High Tove is a fell in the English Lake District close to the
geographical centre of the Cumbrian hills. It forms part of the
watershed between the Derwentwater and Thirlmere catchments, a ridge
running broadly north-south.
Sitting astride the spine of the Central Fells, High Tove is an outlier
of High Seat. It is separated from its taller northern neighbour by the
Peewits, an extremely boggy depression.
The ridge moves on south
across further upland marsh towards Ullscarf, passing over the three
rocky (and dry) outcrops of Middle Crag, Shivery Knott and Watendlath
Fell (summit unnamed on Ordnance Survey maps).
Armboth Fell lies
to the south east of High Tove, connected to the ridge by a broad
High Tove covers around one and a half miles of the north-south
ridge which is approximately a mile in width.
It is bounded on
the west by Watendlath Gill and its main feeder Blea Tarn Gill. These
flow to Watendlath Tarn a popular beauty spot.
The tarn is
available for private fishing and is well stocked with trout. It holds a
wide selection of flora including water lilies and is at least 50 ft
Fisher and Launchy Gills provide the eastern boundaries of
High Tove flowing north and south around Armboth Fell respectively (both
are feeders of Thirlmere).
The top has a large cairn which in
Wainwright's words offers a seat to travellers who wish to pour the
water out of their boots.
The views are good to the either side
with the Helvellyn range nearby to the east and a wide selection of
major fells visible on the opposite flank of the ridge. Higher
neighbours obstruct the view to north and south.
A bridleway from
Watendlath to Armboth crosses the ridge and unusually it keeps to the
summit rather than a depression in an attempt to avoid wet ground.
path runs along the watershed accompanied by a wire fence. This can
prove useful for crossing the worst of the bogs.
routes near High Tove