The Remote North

  • Remote and lonely walking near Calbeck
  • Great views north and west
  • Easy walking on soft tracks

Chris Bonnington may have climbed Everest and taken on many of the great peaks in the world but he made his home in Caldbeck under the fells of the far northern Lakes. He loves walking on High Pike and beyond and takes as much satisfaction and pleasure out of a 4 hour tramp in this remote (relatively in his case!) but enchanting landscape than some of his more exotic locations (or so he says). I enjoy these fells as well, the rolling landscape offers a feel of space and emptiness that differs to the rest of the Lakes.

I have always found the walking easy (as long as the main ridges are broadly kept to, otherwise it can be very wet) and enjoyed the logistical challenge of stringing the fells together. My favourite walk here is a circular over High Pike and the Knott before it makes a leisurely and thoroughly enjoyable descent over Brae Fell to Fellside. The views are particularly to the north and west over the Solway Furth and the Scottish hills of Galloway but it is always interesting to see Blencathra and Skiddaw from the ‘wrong’ side.


Read the inscription on the bench on the summit of High Pike. The love of a 16 year old for the Lakeland fells is movingly written and induces an almost melancholy mood which epitomises the pleasures of this area. No wonder it was the first place Bonnington visits after his epic expeditions.

The Ford at the end of the walk near Fellside may involve wet feet, particularly after rain.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes North East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 323399. Head for the farm at Nether Row from Caldbeck found on the lane from the west end of the village
Height to Climb: 622ms (2040 feet)
Terrain: Tracks are clear throughout although they can become quite wet and muddy. I prefer finishing along the roads from Fellside.
Eating & Drinking: Caldbeck is a large village with the Oddfellows Arms dominating the eating and drinking options. No need to go any further
Similar Walks Nearby: Bowscale Tarn & Bannerdale Crags
Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Climbing Blencathra from Threlkeld
Places to Stay: Pottery Cottage, nr Caldbeck


Glebe Cottage, Caldbeck