Lake District Walk
Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl Side
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Walk Route Description
Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl Side are three Wainwrights connected by a high ridge that is located on the south-western aspect of Skiddaw. The views south over Lake Bassenthwaite, the north-western fells, Keswick and Derwentwater are good and provide ample reason for completing this straightforward out and back excursion along the ridge.
The start of this Lake District walk is the small car park (Grid ref. NY236310) near High Side a short way along the narrow lane leading from the A591 just north of the Ravenstone Hotel to Orthwaite. After parking go through the gate adjacent to the parking area and follow the bridleway northeast towards Barkbeth. Turn right a short way along this track at a marker post and follow the obvious path uphill. Bear right through the gate on your left and continue to climb along an excellent greenway into Southerndale. Stay on this track passing the ford on your left (Grid ref NY242304) with a wonderful ahead towards Skiddaw and the ridge about to be ascended.
The path then leaves the valley and climbs to the col between The Watches and Ling How. Here you turn left and start the climb up the ridge. The path is clear and the going good and progress uphill is fairly rapid. As you climb higher there is one section over rock below the summit of Ullock Pike that needs more care before the path continues to the cairn. Looking ahead you can see the onward route, which follows the ridge. Continuing over Long Side, stay on the main path to Carl Side Tarn (Little evidence of this on the ground). Here turn sharp right on a broad path to the summit of Carl Side from where excellent views over Derwentwater maybe enjoyed.
The return route generally follows the outward route. However there are two recommended modifications. First take the direct path to Long Side from Carl Side summit. This cuts across grass and avoids the need to retrace your steps to the non-existent Tarn. Continue over Long Side and Ullock Pike as in the outward route. Reaching the col after Long How, continue ahead down the ridge to reach a wall. Turn right and follow the path down to the track in Southerndale used on the outward walk. Turn left and retrace your steps back to the start.
Other walks nearby
Walk 2040 A circuit of 4 peaks on the flanks of Skiddaw - moderate - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 2244 Whitewater Dash and Great Calva - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 2041 Barf (via the Bishop) and Lords Seat - mod/hard - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 1177 Great Sca Fell via Trusmadoor - moderate - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 3283 Great Cockup and Meal Fell from Longlands - moderate - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 2581 Lord's Seat & Barf from Whinlatter - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 1073 Skiddaw & Glenderaterra Beck from Underscar - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 1244 Lonscale Fell & Latrigg from Underscar Lane - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 1120 Grisedale Pike & Crag Hill from Braithwaite - mod/hard - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 2038 Tower Ridge on Eel Crag returning via Sail & Barrow - hard - 6.3 miles/10.2 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Lake District: Low Level and Lake Walks
This guidebook describes 30 of the best low-level walks in the Lake District. From delightful wooded glades and sparkling tarns, to waterfalls and glacier-carved valleys towered over by craggy mountains. The walks described aim to seek out the best walking that the lower areas of the Lake District have to offer.
Walking the Lake District Fells - Langdale
Part of the Walking the Lake District Fells series, this guidebook covers a wide range of routes to 25 Lakeland summits that can be climbed from the Great Langdale valley, Ambleside and Grasmere, with highlights including Scafell Pike, Bowfell, the Langdale Pikes and Helm Crag (the Lion and the Lamb). Includes suggestions for longer ridge routes.
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