D1: High Pike
7 August 2022
Running will be on open fell, close cropped grass with little bracken. Climb will be moderate.
High Pike is one of the most Northerly fells in the Lake District and enjoys excellent views over the Solway Firth to Scotland. The area covers the northern flanks of High Pike. Shorter courses stay on the lower NE slopes where there is a lot of interesting contour detail and much evidence of historic mining. Longer courses get higher where deep valleys offer challenging route choices. Lower slopes are generally easy running, mostly grass but with some heathery areas and a few marshes. Higher up, the terrain is a bit rougher underfoot, but still good running. Bracken is not a problem anywhere. There are a few paths, mostly radiating from the summit of High Pikes, but course shapes mean that unless you are on a technically easy course you will cross them not follow them.
For those who have the energy after their runs, a walk up Roughton Gill to see the remnants of disused mines is well worth the effort, or you could "bag" the rarely visited Wainwright of Great Sca Fell.
Distance from car park to start: approximately 2km, 50m climb
Finish to car park: approximately 800m
Categorised under: Day 1
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