Back o’ Skidda
Friday, 17 February 2017
12.68 miles/20.4 km
3,051 ft/930 m ascent
5 hours 27 minutes
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.