High Tove

High Tove Summit
High Tove Summit

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Cumbria, High Tove, Lake District

A Few Facts About High Tove

Location -
High Tove is a fell in the Lake District close to the geographical centre of the Cumbrian hills. It forms part of the watershed between the Derwentwater and Thirlmere catchments a ridge running broadly north to south. Sitting astride the spine of the Central Fells High Tove is an outlier of High Seat. It is separated from its taller northern neighbour by the Peewits an extremely boggy depression. The ridge moves on south across further upland marsh towards Ullscarf passing over the three rocky (and dry) outcrops of Middle Crag, Shivery Knott and Watendlath Fell (summit unnamed on Ordnance Survey maps). Armboth Fell lies to the south east of High Tove connected to the ridge by a broad heathery saddle.

Ascents -
A bridleway from Watendlath to Armboth crosses the ridge. Unusually it keeps to the summit rather than a depression in an attempt to avoid wet ground. A further path runs along the watershed accompanied by a wire fence. This can prove useful for crossing the worst of the bogs.

Summit -
The top has a large cairn which in Wainwright's words offers a seat to travellers who wish to pour the water out of their boots. The views are good to the either side the Helvellyn range nearby to the east and a wide selection of major fells visible on the opposite flank of the ridge. Higher neighbours obstruct the view to north and south.
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Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, Central Fell, Fellranger, Synge, Wainwright

Hill / Mountain Details