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Arthur's Pike

Arthur's Pike


Postby icemandan » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:30 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Arthur's Pike

Date walked: 14/11/2010

Time taken: 2.5

Distance: 9.3 km

Ascent: 390m

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Overbearing dark day today with the odd shaft of sunlight coming through. Wind and wuthering. Nice light and shade all day. Headed up onto Moor Divock. Proliferation of possible routes here, went astray several times onto broad paths which strode confidently towards the top but degenerated into swamps. Ground very wet today. Eventually found the right path along the edge. Fantastic full length views of Ullswater here. Not many photos as too damn cold to mess around with camera. Got to the top at 3:30 too late for Bonscale Pike (am now trying to figure out an interesting way of doing that one - all thoughts welcome).
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Re: Arthur's Pike

Postby fedupofuserids » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:41 pm

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Re: Arthur's Pike

Postby mountain coward » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:52 pm

Swarthbeck Gill is supposed to be exciting... I'm sure it's well above my level but you may like it...

There's also an old zig-zag straight up the front from the lakeshore...
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Re: Arthur's Pike

Postby susanmyatt » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:04 am

Hope to do it MC's way and then to Arthurs Pike and along the Loadpot ridge, Wether Hill and back down the valley :D
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Re: Arthur's Pike

Postby mountain coward » Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:55 am

I haven't said what way I did it! I definitely wouldn't go up Swarthbeck Gill I don't think - if it was too hard for Wainwright, I'm damn sure it's too hard for me. I did it via Steel Knotts/Pikeawassa (lovely word :D ), across Gowk Hill, up onto Loadpot Hill and then back via Loadpot Hill and Arthur's Pike. Was a nice round and not hard :D
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Re: Arthur's Pike

Postby fedupofuserids » Tue Nov 16, 2010 4:44 pm

Less interesting then skydiving and as you've already climbed up from Roe head you could approach from the single track road on the moor above Helton, passing the cop stone, cairn circle etc.on Moor Divok up to Heughscar hill, pick up the Roman Road, Brown Rigg onto Bonscale Pike, Swarth Fell, Loadpot Hill, Hart hill, The Pen. Cross Heltondale Beck back onto the Road. The pub in Askam looks quite nice from outside.

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Cop Stone

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Stone Circle

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I done the ridge from the Ullswater side, if I was to do it again would do something sinilar to the above.
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Re: Arthur's Pike

Postby Slogger » Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:29 pm

Why mess about. From Pooley Bridge go straight up to Arthur's Pike then continue along the ridge over Loadpot and Wether Hills, continue over High Raise and Cauldale Moor before dropping down to Kirkstone Inn. Then swiftly up Red Screes across to Fairfield, over Dunmail Raise, stiff climb up Steel fell, way, way, over Rossett Pike, Bowfell, Great End, Great Gable, Kirk Fell, Pillar, onwards to Steeple, Haycock, Seatallen, Middle Fell then drop to Finish at Greendale Bridge, and you have just completed the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge. 48 miles, 19,000 feet of ascent.
By the way you have only 12 hours to do it in.
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Re: Arthur's Pike

Postby fedupofuserids » Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:53 pm

Slogger wrote:Why mess about. From Pooley Bridge go straight up to Arthur's Pike then continue along the ridge over Loadpot and Wether Hills, continue over High Raise and Cauldale Moor before dropping down to Kirkstone Inn. Then swiftly up Red Screes across to Fairfield, over Dunmail Raise, stiff climb up Steel fell, way, way, over Rossett Pike, Bowfell, Great End, Great Gable, Kirk Fell, Pillar, onwards to Steeple, Haycock, Seatallen, Middle Fell then drop to Finish at Greendale Bridge, and you have just completed the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge. 48 miles, 19,000 feet of ascent.
By the way you have only 12 hours to do it in.
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12 Hours :shock: That long ?

Are you doing it twice ? :lol: :lol:
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Re: Arthur's Pike

Postby mountain coward » Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:39 am

:lol: That said, I've been thinking for ages about doing the whole of the High Street route starting at Windermere Railway Station, up Orrest Head, across to the Dubs Road, Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag and then the whole of the High Street ridge finishing at Penrith Railway Station. I'd have to get sponsored or something though if I was going to do something of that nature I think. I haven't done a sponsored walk for quite a while though so maybe I should get on with it next summer... It's about 25 miles anyway if anyone wants to come :D
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Re: Arthur's Pike

Postby Slogger » Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:34 pm

fedupofuserids wrote:
Slogger wrote:Why mess about. From Pooley Bridge go straight up to Arthur's Pike then continue along the ridge over Loadpot and Wether Hills, continue over High Raise and Cauldale Moor before dropping down to Kirkstone Inn. Then swiftly up Red Screes across to Fairfield, over Dunmail Raise, stiff climb up Steel fell, way, way, over Rossett Pike, Bowfell, Great End, Great Gable, Kirk Fell, Pillar, onwards to Steeple, Haycock, Seatallen, Middle Fell then drop to Finish at Greendale Bridge, and you have just completed the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge. 48 miles, 19,000 feet of ascent.
By the way you have only 12 hours to do it in.
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12 Hours :shock: That long ?

Are you doing it twice ? :lol: :lol:


It is a Fell Runners challenge, set up by Joss Naylor and is for the over 50's only. Between the age of 50 and 60 you are allowed 12 hours, 60 and 65 - 18 hours, over 65 you are allowed 24 hours.
A friend and myself had a go when we were about 54 years. We reached the Kirkstone Inn in 2hrs 20min, then he gave up at Dunmail Raise. I carried on as far as Sty Head (33 miles) with plenty of time left but had to abandon due to strained upper thigh tendons. I may try again next year when I get 24 hours.
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Re: Arthur's Pike

Postby fedupofuserids » Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:25 pm

Slogger wrote:
fedupofuserids wrote:
Slogger wrote:Why mess about. From Pooley Bridge go straight up to Arthur's Pike then continue along the ridge over Loadpot and Wether Hills, continue over High Raise and Cauldale Moor before dropping down to Kirkstone Inn. Then swiftly up Red Screes across to Fairfield, over Dunmail Raise, stiff climb up Steel fell, way, way, over Rossett Pike, Bowfell, Great End, Great Gable, Kirk Fell, Pillar, onwards to Steeple, Haycock, Seatallen, Middle Fell then drop to Finish at Greendale Bridge, and you have just completed the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge. 48 miles, 19,000 feet of ascent.
By the way you have only 12 hours to do it in.
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12 Hours :shock: That long ?

Are you doing it twice ? :lol: :lol:


It is a Fell Runners challenge, set up by Joss Naylor and is for the over 50's only. Between the age of 50 and 60 you are allowed 12 hours, 60 and 65 - 18 hours, over 65 you are allowed 24 hours.
A friend and myself had a go when we were about 54 years. We reached the Kirkstone Inn in 2hrs 20min, then he gave up at Dunmail Raise. I carried on as far as Sty Head (33 miles) with plenty of time left but had to abandon due to strained upper thigh tendons. I may try again next year when I get 24 hours.
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I know of it, the 'are you doing it twice' quip is my warped sense of humour!
I used to fell run when I was in my late teens - not something I do know. You seemed to be making good time, shame about your tendon strain.
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Re: Arthur's Pike

Postby icemandan » Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:48 pm

Thanks for the ideas. I'll probably pass on Slogger's marathon. If you want to add a bit of interest to the Windermere-Penrith hike try doing it overnight at midsummer. I did many years ago and I can still remember the breathing of invisible wild horses on High Street, the sunrise over Cross Fell, the instantaneous start of the dawn chorus giving unlikely magic to Loadpot Hill and a somewhat anticlimactic finish in the industrial estates of Penrith. Happy days.
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