Great Calva, Knott, Great Sca Fell, Brae Fell & Longlands Fell
3D outline of route
An early start - 5:30am alarm call on a Saturday morning allowed me to enjoy breakfast on the way and be parked up and walking by 8:30am.
The price to pay is a reduced Friday night out - but there's something special about setting off walking early, it still gives me a buzz.
Anyway, I parked up at Longlands which is just below 'Longlands Fell' (surprisingly) and my planned last descent.
Strolling along the very quiet country lane to Ornthwaite and Overwater comes into view.
Skiddaw is dominant throughout most of todays walk
At Peter House Farm (another good spot to start walks in this area), I turned left and headed along the Cumbria Way towards the fells.
I did toy with the idea of adding Bakestall to todays route. I've never actually been up that path and it certainly was tempting, but I decided to stick with my original plan and leave Bakestall for another day and maybe incorporate Skiddaw and other adjoining fells in a good days walk soon.
Little Calva & Great Calva are on the left of the Cumbia Way
Looking back down, following the route of Dash Beck
This is where I left the Cumbria Way and started the steep pull up the side of Little Calva. Wooden fence posts can be used to help haul you up on this sharp climb. Nothing serious, but certainly gets you puffing a bit.
Looking back down the climb as the gradient eases and fine views of Bakestall & Skiddaw can be gained.
A nice flat top greets you at Little Calva.
Next stop - Great Calva, which can be seen in the distance.
Soft terrain between the two Calva's
The summit cairn of Great Calva, complete with old steel posts.
Now to press on to Knott. A down and up, and the 'up' certainly takes a while.
The sun that we had been promised today, slowly began to appear and it certainly made the ascent warm.
Looking back over to the impressive Great Calva
Another very flat summit - this time it's Knott
Then it was into the Uldale fells proper and the soft gentle terrain that most fell walkers love. A very quiet area of the lakes, but certainly one that I always enjoy.
Great Sca Fell is the first summit reached - probably only 15 minutes from the top of Knott
After a lunch stop in the sun with views of Meal Fell and Great Cockup - I pressed on towards Brae Fell, seen ahead here.
Brae Fell summit.
A relatively large cairn for such a small fell
Lowthwaite Fell (left) & Longlands Fell (right)
Excellent views from the summit of Longlands.
Overwater is a very pretty sight although those caravans seem to be multiplying
I don't care if you were here first ! I'm going down that path and you can 'stare' me out all you like !
Picking up the old road between Longlands and Green Head and I'm soon back at my car. Early finish today, but I've still enjoyed a good 5 hour walk.
Would have liked a bit more sunshine mind as it was very hazy today. Although it did seem to be improving as I packed up and headed for home - typical !