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|Author: , Published: 06 Nov 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Cumbria, The North Western Fells|
|This is another one of those walks that is fairly easy but for one small section - and what a section it is. A steep climb, a bit of a scramble to the top, a ridge walk and an old quarryman's path - just another typical day in the Lake District.|
From the village of Braithwaite head south down the lane that heads through Newlands Valley. Just after you come out of the trees and over the cattle grid there is a large parking area next to the road on the left above Uzzicar Farm.
|Start to Sleet Hause|
Start point: 54.5843 lat, -3.1889 long
From the car park layby set off south along the lane admiring the magnificent views down Newlands and across to Catbells on the other side of the valley. Immediately after crossing the little stone bridge at Stoneycroft there is a stile on the right hand side of the road. Go over this and start making your way uphill. After a very short while you come to a crossroads in the path. You could go straight on but it's a very steep way up so on this walk we are going to go right and work our way up the side of the hill gently. As you head up the valley you are slowly gaining height away from Stoneycroft Gill (the stream that runs down it). Eventually the path bends left and becomes a bit steeper as it heads towards Sleet Hause (the base of the final ascent to Causey Pike).
|Sleet Hause to Causey Pike summit|
Start point: 54.5758 lat, -3.2044 long
From Sleet Hause the path gets a bit steeper and zig zags up the front of Causey Pike until, finally, just before the summit you meet a wall of rock. This is the tricky bit I mentioned in the introduction. As with most scrambles the thing is to stop thinking like a walker and start thinking like a climber - you are not limited to just using your feet, you can use your hands, elbows and knees too. Once you have realised this then it becomes a whole lot easier. You need to make your way up the fissure thats slightly to your right. It's not difficult but as Alfred Wainwright said it's not a place for "fooling about". The scramble is a lot shorter than it looks from the top and don't forget about using every available body part.
|Causey Pike summit to Sail Pass|
Start point: 54.5769 lat, -3.2101 long
OK I'm assuming you made it to the top, I told you that you could do it and that I had every faith in you.
|Sail Pass to Finish|
Start point: 54.5732 lat, -3.2321 long
When you get to Sail Pass turn sharp right and follow the rocky path back down, now heading east and back towards the road. Soon you meet the top of Stoneycroft Gill which appears on your right. You keep to this old quarryman's path all the way back down the valley until, just before you get back to the lane, the route curves gently left. The track rejoins the lane just by the layby that you started at - it's almost as if I planned it that way.
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