On the promise of a sunny day in the Lakes we set off for a "there and back in a day" journey to knock off a couple of Wainwrights. Having watched Stuart Maconie's DVD of walks in the Northern Fells we were off to bag the two most Northern fells on our map - Carrock Fell and High Pike.
Having parked up at a suitable spot just through Mungrisdale village we could see the ascent route taken by Stuart. It did look a tad steep but I had warned Theo it was 45 minutes of hard work before levelling off. I was right, it was steep! It doesn't look too bad below does it?
There is a path through and you gain height very quickly. Below is a picture ten minutes into the walk - you can see how small the car is now!
As I said to Theo the first 45 minutes is the worst and there are a few bits which need care. It is safe but you need to take your time.
Bang on 45 minutes we were at the top of a gully and, just around the corner, we saw a lovely grassy path. Let joy be unconfined!
From here it is a reasonably short, pleasant walk to the handsome cairn of Carrock Fell.
It even comes with it's own seat for photo opportunities.
The cairn, as it turns out, can be made to look even more handsome, if that can be believed!
With Carrock Fell done we were off to the next one, High Pike. On the picture below it is the fell top to the right of the photo. All we had was a pleasant mile or so across a nice grassy plateau.