Summit of Caudale Moor

The summit of Caudale Moor. Froswick and Ill Bell are prominent in the background.

Height: 2502 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells). This was the last fell bagged from that volume.

Date climbed: 15th September 2012 (walk 66)

Bagged as number:  205 of 330. [ << Hartsop Dodd (204)  (206) Mellbreak >> ]

Caudale Moor, from St. Raven's Edge

Caudale Moor, from St. Raven’s Edge. The summit is at the apex of the small dark triangle of shadow, to centre right.

Route of ascent and descent:  Approached on the ridge from Hartsop Dodd. Descended via St Raven’s Edge to Kirkstone Pass.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Caudale Moor deserves far more respect than it usually gets. The long featureless slope flanking the Kirkstone Pass, well known to travellers, is not at all characteristic of the fell: its other aspects, less frequently seen, are considerably more imposing…. The craggy slopes bordering the upper Troutbeck valley are particularly varied and interesting: from this remote dalehead Caudale Moor looks really impressive, particularly in snowy conditions.”

What I say: At the time I climbed it Caudale Moor was the highest Wainwright I had left to do, but it had up until then been something of an enigma. I had come very close to it on two previous walks but both were quite a while ago, and one, visibility was poor (walk 12) while the other was the ill-fated walk 5on which I lost the camera. I also don’t think Wainwright quite captures this fell as much as some of the others: he gives it a good write up but the diagrams of ascent actually make it look a little dull.

Golden eagle in Threshthwaite Cove

Resident of Caudale Moor.

Anyway, now I’ve finally made it – the name is appropriate, with the top being very flat and dull, but there is plenty to see on the way up. Views of Ullswater and Threshthwaite one way, and Troutbeck the other, are brilliant. And Caudale Moor will always have one superb distinction in my memory, as the place where I saw one of England’s only breeding pair of golden eagles. See the walk 66 commentary.

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2 Responses to “Caudale Moor”

  1. […] 66 which took me from Hartsop to Ambleside, above the Kirkstone Pass road, bagging Hartsop Dodd and Caudale Moor. These were the last two fells in Wainwright’s volume […]

  2. […] — a gloriously sunny day spent attaining the highest Wainwright summit I had still to bag, Caudale Moor. For that reason alone it felt like a highlight. And then, there was the golden eagle, one of the […]

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