Kirkstone Pass - Caudale Moor - Stony Cove Pike

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Caudale Moor is known locally as John Bell's Banner and the summit is called Stony Cove Pike. No fewer than six ridges lead onto Caudale Moor and this route is one of the easiest, as the start from Kirkstone Pass Inn accounts for much of the overall ascent. The route runs parallel to a dry-stone wall for much of the way, providing a useful handrail feature in bad weather.

A grassy path leads from the inn to a dry-stone wall. The steepest part of the walk is between Waymarks 2 and 3, after which the footpath follows St Raven's Edge, before a gentle ascent brings you onto Caudale Moor. A short, optional detour takes in Mark Atkinson's Monument, on the way to the summit cairn on Stony Cove Pike.

Red Screes dominates the view to the West and you may hear the sound of stone quarrying on its southern spur. The sharp ridge connecting Ill Bell and Froswick to Stony Cove Pike can be seen to the east. During the descent, Lake Windermere lies before you, with the coast beyond. The view is best when the sun reflects off the surface of the lake.

Wainright makes some pithy observations about this route. Whilst he is right to point out that other ascents of Caudale Moor have more to offer the seasoned hillwalker, one should not underestimate the benefits of a route that combines good views with ready access to the high Lakeland fells.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South East

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