Well, finally, we could make our way to the Lakes to stay for a holiday. One Covid cancellation and one burst water pipe in the holiday cottage, had meant that the last time I set foot in Lakeland was October 2019. Which is far too long ago for me. Those that say that the hills will always be there for you and you don’t need to make a summit, has clearly never driven for 7 hours up the M5 and M6 to get there. I was glad to get out of the car at Stone Ends and finally put a boot on some Wainwright turf. A week away with the boys is always my favourite week of the year and this one started at the end of a heatwave, which meant that we needed to be careful with our walk times and taking plenty of fluids and suncream with us. This walk has a tricky little section at the start, Rake Trod is not to be messed with, there’s plenty of scree and steep slopes in there and it is far easier in ascent than it would be in descent. We met a group of girls at the top of the rake and watched as one descended on her backside down the first 50 metres of it. Once at the heathery section above the rake and for the rest of this walk it is very simple, little ascent needed, mainly grassy paths, then a good track in return. Its a great walk after driving for 7 hours to get here and number 164 and 165 on my Wainwright journey. So good to be back.
Start – Stone Ends
Route – Rake Trod – Carrock Fell – Round Knott – Miton Hill – High Pike – West Fell – Carrock Beck – Stone Ends
Distance – 6.5 miles Start time – 12.20pm Time taken – 4hrs Highest Point – Carrock Fell 661 metres