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The northern fells - Great Calva, Knott and Carrock Fell

A strenuous walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Lake District starting and finishing in Cumbria, England, about 33.06km (20.54 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 12:15 (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 1615m (5298ft)
Loss 1572m (5157ft)
Max. Elevation 710m (2329ft)
Elevation (total) 3187m (10455ft)
Distance 33.06km
Duration ~12:15
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 11 Aug 2010
To be declared a fully-fledged Lake District expert, you need to spend at least a couple of days wandering around the oft-overlooked northern fells - Great Calva, Knott, Carrock Fell and their surrounding tops. Buses are sparse round here, so you will have to wander in and out from the south-eastern corner. There is good accommodation in Hesket Newmarket or Caldbeck to the north. It's also prime wild camping territory for those who prefer to sleep under canvas. NB: you need OS OL5 as well.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid NY231324
Take the bus to Bassenthwaite village, with your rucksack packed for the two days. Take the bridleway heading east; this soon joins the Cumbria Way footpath.
Dry Gill About 4.33 km (~2.69 miles) from
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The footpath takes you into the Dash Beck valley, between Bakestall and Little Calva. From here, you have a free reign in the access land - the route here is a suggestion, but the uncluttered hills are ideal for wandering as the mood takes you.
Little Calva About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
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Follow the slopes by Dry Gill onto Little Calva.
Great Calva About 0.89 km (~0.55 miles) from
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It's a short hop over to the day's first big summit, Great Calva (690m). Cup of tea in the summit shelter (milk no sugar for me, thanks).
Burn Tod About 1.23 km (~0.76 miles) from
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Follow the eastern side of the top around to the dip between the Calvas and Burn Tod.
Knott About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
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From Burn Tod, climb the long slope of Knott to its summit (710m).
Great Lingy Hill About 1.57 km (~0.98 miles) from
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Say on the high ground over Little Lingy Hill and onto Great Lingy Hill (they must have been running out of names by the time they got this far north).
High Pike About 1.48 km (~0.92 miles) from
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This is the highest point of the Caldbeck Fells, and the most northerly high point of the Lakes. From here, the land drops and spreads out towards the Solway Firth.
Towards Hesket Newmarket About 1.17 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid NY328357
From High Pike, you have a choice depending on your accommodation choice. A good option is Denton House in Hesket Newmarket: www.dentonhouseguesthouse.co.uk. Take the footpath heading northeast to reach the village. Otherwise, try in Caldbeck - follow the Cumbria Way north.
Wood Hall About 2.00 km (~1.24 miles) from
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The footpath leads to Wood Hall. Follow the road north for 300m, then take the footpath on the right-hand side to Hesket Newmarket.
Hesket Newmarket About 1.30 km (~0.81 miles) from
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A lovely place to pass the evening, with views over the fells to enjoy in the evening.
Back to the hills About 1.82 km (~1.13 miles) from
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Start day two by retracing your steps past Wood Hall. Just beyond the hall, take the footpath heading southeast around the foot of the fells to Calebreck.
Calebreck About 1.09 km (~0.68 miles) from
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At Calebreck, take the bridleway heading into the valley alongside Carrock Beck.
Miton Hill About 2.26 km (~1.4 miles) from
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The path leads on to Miton Hill. Head along the summit top to Carrock Fell.
Carrock Fell About 1.44 km (~0.89 miles) from
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Continue along the top to Carrock Fell (649m). Once bagged, return to the cairn at Round Knott from where you can drop into the Grainsgill Beck valley.
Grainsgill Beck About 1.77 km (~1.1 miles) from
OS Grid NY326326
If legs are tiring, you can follow the Cumbria Way south out to Threlkeld from here. Otherwise, take the steep shoulder on to Bowscale Fell.
Bowscale Fell About 2.12 km (~1.32 miles) from
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It's a big long pull onto the summit (over 400m) but it's the last one of the trip, so enjoy!
White Horse Bent About 2.19 km (~1.36 miles) from
OS Grid NY339285
From Bowscale, it's possible to return via Blencathra, but this is a wilderness walk, so avoid the crowds by following Bannerdale Crags and descending via White Horse Bent.
Footbridge About 0.73 km (~0.45 miles) from
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Cross the River Glenderamakin via the footbridge and take the path heading to Mousthwaite Comb.
Scales About 0.96 km (~0.6 miles) from
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The last stretch heads round the southern foot of Blencathra. Follow the path through Scales ...
Doddick About 0.97 km (~0.6 miles) from
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... and through Doddick ...
Gategill About 1.00 km (~0.62 miles) from
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... and at Gategill, take the path into Threlkeld.
Threlkeld About 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from
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Finish at Threlkeld and enjoy a well-earned pint in the Horse and Farrier Inn or the Salutation. Buses from Threlkeld towards Keswick or Penrith.

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