Carl Side - Lake District Walk

Monday 23rd October 2006

If I hadn't already planned to do Ullock Pike this week once we got to our base for the week it would have had to go on the list as every morning we woke up to a view of it. The weather forecast was for showers in the morning with the cloud base lifting in the afternoon and for once it was pretty much spot on. When we got to Dodd's summit the last of the day's showers quickly passed over us and from then on the cloud started to lift and we ended up walking in short sleeves, not bad for the end of October.

Start: Dodd Wood car park (NY 2662 3587)

Route: Dodd Wood car park - Dodd (121) - Carl Side (122) - Longside (123) - Ullock Pike (124) - Watches (125) - Dodd Wood car park

Distance: 8.25 miles     Ascent: 1112 metres      Time Taken: 5 hrs 45 mins

Weather: Light rain to start which cleared to leave high cloud and sunshine.

Pub Visited: Sun Inn, Bassenthwaite    Ale Drunk: Jennings Bitter

Route Map >>


Ullock Pike

Ullock Pike as seen from the lodge where we were stopping all week.

Derwent Water

The rain is starting to move in as we approach the summit of Dodd and get this view across Derwent Water.

Newlands Valley

Further round Newlands Valley comes into view.

Dodd's summit

Dodd's summit.

Newlands Valley

The weather starts to improve as we descend from Dodd and get a clearer view into Newlands Valley.

Bassenthwaite & Sale Fell

The steep climb up to Carl Side rewards us with this view across Bassenthwaite to Sale Fell.

Grisedale Pike

As we continue climbing Grisedale Pike comes into view.

Carl Side summit & Long Side

The summit cairn on Carl Side and our route ahead to Long Side is clearly visible behind it.


We sat eating our lunch watching people making their way to Skiddaw's summit up these steep scree slopes.

Carl Side & Little Man

Looking back to Carl Side, with Little Man behind, from Long Side's summit.

Long Side summit

Long Side's summit cairn and the ever improving view as the cloud starts to lift.

Ullock Pike & The Edge

Our route of descent, over Ullock Pike and then down The Edge to Watches.

Longside Edge & Ullock Pike

Heading towards Ullock Pike via Longside Edge.

Derwent Water from Ullock Pike summit

Ullock Pike's summit cairn with Derwent Water behind.


Looking down at Watches' summit from the descent along The Edge.


As the cloud continues to lift Scotland comes into view across the Solway Firth.

The Edge & Southerndal

Looking back up The Edge towards Carl Side from Watches' summit.


Skiddaw, now clear of cloud, from Watches' summit.


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