The recent fine weather saw me heading off to Wasdale for what had been planned as a few days cycling and camping with my cousin Brian, though plans were quickly changed when he suffered a training injury and had to bail at the last minute. Overdid it on the burpees apparently! I went to Wasdale anyway but minus the bike and headed for the hills instead. In a bid to avoid the bank holiday weekend crowds flocking to Scafell Pike and Great Gable, I opted to launch a second attempt on a hill that had defeated me on a previous occasion owing to weather and distance.
I had nicknamed Caw Fell The Farthest Away Mountain after a book I read many years ago, owing to its distance from my Wasdale camp, and its status as the remotest of all of the Wainwrights (Lakeland fells or mountains) from human habitation. The height is modest but it does lie in the empty quarter between Ennerdale Water and the uninhabited marshy tract of Blengdale - a valley that few visitors to Lakeland have even heard of let alone visited.
|Looking back to Wasdale Head from the start of the route|
|Looking towards Pillar at the head of Mosedale|
|Wasdale Head and the Scafell Range from the steep section below Dore Head|
|The cairn on thr true summit of Red Pike is perched on the edge of nothing. Great Gable beyond|
|Wastwater, Black Combe (far distance) and the West Cumbria coast from Red Pike|
|Looking back to Red Pike from the route to Scoat Fell|
|Looking back along the ridge to Steeple and Scoat Fell from the summit of Haycock|
|Finally there - the lonely summit of Caw Fell|
|The descent route from the ridge towards Netherbeck, Wasdale is through this wonderful valley|
|A classic view of Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell seen across Wastwater near the end of the route|
And here's the whole walk on video...