High Pike Hike

I am including this fell, which was my first in the Northern Fells, and was completed during the course of my Cumbria Way hike in May 2013. There is a lot of scope in Cumbria for a high level, long distance path which includes a few more fells. Maybe when I know the area better I will devise one.

It was a clear and sunny afternoon in May when I climbed this fell on my fourth day of the Cumbria Way, from Keswick to Nether Row. I took the Eastern alternative of the Way, which runs along the side of the fells above the River Caldew, and then turns towards the disused Carrock mine land before heading towards High Pike via the Lingy refuge hut.

High Pike
Approaching High Pike on the Cumbria Way

As you can see it is a gently rounded and grassy fell like many of the Cheviots hills where I started walking.

High Pike summit
View north from High Pike summit cairn

When I reached the top I stopped for a break in the lee of the summit cairn to enjoy the clear view to the north of patchwork farm fields and blue skies.

High Pike View
View northwards from High Pike summit cairn

The Northern Fells seemed very peaceful on a May weekday. I think I only saw one or two people from Skiddaw House to Nether Row. The quiet of this area, compared to the bustle of other areas of the Lake District, made made me want to explore the Northern fells more.

High Pike View 2
View northwards from High Pike