Ullock Pike, from Dodd

Ullock PIke, viewed from Dodd: Bassenthwaite Lake to left

Height: 2230 feet above sea level

Volume: Book 5 (The Northern Fells)

Date climbed: 20th July 2009 (walk 2)

Bagged as number: 2 out of 214. [ << Walla Crag (1)  (3) Long Side >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Ascended from Ravenstone Hotel, via The Edge. Left on the ridge to Long Side.

Approach to Ullock Pike summit

Approach to Ullock Pike summit – north Cumbria spread out below

What Mr. Wainwright says (from page 6 of his chapter): “This enjoyable little climb gets full marks. The Edge is a mile in length and everywhere pleasant, particularly so at its culmination in the small heathery top, a most delightful place with lovely views… An indistinct track, improving as it gets higher, switchbacks over several undulations and swings repeatedly from one side of the ridge to the other, giving fine views both ways, while ahead the peak towers grandly, like a young Matterhorn.”

What I say: The views, which encompass Bass Lake in its entirety and seemingly all of North Cumbria, the Solway Firth and into southern Scotland, are amazing: as they are from all of the Skiddaw group in fact. I did enjoy this ascent although this has to be tempered by the fact that Clare seemed to find it difficult: it is steep, particularly in the early stages. But once on the ridge there is an excellent and easy walk from here to Carl Side.

Another bonus, incidentally, is the dryness of the ground throughout: many otherwise good walks in the Lakes can be, if not spoilt, then at least affected, by swampy conditions even in the height of summer. But as Wainwright points out on p. 2, Ullock Pike resembles the roof of a building, and water has nowhere to build up. A big plus, if you ask me.

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