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High Spy
653m (2143ft)

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


Record High Spy as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
141st highest in England,
243rd in England & Wales

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Wainwright
(No. 113)

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English Nuttall
189th highest in England,
326th in England & Wales

You can find High Spy & 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 Maps (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

89 West Cumbria, Cockermouth & Wast Water


90 Penrith & Keswick, Ambleside


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

See High Spy 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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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited High Spy Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged High Spy

Sarah Baker walked up on June 14th, 2021 [with] Larry baker and Bailey [weather] Beautiful day, slightly hazy, bit cold - Up & back didn't do the loop route

Martyn Atherton climbed on September 18th, 2021 [from/via/route] c291/Own Route - High spy, Maiden Moor, Cat Bells to Borrowdale [with] Martyn and Paul [weather] Dry & cloudy then sunny pm - Quiet on High Spy then very busy on Cat Bells

Pete George bagged on May 14th, 2022 [from/via/route] Rosthwaite [with] Roco [weather] Warm & clear

Christine Shepherd hiked during June, 2005 [from/via/route] From Littletown [with] On my own [weather] Sunny - Have bagged this peak three times since. I led a group in July 05 & then on my own again on 15.9.11. Also climbed this as part of the 10 in 10 challenge 22.6.2019

Richard Fulcher summited on March 21st, 2022 [from/via/route] Parked at Little Town car park & ascended to Maiden Moor. Followed the ridge route to High Spy & then down to Dalehead Tarn. From the tarn up steep ascent to Dale Head, down & up to Hindscarth & down & up to Robinson. Tricky descent via Blea Crags & easier along High Snab Bank then ver steep down to Low High Snab! Gentle stroll then back to the car. [with] Jen [weather] Mostly gentle winds & a bright but hazy day. Cold on the tops especially when the sun disappeared behind the cloud. A great weather day overall. - Easier to ascend Robinson by the ridge route than to descend.

Tony Halliday conquered on November 22nd, 2021 [from/via/route] Circular walk cat bells maiden moor high spy & castle crag [with] My boarder terrier jimmy [weather] The weather was cool no wind & dry decent views - Nice circular roughly 10 miles

Richard Annett scaled on October 30th, 2021 [from/via/route] parking place near Portinscale [with] Euan [weather] Sunny in between showers - Swinside Inn, cider.

Helen Williams walked up on September 29th, 2021 [from/via/route] Grange followed by Maiden Moor & Cat Bells [with] Paul and Sweep [weather] Cloudy with sunny spells

Claire Murray climbed on August 22nd, 2021 [from/via/route] National Trust Car Park was filled so had to park further away. Walked up Maiden Moor High Spy & Castle Crag. [with] Vitor [weather] Lovely day, very hot to start with but better nearer the top - Took around 7hrs to walk! But it was a lovely walk. Hard going up hill but definitely worth it.

Dan Milman bagged on August 10th, 2021 [with] Milly & Jonah [weather] Sunny & clear

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of High Spy

The Newlands Valley from High Spy with Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance and The Skiddaw Massif to the right

The Newlands Valley from High Spy with Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance and The Skiddaw Massif to the right

Photo: Wayne Hill (91)

Derwent Water with Keswick and the Skiddaw Massif beyond from High Spy

Derwent Water with Keswick and the Skiddaw Massif beyond from High Spy

Photo: Dave Roberts (7)

Dale Head (Newlands) and High Spy from Base Brown

Dale Head (Newlands) and High Spy from Base Brown

Photo: Chris Brankin (18)

Derwent Water, Blencathra, Walla Crag and 
Bleaberry Fell from High Spy

Derwent Water, Blencathra, Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell from High Spy

Photo: Peter Swan (14)

Looking South from High Spy

Looking South from High Spy

Photo: Rob Barklamb (33)

High Spy (North Top) and Maiden Moor from High Spy

High Spy (North Top) and Maiden Moor from High Spy

Photo: Ivor Bennett (3)

Cat Bells, High Spy (just poking up) and Dale Head (Newlands) (in the distance far right) from the Swinside Inn near Portinscale

Cat Bells, High Spy (just poking up) and Dale Head (Newlands) (in the distance far right) from the Swinside Inn near Portinscale

Photo: Mike Walker (360)

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)

Skiddaw and Blencathra in the distance and then High Spy and Maiden Moor forming the ridge on the right from the summit of Dale Head (Newlands)

Skiddaw and Blencathra in the distance and then High Spy and Maiden Moor forming the ridge on the right from the summit of Dale Head (Newlands)

Photo: Rob Barklamb (49)

High Spy (North Top) and High Spy from Hindscarth

High Spy (North Top) and High Spy from Hindscarth

Photo: Ivor Bennett (5)

Early morning valley mist below Dale Head (Newlands) and High Spy, Maiden Moor & Cat Bells (Catbells) with the summit of Castle Crag (front right) lit by a ray of sunshine from Rosthwaite

Early morning valley mist below Dale Head (Newlands) and High Spy, Maiden Moor & Cat Bells (Catbells) with the summit of Castle Crag (front right) lit by a ray of sunshine from Rosthwaite

Photo: Alan Wainwright (234)

On High Spy

On High Spy

Photo: Dave Roberts (8)

High Spy from Dale Head Tarn

High Spy from Dale Head Tarn

Photo: Mike Knipe (42)

*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)

The view from the summit of Swinside (Portinscale) featuring Derwent Water, Cat Bells , Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head (Newlands), Hindscarth, Robinson, Causey Pike, Sail, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Barrow and Gridedale Pike

The view from the summit of Swinside (Portinscale) featuring Derwent Water, Cat Bells , Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head (Newlands), Hindscarth, Robinson, Causey Pike, Sail, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Barrow and Gridedale Pike

Photo: Mike Walker (353)

The large beacon on the summit of High Spy

The large beacon on the summit of High Spy

Photo: Christine Shepherd (526)

360 degree panorama featuring Great Gable, Green Gable, Little Scoat Fell & Pillar (distance), Brandreth, Dale Head (Newlands), High Spy, Glaramara, Esk Pike, Great End and Scafell Pike from Base Brown

360 degree panorama featuring Great Gable, Green Gable, Little Scoat Fell & Pillar (distance), Brandreth, Dale Head (Newlands), High Spy, Glaramara, Esk Pike, Great End and Scafell Pike from Base Brown

Photo: Chris Brankin (15)


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