Saturday, 1 July 2000

High Spy

High Spy from Dale Head
Height: 653m (2,142ft)
Prominence: 148m (486ft)
Region: North Western Fells
Classifications: HuMP, Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, sub Marilyn, Birkett
Summit feature: Large cairn
Times climbed: 3
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A large cairn sits atop High Spy
What Wainwright said:

"The middle reaches of Borrowdale are bounded on the west by high fellsides, colourful and attractive side-curtains that contribute much to the beauty of the valley. The culminating point on a top of fairly uniform height is High Spy."

High Spy is situated on the ridge that separates the Newlands Valley from Borrowdale. The fell reaches a height of 653 metres and is defended by crags to the east and west as it falls away steeply to the valleys.

The meaning of the fell's name is obscure but may mean a “lookout post” referring to some lost fort in the area.

The summit has an impressive cairn which has been known to be vandalised on occasions but always seems to gets rebuilt by other walkers.

Views are best towards the impressive crags of Dale Head and Hindscarth.

Return to Lake District – North Western Fells

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