Postcard of my photos of our hike on Caldbeck Fells to High Pike & Roughton Gill, November 2011

Postcard of my photos of our hike on Caldbeck Fells to High Pike (658m) & Roughton Gill; the dawn was a bit late but the day gave us fine weather, even in November!

Roughton Gill tumbles through some disused iron and lead mines and runs down to feed in to the River Caldew, which passes through Carlisle..

There are some quaint local names nearby on Uldale Fells above the village of Longlands, which the short November day didn't allow us to visit: Willy Knott, Great Cockup (536m) and its neighbour Little Cockup. The names have more to do with local dialect of the Old English language than failures in mining project management.

Language niceties aside, this is where the bleak topography of the northern Lakes fells melds in to the Scottish Borders, with Carlisle, Hadrian's Wall and the Solway Firth marking the border.

Roughton Gill was also laid out for Cumberland County Motor Cycle Club Memorial Trial at Fellside, 2011. No time on this trip either to come back on the Sunday to watch the bikes running through the Gill. There's a link to their club site on my motorbiking links page