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Stony Cove Pike from Kirkstone Pass

January 2, 2017

Kirkstone Pass is a high point to start any walk. A short climb brings you on to the long broad ridge heading for Stony Cove Pike. The return is via the same route. It is an easy way to get reluctants to the higher fells.

The Walk

2502′. Many use Kirkstone Pass as the gateway to the far eastern fells. They will pass over Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor) almost without thought (maybe a tick) and head for Thornthwaite Crag and onto High Street. I confess I have done this and ignored what is actually a lovely ridge opening out to some great views down in to Brothers Water and Ullswater. For a young child wanting to get on to a high peak without too much effort Stony Cove Pike offers a great opportunity.

The Kirkstone Inn (another good reason to finish here) lies at nearly 1,500 foot with the climb itself just over 1,000 so the pleasures certainly over ride the effort involved. It is quite a steep start as the rock face of St Raven’s Edge offers some good scrambling opportunities (also good for keeping the interest value high) before leading on to a broad ridge. The summit is well placed for views of the Far Eastern Fells and even though returning by the same route is the only sensible alternative the differing views make it seem a very different path.


To encourage reluctant children this is a great walk, the height is gained so easily and there is some scrambling fun if desired.

Navigation Tips on Stony Cove Pike

Its a rare walk when you have to return via the same route. This is the case here. Any other route reqyuires a long and tiring detour.

  • Jonathan says:

    Yes, there is plenty of parking outside the Kirkstone Pass Inn

  • Susan Ironside says:

    I love the sound of this walk because I am 75 years old and sadly cannot do the big climbs any more. Can you park your car near the start of this walk please?

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