The ascent from the old quarry parking area near Stone End farm is, as Wainwright describes "straightforward", but easy it isn't. Once above Rake Trod the thought of descending that way is simply not appealing. Looking back the route is steep, and uninvitingly loose. Fine when climbing, requiring only a little careful footwork. Having committed to the round there is a reasonable escape route on the far side of Miton Hill, down the deep groove of Red Gate. Otherwise head straight down the flank towards Carrock Beck.
The summit area of Carrock Fell was once home to an Iron Age fort, the only visible remains are sections of vague wall foundations.
The Fell is also of great interest to geologists. Part of our route touches Further Gill Sike (or sometimes Syke) which has different types of rock on either side: rough blocks of gabbro much liked by climbers for it's grippy surface on one, the other is made up of forms of granite. The whole area is complex and many useful ores can be found including an oxide of titanium, and magnetic iron ore which can swing a compass off north!
(Slightly annoyed that I missed the summit of Round Knott between Carrock and Miton Hill. I've placed route waypoints at Carrock and Miton so you can decide to either follow my track or tick it off as it is a Birkett - Beth)
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
From the small parking area just above Stone End Farm, locate the bottom of Rake Trod the other side of the quarry - it climbs right to left, heading across a small scree chute and then bearing right into Further Gill Sike.
Climb the Rake taking care on the loose surface. Steep steps zigzag up along the stream to your left. The path then enters a deep gully through heather which is at times handy for hauling yourself up by.
Passing the sheepfold, the path bears right slightly, heading for the East Peak. Continue over this top to the bouldery summit of Carrock Fell. There is a windshelter here.
Continue over the summit onto the wide boggy path to Miton Hill. Once past Miton Hill the path improves and is less wet.
Continue on the path past the head of Red Gate, to an area of dry gills, or deep fissures which hint at past water flows.
After climbing a little the path bear right towards High Pike.
Cross the gravel track and continue to the summit. As well as the trig point there is, remarkably, a stone bench here! On a good day sit a while and take in the views.
From the summit, turn right onto a reasonably clear grass path heading in the general direction of the mine workings. Reaching the track, the same one you came across earlier but a little further down, bear left continuing past the workings and immediately turn right. Take the path initially heading on to West Fell, then locating the top of the mine track, turn right onto it and descend. This track follows above Carrock Beck.
At the fork bear right. Before rejoining the public road at the end of this track you can, if you haven't had enough of wet soft ground, cut the corner off by bearing right on an obvious path, cross the stream, and continue down to the road.
At the road, turn right to head back to the starting point.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Bowscale Tarn - Tarn of the Immortal Fish||2.3km (1.4 miles) away|
|Great Calva and Knott from Mosedale||2.6km (1.6 miles) away|
|Bowscale Fell||3.7km (2.3 miles) away|
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