gain:||1,358 ft||Distance:||6.3 miles|
|Time taken:||3 hours 25 mins||Wainwrights:||45 of 214|
Route: From Calebreck on path alongside Carrock Beck and under Sunny Bank turning right to Milton Hill and Round Knott to the top of Carrock Fell and back the same way.
It’s the last day of our holiday so despite the forecast of wind and rain we feel we need to climb something. We decide to tackle Carrock Fell and, if conditions aren’t too bad, carry on to High Pike.
We drive to Calebreck through Heskett Newmarket on skinny but very picturesque roads picking up sandwiches at the tiny shop in Heskett Newmarket on the way.
We park up without any problems and get our boots on. We set off and the path is good – gradient not too steep and the terrain easy to walk on and we make steady upward progress. The wind is strong but it’s behind us which helps to push us uphill.
We make a right turn and head towards Milton Hill and Round Knott and apart from a bit of bog here and there the going remains good. We can now see the top above us with the only blue sky we’ll see all day:
We carry on trudging upwards and as we walk the cloud starts to descend. An hour and 40 minutes after we set off we reach the top of Carrock Fell:
The heavens have opened and the views are, sadly, non-existent:
We drop down off the top and find some shelter to eat our lunch.
The wind batters us and the rain comes down and we can’t see a thing. We decide that High Pike can wait for another day.
We retrace our steps and find it as straightforward in descent as it was in ascent. We get back to the car and have another fun drive along the little roads, albeit now in pouring rain.
We look forward to seeing High Pike on a nicer day in the future.