The hills that lie north of Skiddaw and Blencathra are known by hillwalkers and locals alike as the Back O'Skiddaw. Grassy and heathery with very little rock, seeing another walker is something of an event in these deserted hills, and the miles pass easily. It's a very rewarding day out. On a clear day, views can stretch to Carlisle, over the Solway Firth, and across to the North Pennines. Starting off in the Mosedale valley near the Old Carrock Mine and the River Caldew, an easy ascent to the top of Carrock Fell commences the start of a splendid undulating fell top traverse of High Pike, Knott and Great Calva, eventually dropping down to the Cumbria Way to return to the road head.
Just hope the publicity for "this is a quiet place to go" doesn't backfire Though I feared it would when UKH published their article on quiet places to go when lockdown was eased, and was proved wrong.
When I did eventually get onto the Back O'Skiddaw area, I was pleasantly surprised at what lovely walking country it was. So it's not got dramatic cliffs, etc. But you can walk for miles on pleasant (not too rough) ground underfoot just striding out and enjoying the peaceful surroundings.
Looks a cracking day that! The Old Crown Round is not your typical lakeland fell race/hillwalking challenge, all great ground to run on. Back in the day there used to be a keg of beer (supplied by the local pub) at each checkpoint that participants could have a drink from, a bit different from handing in a plastic token!
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