Long Side
Long Side viewed from Dodd

Height: 2405 feet above sea level

Volume: Book 5 (The Northern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 20th July 2009 (walk 2). Second visit: 13th December 2021 (walk 195).

Bagged as number: First round: 3 out of 214. [ << Ullock Pike (2)  (4) Carl Side >> ]

Second round: 285 of 330. [ << Red Pike (Wasdale) (284) (286) Ullock Pike >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached along Longside Edge, from Ullock Pike. Left on the ridge to Carl Side.

Long Side summit.

Second visit: Came up from Southerndale below, via Carlside col: a rather steep and unedifying climb to be honest. Left for Ullock Pike.

What Mr. Wainwright says (from page 5 of his chapter): “Neither The Edge nor Longside Edge can be compared with Striding Edge on Helvellyn or Sharp Edge on Blencathra, for there is no rock to handle and nothing steep enough to carry a risk of accident; nevertheless they provide fine walking on a ridge narrow enough in places to give startling glimpses downwards and heathery enough to supply springy couches for better enjoyment of the delectable views. This is a good route and it should be noted as a line of approach to Skiddaw more interesting than others preferred by the crowds.”

What I say: Long Side is clearly a fell in its own right – the photo above shows this clearly – but if one comes in from Ullock Pike that it seems like 99% of the effort to reach the former’s summit has been expended on the ascent of the latter. Perhaps the same is true of the approach from Carl Side, as this is also a very easy ridge walk. But on walk 195 I definitely gave the fell a proper, and tiring, ascent, via Southerndale. And done that way it is a fine, airy summit with good views, and worth the walk.

Long Side (left — note the walker on the summit) and Ullock Pike

Ultimately the coupling is the same as Causey Pike and Scar Crags, with Long Side playing the role of the latter fell. I can’t imagine anyone would climb this in its own right, but then again, there would be no point going all the way up Ullock Pike without also bagging its slightly bigger brother ahead. They make a very fine pairing.

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One Response to “Long Side”

  1. […] 195: Long Side (2,405 feet a.s.l., no. 285 of my second round), Ullock Pike (2,230ft, no. 286). 6.25 miles, 2,300 […]

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