The weather forecast predicted heavy rain and gale force winds on the summits. So we headed for two smaller hills and walked up flooded paths that were more like streams.
Up to the summit of Holme Fell (1,040ft/317m), the path churned by a herd of Belted Galloway cattle that replace the more typical sheep on these fells.
View very limited due to the mist and the persistent fine rain. Then picked our way across the bobbly ridge following sheep tracks and cow paths back to the Coniston road near Arnside. The bridleway leads past Tarn Hows, through Iron Keld and up to the top of Black Fell (1,060ft/323m).
Very windy on the summit. Back down via Tarn Hows and the very pretty (and full) Tom Gill Falls to the car park.
North of Skiddaw there are a number of remote hills and we set off to climb most of them in a single walk. Passed a man repairing an old dry stone wall as we climbed towards Brocklecrag. When we reached the hause at the foot of Knott (2,329ft/710m), we changed our plans and added Great Calva (2,264ft/690m) to our itinery.
From Orthwaite, we walked up the valley flanked by Burn Tod and Little Calva a very pretty route up – our ascent was watched by a lookout sheep. Very wet and boggy route up Great Calva, but good views across to Knott from the summit. Mist fell as we re-traced our steps and then climbed the grassy slope to the summit cairn.
From here we crossed to Great Sca Fell (2,136ft/651m) and then followed the ridge over Little Sca Fell (2,077ft/633m) to Brae Fell (1,923ft/586m) with good views to High Pike. From there we started the long trek out to Longlands Fell (1,585ft/483m), skirting the deep ravine. Then re-tracing our steps to just below Little Sca Fell and then headed towards Meal Fell (1,804ft/550m).
Steep descent to Trusmadoor and then sharp climb with tired legs to the summit of Great Cockup (1,726ft/526m). As we walked down the track we passed the dry stone waller who had completed a short section of wall in the time we had been walking.
Arrived late, so decided to do three short walks and drive between them. We set off up Gowbarrow Fell (1,579ft/481m) crossing the pretty Aira Beck by the footbridge and then straight up the fell towards the top following the wall. Very windy on the top by the trig point. Great views of the other two hills. Returning by the same route.
Little Mell Fell (1,657ft/505m) takes about 20 minutes. Straight up and down from the hause. Wet and slippery. Bare grass hill with no rocks and no trees.
Great Mell Fell (1,762ft/537m) is wooded – very unusual for a Lakeland fell. Though some of the trees are rather windswept. The summit is marked with a large stick in a small cairn. Back down the same route.