High Raise is a fell in the Central Fells of the English Lake
District not to be confused with another High Raise situated in the Far
Eastern Fells (High Raise -
It is not one of the most spectacular mountains
in the district; however, with a height of 762 metres (2,500 ft) it is
the highest point in the central fells of Lakeland
the meeting point of many ridges.
High Raise is in fact commonly regarded as the most
central mountain in the district and this position gives a fine
viewpoint to admire the surrounding mountains and beyond.
England's 3,000 foot (914 m) mountains (Skiddaw, Helvellyn and the
Scafells) can be well seen from the summit while the more distant views
include the Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales (60 km) and Morecambe Bay
The main watershed of the Central Fells can be thought
of as a 'L' shape with High Raise, the highest point, standing at the
The northern ridge continues over Ullscarf and High Seat
towards the low fells above Keswick.
South eastward the spine
continues over Blea Rigg and Silver How, terminating at Loughrigg Fell
above Grasmere and Rydal Water.
To the east there are a number of
subsidiary ridges diverging from Sergeant Man. This rocky top is a part
of High Raise but is considered by many writers as a separate fell
because of its appearance.
Beyond lie Calf Crag, Gibson Knott,
Helm Crag, Steel Fell and Tarn Crag.
South of High Raise lie its
most famous offspring the Langdale Pikes. These picturesque craggy
heights form the parapet of High Raise's southern plateau standing atop
the valley wall and the centrepiece of many views.
itself is also known as High White Stones due to a smattering of grey
boulders in the vicinity of the highest point. It has an Ordnance Survey
column, a large cairn which also doubles as a wind shelter and a ruined
fence across the summit plateau.
The view is extensive as befits
the central location with all major fell groups visible. The only
disappointment are the Langdale Pikes which seen from behind lack most
of their distinctiveness.
No lakes are seen other than short
sections of Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater.
Ascents of High
Raise are usually done from Stonethwaite in Borrowdale or the New
Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great Langdale, although routes are also viable
from Grasmere and Thirlmere.
The Stonethwaite approach gives the
walker a chance to climb the neighbouring fell of Ullscarf, while the
route from Great Langdale allows visits to the splendid Langdale Pikes
either before or after climbing High Raise.
routes near High Raise - Langdale