High Raise (Langdale)

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High Raise
Cumberland, Westmorland
High Raise from Thunacar Knott.jpg
High Raise from Thunacar Knott
Range: Lake District Central Fells
Summit: 2,500 feet NY280095
54°28’33"N, 3°6’45"W

High Raise is a fell on the border of Cumberland with Westmorland, in the very west of the latter county, in the Central Fells of the Lake District. High Raise may not be the most spectacular of the mountains in the Lake District, but with an impressive height of 2,500 feet it is the highest point in the central fells.

The fell's name is descriptive and not quite unique; there is another High Raise in the Far Eastern Fells of Westmorland.

High Raise is commonly regarded as the most central mountain in the district and this position gives a fine viewpoint to admire the surrounding mountains and beyond. All four of the Lake District's 3,000-foot mountains, Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Scafell and Scafell Pike, can be well seen from the summit while the more distant views include the Yorkshire three peaks in the Yorkshire Dales 35 miles and Morecambe Bay (25 miles).

Summit and view

The summit itself, which is also known as High White Stones due to a smattering of grey boulders in the vicinity of the highest point, has an Ordnance Survey trig point and a large cairn which also doubles as a wind shelter; a ruined fence also crosses the summit plateau.[1][2]

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.[1]

Codale Head

Codale Head is a secondary summit, which reaches 2,395 feet at NY288090.


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.[1][2]

Shape of the land

The fell is the meeting point of many ridges. The main watershed of the Central Fells can be thought of as a 'L' shape with High Raise, the highest point, standing at the corner. 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.[1][2] 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.


High White Stones is an outcrop of the Lincomb Tarns Formation. This consists of dacitic welded lapilli-tuff and volcaniclastic sandstone. These rocks are overlain by till over the rest of the summit area.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wainwright, Alfred: A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book Three — The Central Fells (1958)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mark Richards: The Central Fells: Collins (2003): ISBN 0-00-711365-X
  3. British Geological Survey 1:50,000 series maps: Sheet 38: BGS (1998)