Stony Cove Pike from Kirkstone Pass

  • Easy climb to the high fells
  • Good views down towards Ullswater
  • Cosy inn for a post walk pint

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.

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

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 401081. Pass through the gate on the Ullswater side of the inn and follow the path up.
Height to Climb: 318ms (1,043 feet)
Terrain: Good track to follow with some scrambling opportunities above the pub.
Eating & Drinking: The Kirkstone Pass Inn on the summiit of Kirkstone Pass is a traditional Lakeland inn - ideal after a walk for a cup of tea, eating or a pint. Closes early on a Sunday and winter may be variable.
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