Carrock Fell and High Pike

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)