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Great Cock Up Wainwright Bagger

There are various walks and various routes to bag Wainwrights, these are two multi-hill routes that can be done from the campsite.

Option 1 is via Great Cockup, Knott, Great Calva, and back via Dash Falls and the Cumbrian Way

A really great circular walk and I feel the easiest way up Knott and Great Calva, that I’ve done. There’s a very small section of going back on yourself, but if you do the walk without the 15mins de-tour to bag Knott you avoid retracing your steps, but miss out on the extra summit. For me if you’re up there and bagging fells, you may as well get Knott in too.

So, from the campsite, go out of the top end through the metal gate (by the beck) and across to the fence line, turn left over the beck and through the gate, follow the fence to the next gate, keep to the path left and through another gate. Once you are through this gate turn left to the river over the bridge and follow the path to the road. Cross the road and up the steep path through the woods. Go straight over the stile and follow the well-defined path, over the rise and then down the hill. At the bottom of the hill go over the stile on the right and follow this path to the road. At the road turn left and walk on the road for about 5 minutes or so, until you see a turning on the right with a footpath sign for Burn Todd.

Once through the gate turn left and walk up the hill, follow the spine of the hill to the top. It then flattens out until a final rise to the small summit cairn on the top of Great Cock Up. Turn back on yourself down the last rise before you see a footpath on your right, take this down until it meets a large grassy path, at this point turn left onto the main path and to the valley beyond. You’re now on the main path to Burn Todd.

Follow this path down to a stream, here the path gets boggy—you’re keeping on the path near the stream at first the path gets a little undefined, but it does come back. Follow this until the gully at Burn Todd.

Burnt Todd fORWADS

The path climbs here, criss crossing the stream as it flows through the rocks, and it’s absolutly stunning. Follow this path untill you come to a fork in the path. Take the left fork up to the top of Knott. A small sumit cairn marks the top.

Knott Sumit

Simply turn back on yourself and re trace your steps to the path fork, keep straight (which is basically the right fork this time) the path is boggy but well defined, the climb is not too steep and gently winds around and then up to the peak which you can always see in front of you. Follow this path to the fence before the last little climb to the top.

gREAT calva Cairn

From the top you are heading down towards Skiddaw House—England’s highest Youth Hostel—which is the White Building you can now see in the valley below. The path goes straight down through the heather, you’re heading away from Knott, to the Cumbrian Way path which will bring you back to the campsite via Dash falls.

Keep to this path until you meet the main gravel path, turn right, and follow it passed Dash Falls and all the way to Peter House Farm. Once the path gets to the road, simply cross the road, go through the gate, and follow the Cumbrian Way until you arrive back at your start point on the path and see the gate back to the campsite.

There is another option

Option 2 is via Burn Todd, and bags you, Knott, Great Scar Fell, Meal Fell, and Great Cockup before heading back to Kestrel Lodge. This can be on boggy and difficult to find paths at times but is possible even though map routes look like it’s not possible at all. So best ask at reception for this one, as I got lost the first time I tried it and called for a pick up after tackling extra Wainwrights and being unable to find paths, due to the bogs.

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