Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:12 pm

Weather forecast was predicting a for the most part sunny day, so I headed back to the Lake District on Wednesday (12th July) for another wander on the fells. – This time to do Red Screes and Middle Dodd, two tops I hadn’t previously visited, along with several more that I had.

Starting from Cow Bridge car park beside Brothers Water, I walked past the lake to Hartsop Hall, and then took the footpath across the intake fields, heading towards Scandale Pass. Not long after passing beyond the “Settlement” (site of antiquity), my route deviated away from the Scandale Pass track, crossing the footbridge over Kirkstone Beck, and onto the lower flanks of Middle Dodd.

A relentlessly steep and pretty much pathless pull up to Middle Dodd, eventually gave way to easier ground on the approach to Red Screes. From which summit, extensive views towards Windermere and the Morecambe Bay coastline were to be had.

From Red Screes, it was down to Scandale Pass and then up to Little Hart Crag summit, before taking a descending traverse across to the summit of High Hartsop Dodd. Then it was back up towards Little Hart Crag, (this time skirting the actual summit), and across Bakestones Moss, to the very well-constructed “Dale Head”-like cairn on High Bakestones.

During lunch at High Bakestones, the sun gave way to a large bank of cloud coming in from the west, which then persisted for a couple of hours, slightly taking the edge off photos taken during that period. – Still, the weather will do what the weather will do!

From High Bakestones it was an easy stroll across to the ridge-line, picking up the main “Fairfield Horseshoe” path as far as Dove Crag. Where, after visiting the summit, I descended to the col, and then headed off down into Houndshope Cove in order to make my way across and up to the Priest’s Hole Cave. (Slightly tidier than found on my last visit), but the “visitor books” - albeit that they were already irreparably water damaged due to the actions of idiots – see viewtopic.php?f=11&t=695&start=20#p6095, have now completely disappeared.

From the cave, it was back up to the col, and onwards to Hart Crag summit before descending back to valley level via the Hartsop above How – Gale Crag - Bleaberry Knott ridge. There was nothing to be gained by following the ridge all the way down to Deepdale Bridge, (which would then mean a road walk back to the car), so instead, I took the steep path which drops through Low Wood, directly back to Cow Bridge car park.

Regards,
Mike.

GPS track of the route walked: -
#GPX Track - 1 to 50000 scale1.jpg
Walk elevation profile: -
#Elevation Profile.jpg

And some photos from the day. (Described in list form below, to ensure correct alignment of thumbnail images).

Photo 01 - Having walked past Brothers Water, and now approaching Hartsop Hall, Middle Dodd can be seen left of centre, with a still cloud covered Red Screes behind. High Hartsop Dodd and the ridge leading across to Dove Crag are seen towards right hand side of shot.
Photo 02 - Cloud not yet lifted from Dove Crag. (As seen from the intake fields of Hartsop Hall farm).
Photo 03 - Looking back to Brothers Water, with Angletarn Pikes and Place Fell beyond. (As seen from flanks of Middle Dodd).
Photo 04 - Looking across Middle Dodd and Brothers Water, from Red Screes summit.
Photo 05 - The view north-eastwards, from the cairn at High Bakestones
Photo 06 - The Priest’s Hole Cave, high up on Dove Crag.
Photo 07 - The view north-eastwards, from the entrance to the Priest's Hole Cave.
Photo 08 - Looking back to Dove Crag, with the Priest's Hole Cave still prominent. (As seen from Hartsop above How ridge).
Photo 09 - Looking across Brothers Water to Gray Crag, Rest Dodd, The Knott, etc. – (As seen from Gale Crag - Bleaberry Knott area).

If you would like to see more photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=510
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01 Approaching Hartsop Hall.jpg
Photo 01 - Approaching Hartsop Hall.
02 Dove Crag from Hartsop Hall area.jpg
Photo 02 - Cloud covered Dove Crag.
03 Brothers Water from Middle Dodd.jpg
Photo 03 - Looking back to Brothers Water.
04 Looking back across Middle Dodd from Red Screes summit.jpg
Photo 04 - A view from Red Screes summit.
10 High Bakestones cairn.jpg
Photo 05 - High Bakestones cairn.
13 The Priest's Hole Cave.jpg
Photo 06 - The Priest's Hole Cave.
14 Priest's Hole view.jpg
Photo07 - View from Priest's Hole Cave.
22 Dove Crag from Hartsop above How ridge.jpg
Photo 08 - Dove Crag from Hartsop above How.
25 Brothers Water from Bleaberry Knott ridge.jpg
Photo 09 - View across Brothers Water.
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:37 pm

The thread is still getting lots of views, so I thought I’d update with a few more recent walks.
It had been well over thirty years since I last did Skiddaw, so some of this particular walk really was a trip down memory lane!
Photography was slightly hindered by UV heat haze, making it nigh on impossible to get good shots of distant fells, but it was quite a nice day for walking, with a pleasant cooling breeze for most of the day – although it was actually very windy on Skiddaw summit plateau.

Starting from the Underscar/Latrigg parking area, it was no more than a ten minute walk and about 300ft. of ascent to the top of Latrigg. – For the “fell-bagger”, surely (from this start-point) the easiest of the 214 Wainwrights to tick-off, and with amazing views over Keswick and Derwentwater on offer. From Latrigg, I took the path through Birkett Wood, coming back out onto Underscar road, to then walk past the hamlets of Applethwaite and Millbeck.

Not far beyond Millbeck, a footpath leads off rightwards to Lyzzick Woods, on the flanks of Dodd. Dodd is pretty well afforested on all sides, and reasonable progress can only be made by sticking to the forestry paths therein. However, with my interest in mycology, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to spend some time fungi hunting - so my route to Dodd summit wasn't necessarily the quickest or easiest!

From Dodd there was an unavoidable descent, before beginning the seemingly endless ascent of Carl Side. Once there, I decided to walk along the ridge of Longside Edge to Ullock Pike, which then meant a short backtrack, before continuing up the long, steep, and very loose scree slope that leads to Skiddaw summit.

After a break for a bite to eat, I headed off towards Skiddaw Little Man, and then down Jenkin Hill before taking another seldom trod route across to Lonscale Fell & Lonscale Pike.
It was quite noticeable on leaving Skiddaw's main track, how the path became indistinct. Probably less than 0.1% of those visiting Skiddaw will venture on to Lonscale Fell. – I saw no-one at all in that area!

From Lonscale Pike, I backtracked across the fell as far as Flag Pots - (worth noting that it's quite boggy thereabouts!) - and then took the very indistinct track which follows Whit Beck before eventually rejoining the main Skiddaw track lower down the slope. The parking area, behind Latrigg, was in view for much of the descent, which eventually took me past the Hawell monument before finally reaching the car.

Regards,
Mike.

GPS track of the route walked: -
#GPX Track - 1 to 50000 scale1.jpg
Walk elevation profile: -
#Walk Elevation Profile.jpg

And some photos from the day. (Described in list form below, to ensure correct alignment of thumbnail images).

Photo 01 – Keswick and Derwentwater, as seen from Latrigg.
Photo 02 – The north-western fells – Causey Pike, Grasmoor, Grisedale Pike, etc., as seen from Latrigg.
Photo 03 – Dodd, (to left), and an as yet cloud covered Skiddaw massif, from latrigg.
Photo 04 – The “Newlands Horseshoe” – Catbells, Maiden Moor, Dale Head, Hindscarth, etc., as seen from Applethwaite.
Photo 05 – Carl Side from Dodd summit, with Skiddaw’s summit just peeping out at the top, and Skiddaw Little Man over to the right.
Photo 06 – Looking back to Longside Edge and Ullock Pike, from the area of Carl Side Tarn.
Photo 07 – Looking towards the heart of the Lake District, from Skiddaw’s summit “toposcope”.
Photo 08 – Burnt Horse Crags, Great Calva, Little Calva, etc., from Lonscale Fell.
Photo 09 – The Hawell Memorial.

If you would like to see more photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=512
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01 Keswick & Derwentwater from Latrigg.jpg
01 - Keswick & Derwentwater from Latrigg.
02 Causey Pike etc. from Latrigg.jpg
02 - Causey Pike etc. from Latrigg.
03 Dodd & Skiddaw from Latrigg.jpg
03 - Dodd and Skiddaw from Latrigg.
04 Catbells etc. from Applethwaite.jpg
04 - Newlands Horseshoe from Applethwaite.
05 Skiddaw from Dodd summit.jpg
05 - Carl Side & Skiddaw from Dodd summit.
06 Looking back to Longside Edge & Ullock Pike.jpg
06 - Longside Edge & Ullock Pike.
07 Skiddaw panorama view.jpg
07 - View from Skiddaw summit.
08 Burnt Horse Crags & Great Calva from Lonscale Fell.jpg
08 - Burnt Horse Crags, Great Calva, etc.
09 Hawell Monument.jpg
09 - The Hawell Monument.
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:37 pm

After a few weeks of mediocre weather, the promise of long sunny periods throughout the day saw me back in the Lake District on Thursday, 10th August for another walk. This time, I’d decided on a revisit to some fells I’d done several times over the years. – The Red Pike to Haystacks ridge from Buttermere, and Fleetwith Pike on the return leg, making it into the classic Buttermere round!

I started the walk from the roadside parking area beside St. James Church, from which point it was a straightforward stroll through the hamlet of Buttermere to the northern shoreline of the lake, heading towards Burtness Wood. Crossing the footbridge over Buttermere Dubs, (the outlet stream between Buttermere lake and Crummock Water), I entered Burtness Wood to begin the day's ascents. Lots of fungi to be seen in the woods, but the ground is steep, and exploring off the obvious path is rather difficult. Soon leaving the tree cover behind, the path then continues up the fellside towards Bleaberry Tarn, giving superb views back across Buttermere towards the Grasmoor group.

As I gained height, Crummock Water and the northern fells came into view, but before I reached Bleaberry Tarn, clouds moved in, shrouding some the higher tops. Fortunately though, after an hour or so, the cloud lifted. But from that point onwards, and although cloud level was above the tops, there were only intermittent sunny intervals until late afternoon. – So, I had to make the most of the photo opportunities, (and there were many!), during the brighter periods. I can highly recommend this walk to all fellwalkers. Given reasonably good weather, the views are absolutely superb from start to finish.

Regards,
Mike.

GPS track of the route walked: -
#GPS Track - 1 to 50000 scale1.jpg
Walk elevation profile: -
#Walk Elevation Profile.jpg

And some photos from the day. (Described in list form below, to ensure correct alignment of thumbnail images).

Photo 01 – The High Stile, Red Pike group, as seen from beside St.James church at the beginning of the walk.
Photo 02 – Looking across to the Grasmoor group from above Burtness Wood, on the path up to Bleaberry Tarn.
Photo 03 – The northern vista across Robinson, Crag Hill, Causey Pike, Skiddaw, Blencathra, etc. etc., framed against the dominating slope of High Stile.
Photo 04 – Looking down to Seat, with Haystacks beyond, and Fleetwith Pike over to the left, from the top of Gamlin End.
Photo 05 – Inominate Tarn on Haystacks, with Brandreth, Green Gable, Great Gable, and Kirk Fell in the distance.
Photo 06 – An abandoned slate hopper and winding equipment. Relics of times gone by at Honister mines.
Photo 07 – A shot looking across the famous Buttermere Pines towards Haystacks, taken from the lakeshore path around Buttermere.
Photo 08 – Another shot across the Pines, looking towards Warnscale Beck and Green Crag.
Photo 09 – Walking along Buttermere's lakeshore path takes you through this short tunnel. Originally put there at the instruction of the then landowner, who apparently enjoyed walking along his lakeside path, but didn't like having to climb up and over the rocky outcrop at that location.

If you would like to see more photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=519
Attachments
01 The High Stile - Red Pike Group.jpg
01 - The High Stile - Red Pike group.
02 Grasmoor across Buttermere.jpg
02 - The Grasmoor group.
03 Robinson etc from High Crags ridge.jpg
03 - Robinson etc. from High Crags ridge.
04 Haystacks - Fleetwith Pike.jpg
04 - Haystacks, Fleetwith Pike, etc.
05 Inominate Tarn.jpg
05 - Inominate Tarn.
06 Honister Quarries.jpg
06 - Abandoned Honister Quarries relics.
07 Haystacks from Buttermere Lakeshore.jpg
07 - Haystacks from Buttermere lakeshore.
08 Buttermere Pines.jpg
08 - Warnscale & Green Crag.
09 Buttermere Lakeshore Tunnel.jpg
09 - Buttermere lakeshore tunnel.
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by adampembs » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:53 pm

Beautiful photos again, Mike. I think we might go again to the lakes next autumn on our annual caravan break.
View from the top of Skiddaw is amazing. Iwas thinking Haystacks looks more imposing than I remember but I was getting mixed up with Cat's Bells.
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:08 pm

Cheers Adam.
adampembs wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:53 pm
. . . . I think we might go again to the lakes next autumn on our annual caravan break. . . .
Maybe we'll get to meet up for a walk this time if you do.
I've another walk (from last week) to post, (below), just to whet your appetite! :D

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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:16 pm

Friday 27th October was forecast to be a sunny day with light winds, so I headed to the Lake District for another walk on the tops.
I hadn’t done Sergeant Man for quite a few years, and had never explored along Blea Rigg. With the addition of Pavey Ark – High Raise, etc., that was my plan. – The weather was superb all day, and with autumn colours everywhere around, it was a spectacular day to be out on the fells.
I started the walk at the National Trust Stickle Ghyll car-park beside the Stickle Barn Pub.

An hour later, after the always laborious pull up Stickle Ghyll, and I was enjoying the views of Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark across Stickle Tarn.
With the weather being so good, it would have been almost a crime not to do the Jack’s Rake scramble, so I headed around the tarn and up the short scree slope to the foot of the rake. The rake itself was mostly straightforward, but with the amount of rain we’ve had recently, there was still quite a lot of run-off trickling down at various points, making hand & footholds on several short sections pretty slippery. At the top of the rake, it’s just a stone’s throw to Pavey Ark’s summit. Once there, I had a short rest and a bite to eat, just enjoying the views.

From Pavey Ark, it was onwards to Thunacar Knott and then High Raise, before heading across to Sergeant Man. The visibility all around was stunning, but I could see that quite a lot of cloud was now drifting across the western skyline. The Scafells and Great Gable quickly became enveloped in clag. Luckily, that cloud didn’t move eastwards, and my walk continued under gloriously sunny skies.

From Sergeant Man, I strolled across to Codale Head, and then meandered towards Blea Rigg, exploring a few nooks and crannies and looking for photo opportunities. Blea Rigg offers good views down to Codale and Easedale Tarns, Belles Knott and Eagle Crag. However, the entire top is liberally scattered with boggy ground, which required rather circuitous walking on more than one occasion, in order not to get very wet feet!
Because of the boggy nature of the area, I had decided to keep to the highest ground wherever possible, and so took in the subsidiary tops of Great Castle How and Little Castle How, before beginning my descent back to valley level (via the flanks of Raw Pike). The start of the path back down to Langdale Valley was very indistinct and not easy to find, but once found led without difficulty down the fellside, coming out near Pye Howe, and leaving a short but pleasant road walk back to the car-park.

Regards,
Mike.

GPS track of the route walked: -
#GPS Track - 1 to 50000 scale.1.jpg
Walk elevation profile: -
#Walk Elevation Profile.jpg

And some photos from the day. (Described in list form below, to ensure correct alignment of thumbnail images).

Photo 01 – Sunrise over the Langdale Pikes, with a light carpet of mist hanging in the Elterwater valley.
Photo 02 – Fifteen minutes later – and full morning sunshine on the Langdale Pikes. Taken from Copt Howe. (The “Langdale Boulders”, visible beneath the tree in the photo, show well preserved Neolithic engraving!).
Photo 03 – Looking up Stickle Ghyll to Harrison Stickle, (left), and Tarn Crag, (right).
Photo 04 – The Main Crags of Pavey Ark, seen across Stickle Tarn. – I’ve highlighted the line of the Jack’s Rake scramble in red.
Photo 05 – The huge “finger-like” chockstone. – One of the more interesting elements one has to negotiate on the ascent of Jack’s Rake.
Photo 06 – Looking across to the Helvellyn & Fairfield ranges from the summit of Pavey Ark.
Photo 07 – Crinkle Crags and Bowfell, as seen from Thunacar Knott.
Photo 08 – Looking across to Esk Hause. (Taken between Thunacar Knott & High Raise).
Photo 09 – The western skyline from High Raise summit.
Photo 10 – The Helvellyn – Fairfield ranges from the plateau near Codale Head.
Photo 11 – Looking Back to Harrison Stickle & Pavey Ark from the path between Sergeant Man and Blea Rigg.
Photo 12 – The Langdale Pikes as seen from valley level towards the end of the walk.

If you would like to see more photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=540
Attachments
01 Langdale Pikes.jpg
Sunrise over Langdale Pikes.
02 Langdales from Copt Howe.jpg
Langdale Pikes from Copt Howe.
03 Harrison Stickle & Tarn Crag.jpg
Looking up Harrison Stickle & Tarn Crag.
04  Pavey Ark across Stickle Tarn.jpg
Pavey Ark across Stickle Tarn.
05  Chockstone on Jack's Rake.jpg
The chockstone on Jack's Rake.
06 Helvellyn range from Pavey Ark.jpg
Helvellyn range from Pavey Ark.
07 Crinkle Crags & Bowfell.jpg
Crinkle Crags & Bowfell.
08 Looking towards Esk Hause..jpg
Looking towards Esk Hause.
09 The western skyline, from High Raise.jpg
Western skyline from High Raise.
10 Helvellyn range from Codale Head.jpg
Helvellyn range from Codale Head.
11 Harrison Stickle & Pavey Ark from Blea Rigg.jpg
Harrison Stickle & Pavey Ark.
12 Langdale Pikes from Valley level.jpg
Langdale Pikes from valley level.
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:12 pm

According to the mountain weather forecast, Wednesday 29th November was to be a sunny day in the Lake District, but with strong northerly winds.
The first of the winter's snow had fallen during the previous few days, but as Haystacks is not one of the highest fells, at just 1956ft high, the snow was lying mainly above the altitude level that would be achieved on this particular walk.

I'd last been up Haystacks only about three months back, as part of my Red Pike to Fleetwith Pike “Buttermere Round”, ( see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=519 ), but this time, was accompanied by my sister.
Haystacks was chosen because it was her first fell-walk for several months, and, given the wintery conditions, wouldn’t be too lengthy or strenuous for her.

As things turned out, the weather wasn’t as "wall to wall" sunny as had been forecast, although there were some reasonably lengthy sunny intervals during the day, and there were no snow flurries or rain, so it could have been worse!
The winds were pretty strong from the start, and particularly so on the tops.
This, combined with air temperature of just above freezing, gave a wind-chill temperature well below freezing! – (Definitely a hat, gloves, wind-proof jacket, and plenty of warm layers kind of a day!).

Overall route length was just short of five and three quarter miles, with total ascents of 2106ft. Although, due to the vagaries of GPS equipment, the statistics on the recorded track varied slightly from those displayed on the device at the end of the walk.

We didn’t start walking until gone 10:00am, and got back to the car just as it was going dark at about 4pm - Just over six hours in total, but according to the GPS, our actual moving time was only 3hr.19min. (We both carry head torches & spares etc., so it wouldn’t have been a problem if we had had to finish the walk off in the dark).

All in all, a grand day out on the fells. – The cold crisp weather gave clear views to the very distant mountains, with no heat-haze (one of my bugbears) to spoil the photos!

Regards,
Mike.

GPS Track of the route walked: -
#GPS Track - 1 to 25000 scale1.jpg

Walk Elevation Profile: -
#Walk Elevation Profile.jpg

And some photos from the day. (Described in list form below, to ensure correct alignment of thumbnail images).

Photo 01 – Beginning the ascent to Scarth Gap, with the view across Buttermere Lake towards Grasmoor etc.
Photo 02 – Looking into Warnscale, with Fleetwith Pike at left, Green Crag (right of centre), and Haystacks at right hand side.
Photo 03 – Looking across Warnscale to Fleetwith Pike, with the flanks of Dale Head and Hindscarth beyond.
Photo 04 – Looking towards Seat, and the Gamlin End face of High Crag, from Scarth Gap.
Photo 05 – Buttermere, Crummock Water, and the hills beyond, as seen from the summit plateau of Haystacks
Photo 06 – Summit tarns of Haystacks, (Innominate tarn is the farther), with Brandreth, the head of Ennerdale, and Green & Great Gable beyond.
Photo 07 – Looking down Warnscale towards Buttermere and Crummock Water. – Taken on the approach to Green Crag, near Blackbeck Tarn.
Photo 08 – Blackbeck Tarn, with the Gables beyond.
Photo 09 – One of Warnscale Beck’s many waterfalls.

If you would like to see more photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=548
Attachments
002 Noreen, Buttermere, Grasmoor View.jpg
01 Beginning the ascent to Scarth Gap.
004 Looking into Warnscale.jpg
02 Looking into Warnscale.
005 Fleetwith Pike & Dale Head.jpg
03 Fleetwith Pike & Dale Head.
007 Gamlin End from Scarth Gap.jpg
04 Gamlin End.
009 Crummock Water view from Haystacks summit.jpg
05 Crummock Water view.
0015 Innominate Tarn & The Gables.jpg
06 Innominate Tarn & Gables.
0019 Buttermere & Crummock Water, taken near Green Crag.jpg
07 Looking down Warnscale.
0022 Blackbeck Tarn.jpg
08 Blackbeck Tarn & The Gables.
0024 Warnscale Beck Waterfall.jpg
09 Warnscale Beck waterfall.
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