Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by NellyDee » Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:05 pm

Just thought I would tell you - I love reading about your walks, all looks fabulous :)

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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Sat Jul 30, 2016 9:46 am

Thanks Nelly. - The thread seems to be getting quite a few views, so hopefully whoever is viewing will be looking at the fungi topics too!

I had another visit to the Lake District yesterday.
The mountain weather forecast had said that rain would clear by mid-morning, leaving a clear day with some good sunny periods, and cloud base predominantly above summit levels. (And they actually got it right for once!).

Walking towards Dovedale from the car, I followed the path through the woodland beside Brothers Water. Numerous species of fungi to be seen, with quite a few Waxcaps being seen higher up on the open fells too.

I’d decided to have a look at the Priest’s Hole Cave on Dove Crag.
It's a place I’ve been meaning to get to for years, but had never got around to it. (Lots of info and videos about the cave on the web).
The cave is high up on a crag face, and needs a bit of scrambling and a good head for heights to get to it.
Actually, getting there isn't too bad - route finding amongst the crags is probably the hardest part!
Having finally got there, I was somewhat unimpressed by the amount of litter, and the fact that someone had removed the tin box which had been there for years, and contained visitor’s books.
The books themselves had been left under a dripping overhang. Thus rendering them completely sodden, ruined, and virtually useless for the time honoured tradition of leaving and reading the comments of previous visitors.
Yet another example of the stupidity of the mindless morons within our society who just want to spoil things for everyone else.

From the cave, I continued up to Dove Crag summit, and then across to Hart Crag and Fairfield, dropping down to Deepdale Hause via Cofa Pike (The place where I tore my calf muscles back in February!), before going onto St. Sunday Crag and finally descending to Patterdale and walking along the road back to the car.

The star fungus find of the day was a superb example of Inonotus dryadeus – Oak Bracket, (see pic. 6), seen on a roadside Oak on the final leg of the walk back to the car.

Regards,
Mike.

GPS track of the route: -
#GPS Track - 1 to 50000 scale.jpg

And a few pics from the day: - (Photo descriptions in list form below, to ensure that thumbnails show correctly in grid-layout).
Photo 1 - Looking towards Dove Crag at the head of Dovedale.
Photo 2 - The Priest's Hole Cave, high up on Dove Crag.
Photo 3 - View from inside the Priest's Hole Cave.
Photo 4 - The view from the Priest's Hole Cave "Balcony".
Photo 5 - Ullswater from the lower flanks of St. Sunday Crag.
Photo 6 - Inonotus dryadeus - Oak Bracket.
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02-Looking towards Dove Crag at head of Dovedale.jpg
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03 - The Priest's Hole Cave on Dove Crag.jpg
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04 - View from inside the Priest's Hole.jpg
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05 - View from Priest's Hole Cave Balcony.jpg
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by NellyDee » Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:52 am

What lovely views and amazing cave. Yes I do look at the fungi topics. Don't need any IDs as the fungi that has appeared here has already been give ID by you kind folk :)

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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:22 pm

Thanks once again Nelly.

Good weather this week – so the Lake District beckoned again on Monday (and Tuesday 8-) ). – And what better than another walk around the Langdale Pikes!

I hadn’t done Jack’s Rake for some years, so decided to include that in Monday's walk.
Jack’s Rake is a legendary Lakeland scramble, following a diagonal line from right to left up Pavey Ark’s main rock face.
The rake has been scene of several fatalities and many call-outs to the Langdale & Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team over the years, so should only be attempted by those who have suitable experience of such terrain, a good head for heights, & proper footwear, etc.

(Unfortunately, the nature of the jack’s Rake scramble is never really captured in still photos, but for anyone who is interested, I’d highly recommend a viewing of this truly excellent short video by Christian Rouse: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rddmPakmwWo ).

Regards,
Mike

GPS track of the walk.
#GPS Track - 1 to 25000 scale.jpg

And a few pics from the day: - (Photo descriptions in list form below, to ensure that thumbnails show correctly in grid-layout).
Photo 1 - Looking across Stickle Tarn to Pavey Ark.
Photo 2 - Looking down to Stickle Tarn from above the chock-stone on Jack's Rake.
Photo 3 - Stickle Tarn from the area just before the final slabs on Jack's Rake
Photo 4 - Pavey Ark from Harrison Stickle.
Photo 5 - Harrison Stickle, Loft Crag, & Gimmer Crag from Pike of Stickle.
Photo 6 - Pike of Stickle from Mickleden.
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08 The Chockstone from above.jpg
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10 Stickle Tarn from Final Terrace.jpg
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17 Pavey Ark from Harrison Stickle.jpg
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:35 pm

On Tuesday the weather was even better than Monday, so I made the Lake District pilgrimage for the second time in 24hours :), to do Helvellyn “by the edges” from Glenridding. (I can’t recall how many times I’ve done this walk over the years, but it still ranks as one of the best!).

Starting from a rough pull-in on Greenside road, walking over Rattlebeck Bridge to Miresbeck, and following the Mires Beck path into Little Cove and onto Birkhouse Moor. (With a short diversion to Birkhouse Moor summit).
From there, along to the “Hole-In-The-Wall”, and on to Low Spying How, High Spying How, Striding Edge, and up the Lad Crag headwall to Helvellyn summit.
From Helvellyn, down Swirral Edge to the col, and then up to Catstye Cam summit before dropping down its eastern flank to meet up with the Red Tarn Beck path, eventually leading down to the old Greenside Mines area and onwards to the car.

Regards,
Mike.

GPS Track of the route: -
#GPS Track 1 to 25000 Scale.jpg

And a few pics from the day: - (Photo descriptions in list form below, to ensure that thumbnails show correctly in grid-layout).
Photo 1 - Ullswater from Birkhouse Moor summit.
Photo 2 - The Helvellyn vista from Birkhouse Moor.
Photo 3 - Striding Edge and Lad Crag from the area of the "Hole-In-The-Wall".
Photo 4 - The Dixon memorial on Striding Edge.
Photo 5 - Looking back down to Striding Edge from Helvellyn summit plateau.
Photo 6 - The massive spoil heap at the old Greenside Mine.
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02 Ullswater from Birkhouse Moor summit.jpg
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04 Helvellyn vista from Birkhouse Moor.jpg
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07 Striding Edge & Lad Crag from Hole-in-the-wall area.jpg
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09 The Dixon Memorial on Striding Edge.jpg
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18 The massive spoil-heap from the old Greenside Mine.jpg
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by NellyDee » Sun Aug 28, 2016 2:06 pm

What a fabulous video and as usual love seeing the scenery and your walks.

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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:17 pm

Thanks Nelly.

Did another trip to the Lakes on Bank Holiday Monday, and, being as it was a bank holiday, I wanted a walk that would be away from the “madding crowds”, and so decided to do a few of the more easterly fells.

Starting from Cow Bridge car park near Brothers Water, and walking in via the tiny hamlet of Hartsop, I took the Hayeswater Gill footpath up to Hayeswater, and then struck up the rather boggy path leading directly to the ridge of The Knott, leading towards High Street.

Passing beyond the summit of The Knott, and heading towards the Straights of Riggindale, Hayeswater again comes into partial view way down below to the right hand side. I stopped to take a quick photo, and, through the viewfinder, out of the corner of my eye, glimpsed something moving. – It was one of Lakeland’s herd of wild red deer. I’d long known about this herd, but had never actually spotted them before. – A nice unexpected surprise!

Having now seen one, I realized that quite a few deer were within sight. I counted eleven, but assumed that more of the herd would have been out of sight “around the corner” of the fell-side. I’m pretty sure they saw me before I saw them, but I managed to get a few shots off before they slowly ambled away out of sight.

At the straights of Riggindale, I took a short there-and-back detour, in order to visit the summit of Kidsty Pike. Then, back on the main ridge, it was up to High Street summit, and onwards to Thornthwaite Beacon.

From there, dropping steeply down to the small col at Threshthwaite Mouth, (what a horrible loose-slippy-stony descent that is!), I continued up to Stony Cove Pike, and across to the Atkinson Memorial cairn, before descending back to valley level via Caudale Moor.

Back in the valley at Caudale Bridge, I followed the public footpath through Sykeside to Hartsop Hall, and beside Brothers Water shore back to the car.

Fungi-wise, lots of Hygrocybe's, Entoloma's, Galerina's, and a few Mottlegills to be seen on the fells.

Regards,
Mike.

GPX track of the walk: -
# GPS Track - 1 to 25000 Scale (1).jpg
and a few pics. from the day: -
( If you want to see a few more pics from this walk, they can be found here: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=421 ).

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Photo 1 - Looking across Hayeswater towards High Street.
Photo 2 - Red Deer on The Knott.
Photo 3 - Looking across Dove Crag to the Scafell massif.
Photo 4 - Great Gable, seen on the horizon behind Dove Crag, Hart Crag, and Fairfield etc.
Photo 5 - Looking towards the Helvellyn range from the Atkinson Memorial Cairn, on Caudale Moor.
Photo 6 - Looking across Dovedale from Caudale Moor.
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02 Looking Across Hayeswater to High Street.jpg
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06 Wild deer on the flanks of The Knott.jpg
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10 Looking across Dove Crag to the Scafells etc..jpg
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18 Great Gable, behind Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield etc., from High Street.jpg
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by NellyDee » Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:27 pm

I do like the way you describe your walks and the photos are lovely. Pity there is not a 'like' button, so I could just give you the thumbs up that I have read this. Fungi coming up in abundance here, just wish it would stop raining so I could get out and take more photos.

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Post by Lancashire Lad » Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:42 pm

Thanks once again Nelly.

Another trip to the Lakes yesterday, along with my sister and her friend, who wanted to do the Jack's Rake scramble on Pavey Ark.

We began the walk from the National Trust car park adjacent to the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Walking up Stickle Ghyll to Stickle Tarn, and then around the tarn and up the short scree slope which marks the foot of the Jack's Rake scramble.
Then up Jack's Rake to Pavey Ark summit, and across to Harrison Stickle, followed by Pike of Stickle.
From Pike of Stickle, we back-tracked to the point where a path skirts around Harrison Stickle's flanks, continuing by the side of the Dungeon Ghyll ravine on the descent to Pike Howe, and finally back to our start point in Langdale valley.

Weather wise, the day was mostly very sunny - exceptionally warm and humid for the time of year.
The pull up from valley to Stickle Tarn is always a bit of a drag, but this time I swear I almost melted away!

On our arrival at Pavey Ark summit, the weather took a quick turn for the worse, with the sky just to one side of us suddenly going quite gloomy, accompanied by thunder & lightning, with visible dark streaks of heavy rain showers to be seen on the not so distant fells.
Luckily for us, we were on the very edge of the passing storm and didn't get rained on at all. - It passed by as quickly as it arrived, and we were soon bathed in sunshine once again - all within a timescale of about half an hour.

Despite carrying over 7 litres of water between us, long before the walk was finished, we'd drunk all we had, and had to resort to stream water and purification tablets. Always a last resort - but by no means as bad as the old style chlorine tablets we had to use back in the day.
Anyone old enough to remember those will no doubt remember just how bad the water tasted when using them.
It tasted so bad we often risked drinking the water just as it came - even when we could see there were tiny things swimming around in it! :shock:

Just in case anyone is interested, when necessity dictates, I now use "Oasis Water Purification Tablets" - one small tablet purifies a litre of water - killing anything that might be lurking in there within 30 minutes. They contain Sodium Troclosene (Sodium dichloroisocyanurate), and they do give the water a slightly chemical taste - but it is by no means unpalatable when you are thirsty!

Fungi wise, lots of Waxcaps and Galerina's to be seen, along with one or two Mycena's here and there.

I didn't take many photos on this walk, since, for the peaks involved, it largely mirrored my solo walk of a few weeks ago: -
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=695&start=20#p6199

However, the GPS track and a few pics are included below.

Regards,
Mike.

GPS Track of the walk: -
#GPS Track - 1 to 25000 Scale(1).jpg

And a few pics from the day: - (Photo descriptions in list form below, to ensure that thumbnails show correctly in grid-layout).
Photo 1 - Stickle Ghyll, with Tarn Crag immediately to its right, and Pavey Ark at top left. - Taken from the summit of Pike Howe.
Photo 2 - Looking down to Langdale Valley from Pike Howe summit.
Photo 3 - Looking across Langdale to Side Pike and Lingmoore Fell - again from Pike Howe summit.
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02 - Langdale from Pike Howe.jpg
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Post by adampembs » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:01 pm

Fantastic! Why is the visibility always so good for you? Friends in high places? boom boom. :D
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by NellyDee » Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:07 am

Had a couple of smiles :) Adam's "Why visibility so good" and your use of water purifying tablets. Maybe it is because all my hill walking years were spent in central to highland Scotland. Always drank from the burns (streams) had one small bottle which was filled up en route.
Visibility, lol, lost count of the number of times the clouds came down on reaching a high point.

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Post by Lancashire Lad » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:11 pm

Thanks for your comments folks, as always, much appreciated.

Adam - I've had plenty of walks in the past where the visibility and or weather were less than ideal - Just that they don't make for good photos so I only tend to post those walks where the pics can do them justice.
(Plus, these days, with more free time on my hands, I try to optimise my chances, and tend to wait for a reasonable weather forecast before venturing forth ;) ).

As Sunday’s weather forecast promised lengthy sunny periods, I had another jaunt to the lakes, and decided on a walk to Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man. Two peaks that I haven’t visited in a good number of years.
At just 6.4 miles, this was a fairly short walk, with intentions of finding and photographing Charmer’s Gravestone (see footnote below), and climbing South Rake on Dow Crag.

Starting at Walna Scar parking area, I followed the Walna Scar Road towards Torver Bridge, until a point some 100 yards past the second “Rock Door”, where I took the path rightwards, into “The Cove”.
Before reaching Goat’s Water, having spent a few minutes looking, I was pleased to find Charmer’s Gravestone, intact, and more-or-less where I’d expected it to be from the subtle clues I’d gleaned from previously seen photos.
From Goat’s Water, I followed the faint climber’s track up the steep scree slope to the foot of Dow Crag’s main rockface, before turning leftwards across Great Gully’s imposing entrance, to make my way into the lesser confines of South Rake.

I stopped for lunch near Dow Crag summit, taking in the spectacular vista of the Scafell range, panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the hills of North Wales, and, on this occasion, a clearer than usual view of the Isle of Man. Then it was onwards to Goat’s Water Hause, and up to Coniston Old Man, where there must have been at least fifty people milling around. A few quick photos from the summit, before descending by the Low Water path, – passing through the always impressive remains of the abandoned quarry workings and levels, and then taking the right hand fork in the path leading directly back to the Walna Scar parking area. – Another great day in the Lakes!

Footnote: Charmer’s Gravestone is an iconic artefact amongst Lakeland’s fell-walking fraternity. A simple piece of rock, roughly carved with the words “CHARMER 1911”, in tribute from its owner, to a foxhound which became cragfast on Dow Crag, before falling and dying from its injuries.
Having previously been subject to the vandalism of uprooting and throwing aside, it was rediscovered some years ago, and re-erected at the position where it rests today. (Unfortunately, the stone appears to be slowly sinking into the boggy ground upon which it sits, and only the letters CHAR and digits 19 can now be seen). Since its precise original location had been lost, the stone no longer marks the actual final resting place of Charmer, but nevertheless, deserves to be treated with respect.
Accordingly, its exact whereabouts is never openly disclosed, but it can be found by determined folks willing to spend a few minutes looking. I had not previously seen it, but was able to find it from details visible in published photographs. However, in keeping with time honoured tradition, I have deliberately put the accompanying photo out of sequence, and have amended the GPX track to anonymise the specific location.

Fungi wise, lots of Galerina's, a few Mycena's and lots of Waxcaps. (A quick shot of H.ceracea below).

Regards,
Mike.

GPS track of the walk: -
#GPS Track - 1 to 25000 Scale(1).jpg
GPS track of the walk.
And a few pics from the day: -
(If you would like to see more pics from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=426

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Photo 1 - Walna Scar Road, Brown Pike & Buck Pike.
Photo 2 - Some of the impressive buttresses and gully's on Dow Crag.
Photo 3 - Looking up South Rake on Dow Crag.
Photo 4 - The Scafell range from Dow Crag summit.
Photo 5 - Isle of Man from Dow Crag summit.
Photo 6 - Dow Crag from Coniston Old Man summit Plateau. (South Rake is at the left hand side of the photo).
Photo 7 - Abandoned quarry workings on the slopes of Coniston Old Man.
Photo 8 - Charmer's Gravestone.
Photo 9 - Hygrocybe ceracea - Butter Waxcap.
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21 Hygrocybe ceracea - Butter Waxcap.jpg
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