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

Bagged as number: First round : 2 out of 330. [ << Walla Crag (1)  (3) Long Side >> ]. Second round: 286 of 330. [ << Long Side (285) (287) Rosthwaite Fell >> ]

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

Approach to Ullock Pike summit
Clare feels less-than-enthused on her approach Ullock Pike summit – despite north Cumbria spread out below

Second visit: Came along from Long Side. Descended to the Ravenstone Hotel, though this time took in the mini-summit (and Birkett) of Watches at the bottom of the ridge, before finishing off.

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.”

Ullock Pike, above Southerndale.

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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One Response to “Ullock Pike”

  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 feet of […]

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