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High Spy (North Top)
634m (2081ft)

The North Western Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


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209th highest in England,
359th in England & Wales

Walk High Spy (North Top) walking UK Mountains in The North Western Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria, England

High Spy (North Top) Summit

Photo: Ivor Bennett

You can find High Spy (North Top) & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL4 The English Lakes - North Western area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Map (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

89 West Cumbria, Cockermouth & Wast Water


See High Spy (North Top) and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See High Spy (North Top) and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Maps:

NB: Whether you print off a copy on to paper or download it to your phone, these PDF Peak Baggers Maps will prove incredibly useful when your are up there on the tops and you cannot get a phone signal!


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See the location of High Spy (North Top) and all 5 walks that climb it on an interactive Google Map


You can walk to the top of High Spy (North Top) by using any of these 5 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c291 Cat Bells and High Spy from Hawes End

Very popular fell with fine views

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8.25ml (13km)
Ascent:2,512ft (766m)
Time:5½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c405 Cat Bells, High Spy and Castle Crag from Hawes End

Popular walk with good views of Derwent Water

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10mls (16km)
Ascent:3,349ft (1,082m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c100 The Newlands Horseshoe from Hawes End

Popular Horseshoe route with fine views

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10.25ml (16.5km)
Ascent:3,585ft (1,093m)
Time:7½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c313 The Newlands Fells from Hawes End

Classic Lakeland

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 12mls (19km)
Ascent:4,152ft (1,266m)
Time:8½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c459 The Greater Newlands Horseshoe from Hawes End

Popular Horseshoe route with fine views

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 14.5ml (23km)
Ascent:5,409ft (1,648m)
Time:11 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 9 Icon (Very Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited High Spy (North Top) Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged High Spy (North Top)

Paul Macey walked up High Spy (North Top) on July 15th, 2023 [from/via/route] Using Walk 405 [weather] Wet & windy

Karen Maguire climbed High Spy (North Top) on September 18th, 2019 [from/via/route] New lands horseshoe

Nicola Parkinson bagged High Spy (North Top) on September 26th, 2020 [from/via/route] Catbells, Maiden Moor & High Spy from Little Town [with] Stu [weather] Sunny

Andrew Flynn hiked High Spy (North Top) on August 8th, 2020 [from/via/route] c459 The Greater Newlands Horseshoe from Hawes End [with] Nicola [weather] Very very sunny - Ran out of water with approx 7 miles to go. A lot of lessons learnt that day.

Kevin Foster summited High Spy (North Top) on March 16th, 2020 [from/via/route] High Spy. [with] Henry. [weather] Sunny with broken cloud. Cold northerly wind. - About half way along the easy grassy ridge of Maiden Moor a rocky knoll stands with a small cairn to the right of the main path. This marks the North top of High Spy where the ground drops away steeply northwards. The wind, which was still bitterly cold & had been howling all day was almost strong enough to blow me off my feet so I didn't linger long up here!

Neil Walker conquered High Spy (North Top) on June 1st, 1982 [from/via/route] Car Park. [with] Doddridge & Commercial St URC

Stephen Reader scaled High Spy (North Top) on August 5th, 2010 [from/via/route] Catbells [with] Bev & Matt [weather] Mixture of cloud & sunshine

Gerard Ball walked up High Spy (North Top) on April 25th, 2019 [from/via/route] Hawes End - Catbells - Maiden Moor - High Spy - Newlands Velley [with] Julie Ball [weather] Hazy, blustery at times

Stephen Eddy climbed High Spy (North Top) on July 13th, 2018 [from/via/route] Hawes End [with] Mike Woodhouse and Tony Harris [weather] Cloudy

Geoffrey Robertshaw bagged High Spy (North Top) on June 10th, 2018 [from/via/route] up from Cat Bells [with] Wife [weather] Great - Great Views at the top

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of High Spy (North Top)

*High Spy, High Spy (North Top) and Cat Bells (Catbells) and Derwent Water from Latrigg

*High Spy, High Spy (North Top) and Cat Bells (Catbells) and Derwent Water from Latrigg

Photo: Richard Nicholls (23)

High Spy (North Top), High Spy, Maiden Moor, Hindscarth (left), Robinson, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Causey Pike, Barrow (Newlands) (centre), Newlands, Bassenthwaite Lake, Swinside, Skiddaw, Derwent Water and Blencathra (right) beyond from Cat Bells (Catbells)

High Spy (North Top), High Spy, Maiden Moor, Hindscarth (left), Robinson, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Causey Pike, Barrow (Newlands) (centre), Newlands, Bassenthwaite Lake, Swinside, Skiddaw, Derwent Water and Blencathra (right) beyond from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Steve Truwick (4)

High Spy (North Top) and High Spy from Hindscarth

High Spy (North Top) and High Spy from Hindscarth

Photo: Ivor Bennett (5)

High Spy (North Top) and High Spy from Hindscarth

High Spy (North Top) and High Spy from Hindscarth

Photo: David Hayter (7)


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