Faulds Brow NY 299 407
Caermote Hill NY 196 371 and St. John's Hill (Caeremote Hill N. top) NY 196 376
In Wainwright's book he lists the hills included in each chapter immediately after the chapter headings. In Chapter 45 he only lists Caermote Hill, but St. John's Hill which is the natural continuation of Caermote only half a kilometre further north is shown on his map as part of his route for his suggested walk for this chapter. Most lists, including Harold Street - CLICK FOR THEIR WEBSITE include St John's Hill in W's Outlying Fells list.
Each one of these hills could be ascended from the most advantageous road point within twenty minutes or so. Today I wanted a proper walk so I followed W's 4.5 mile route starting from Caldbeck to ascend Faulds Brow. Caldbeck boasts the WATERMILL CAFE
If you are into cafés this is as good as it gets - just look at the website. Coffee and toasted teacake set me up for the walk after the long drive to this northernmost of W's Outlying Fells.
I set off with a more than normal sense of well-being and enjoyment at the prospect of venturing into territory I had not explored before, striding and ascending out of Caldbeck, with blue sky and a nip in the air. That feeing stayed with me for the rest of this day.
|Back to Caldbeck. Blencathra on skyline right|
|Faulds Brow summit|
|Old bobbin mill, see below|
It was only ten minutes drive to Caermont Hill. The ascent started from the road where a Roman fort was marked on the OS map in the adjoining field covering quite a large area. There was not the slightest trace of it on the ground just marsh, bog and reeds. As I was leaving the road through the gate I met a fellow walker returning down the road towards me who I think had just completed the round I was embarking on. He turned out to be a fellow hill bagger targeting W's Outlying Fells and also the Birketts. We had interesting conversation and an exchange of contact details.
|The back of Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake. This side of Skiddaw is much more interesting than the view from Keswick|
|Caermote summit with commemorative plaques now eroded beyond readability. Distant views accross the Solway would include Criffel "on a clear day"|
|From St John's Hill just half a kilometre further on trom Caermote|