High Tove summit

High Tove summit: Helvellyn range in the background

Height: 1665 feet above sea level

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 2nd March 2010 (walk 11). Second visit: 13th June 2018 (walk 147).

High Tove and Ullscarf

High Tove and Ullscarf, from High Seat. High Tove is just the flat brown moor in the middle distance.

Bagged as number: First round: 36 of 330. [ << Grange Fell (35)  (37) Armboth Fell >> ]

Second round: 150 of 330. [ << High Seat (149)  (151) Ullscarf >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Ascended from Watendlath. Left via the ‘ridge’ – actually a swampy moor – to Armboth Fell.

Second visit: Came along the ridge from High Seat, carried on along it to Ullscarf.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “It is hard to imagine that anybody feels any affection at all for High Tove, apart perhaps from the sheep whose natural heaf it is. This dark heathery mound, squatting on the ridge between Watendlath and Thirlmere, and so gently contoured that water cannot drain away from it, is everywhere shockingly wet – a condition persisting even in drought – and is without any redeeming feature except as a viewpoint.”

View from High Tove

View from the slopes of High Tove, towards Borrowdale and Great Gable

What I say:  In case you didn’t know I am an academic and one of the things we are told about giving feedback to students is to always start with something positive. So let’s say this then: High Tove is a very good viewpoint, particularly on my first visit, with peaks like Helvellyn, Great Gable and Scafell Pike looking dramatic above the snowline (see pictures). It’s also got some reasonably nice lower slopes. Yes, the upper slopes are dreary, though no more than, say, many of the moors around the South Pennines. It is, at least, a cheerier place than its neigbour Armboth Fell). So that’s as positive as I can get.

My second visit showed that when coming along the central ridge, one would barely notice High Tove at all, without its summit cairn (which since I took the picture above 8 years ago, has lost its post). I again managed to attain the summit on a dry day. In normal conditions the ridge south to Ullscarf would not be recommended, it really would be appallingly boggy.

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2 Responses to “High Tove”

  1. […] said on the walk page, took me into what even Wainwright admits is desolate territory, particularly High Tove and Armboth […]

  2. […] in the north, and the pass of Greenup — a ridge which also takes in the summits of High Seat, High Tove and Ullscarf along the […]

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