Stony Cove Pike (alternatively known as Caudale Moor
or John Bell's Banner) is a fell in the Far Eastern part of the English
Lake District. It stands on the other side of the Kirkstone Pass from
Red Screes and is on the end of a ridge coming down from High Street.
It is separated from its neighbours by the deep col of
Threshthwaite Mouth, so is a Marilyn – the sixteenth highest in the Lake
There is considerable
variation over use of the alternative names for the fell. The Ordnance
Survey maps name the main summit as 'Stony Cove Pike', the second top to
the west as 'Caudale Moor' and 'John Bell's Banner' is reserved for the
south west ridge descending to St Raven's Edge.
Wainwright in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells uses Caudale
Moor for the fell as a whole, John Bell's Banner as an alternative to
this and Stony Cove Pike as a name for the (main) summit.
Birkett prefers the Ordnance Survey scheme but with John Bell's Banner
as a second name for the subsidiary top.
The fell is wide and sprawling with six ridges
leaving the summit area. The main summit sprouts four to the points of
Eastward is the rocky descent to Threshwaite Mouth
followed by an equally steep climb to Thornthwaite Crag.
Northward is the grassy ridge to Hartsop Dodd and westward the plateau
narrows slightly toward the second top of Caudale Moor / John Bell's
Banner (2477 ft).
To the south of the main top, a short spur juts
out into the head of the Trout Beck valley before falling steeps over
From the lower top the narrow descending ridge of
Rough Edge drops north west toward Caudale Bridge.
Caudale Quarry is hollowed out about halfway down the edge reached by
what was once believed to be the steepest working track in Lakeland.
There is also evidence of deeper mining here.
A broad ridge also
descends south from the Caudale Moor top passing over Pike How before
dividing around the head of Woundale.
The south western branch
descends down St Raven's Edge to the Kirkstone Pass road at Woundale
Raise, before climbing again to Wansfell.
The south eastern spur
is much shorter, dropping over Hart Crag and Great Knott into the
The summit area is grassy with a number of
small tarns between the two tops. Walls follow the ridges to Hartsop
Dodd, St Raven's Edge and Threshthwaite Mouth making navigation of the
complex ridge system easier.
Both tops have cairns and there is a
further cairn topped by a wooden cross to the south west of Caudale
Moor. This is named Mark Atkinson's monument by Wainwright.
Despite the somewhat dreary nature of the top, considerable areas of
crag surround the plateau.
Caudale Head between the northern
ridges is one and more crag lies north and south of Threshthwaite Mouth
at the heads of Pasture and Trout Becks.
The flatness of the top
leads to a somewhat restricted view of the surrounding fells although
all of the major groups are in sight from the summit.
common way of ascent is to make a small circuit from the Patterdale
valley, going up the steep north ridge to the top, then across
Threshthwaite Mouth and up to Thornthwaite Crag. From there the circuit
is completed via Thornthwaite Crag's north ridge, known as Gray Crag.
The southern ridge from Wansfell and Ambleside provides a longer
alternative route of ascent.
The quickest way up is from the top
of Kirkstone Pass via St Raven's Edge - this route was described by
Alfred Wainwright as the "dullest way up".
Walking routes near