High Tove - Lake District Walk

Thursday 8th July 2010

As my back seemed to be easing up I was determined to fit in at least one 'proper' walk during this trip and as the Lakes had been experiencing a prolonged dry spell and was under threat of a hosepipe ban it seemed the ideal time to tackle the notoriously boggy High Tove. Although this ended up being a somewhat slow walk, even for me, which in hindsight would going to keep me off the hills for a long time, we were at least rewarded with a dry crossing that involved less bog hopping than we normally encounter on Kinder or Bleaklow.

Start: Armboth car park (NY 3052 1720)

Route: Armboth car park - High Tove (297) - Middle Crag (298) - Shivery Knott (299) - Watendlath Fell (300) - Armboth Fell (301) - Fisher Crag (302) - Armboth car park

Distance: 5 miles     Ascent: 419 metres      Time Taken: 5 hours 30 ins

Terrain: Moorland.

Weather: Warm and sunny.

Pub Visited: Bank Tavern, Keswick    Ale Drunk: Jennings Cumberland

Route Map >>


High Tove

Our first view of High Tove, the first summit of the day.

High Seat

High Seat and a distant Blencathra as we approach High Tove's summit.

High Tove summit

High Tove's summit cairn.

Grisedale Pike

A short walk beyond the cairn gave us a great view of Grisedale Pike and Causey Pike.

Great Gable

Looking round to the left and the view extends to Great Gable.


Our route takes us towards Ullscarf.

Middle Crag's summit

Approaching the summit of Middle Crag.

Watendlath Fell

Looking towards Shivery Knott from Middle Crag.

Middle Crag

Middle Crag from Shivery Knott.

Shivery Knott's summit

Shivery Knott's summit.

View from Shivery Knott

Looking back towards High Seat from Shivery Knott.

Shivery Knott

Shivery Knott from Watendlath Fell. The route followed the fence from High Tove to Watendlath, but it was necessary to clamber the fence to reach various summits.


A fine view across the fell to Bassenthwaite and Lord's Seat.

Watendlath Fell's summit

The fence, according to the GPS reading, appears to be the true summit of Watendlath Fell.

Watendlath Fell's cairn

The cairn the other side of the fence gives much better views.

Blea Tarn

Blea Tarn.

Towards Armboth Fell

Heading across the moor to Armboth Fell.


Helvellyn as we head towards Armboth Fell.

Armboth Fell

Approaching the summit of Armboth Fell.

Armboth Fell's summit

High Seat from Armboth Fell's summit.

Fisher Crag

Fisher Crag, the final summit of the day.

Fisher Crag's summit

Fisher Crag's summit cairn.


For such a small summit it offers some fine views of Thirlmere. Here looking towards Blencathra.


The water is so low that it looks like you could walk across to Hawes How Island.


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