Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:53 pm

Thanks once again Nelly, your comments are always appreciated.

A fairly good weather forecast for Sunday saw me making another jaunt to the Lake District, and my favourite area – Great Langdale.
My trip this time had the primary intentions of continuing the “break-in” of some recently purchased heavy duty winter boots, along with finding and photographing the Packwoman’s Grave (see footnote) near Rossett Pike.
As it turned out, the day was quite mixed, weather-wise, with lengthy periods of sunshine, and quite dull and overcast skies in equal measure. But light winds, no rain, excellent long distance visibility, and the onset of autumn colours, made for a great day to be out on the fells.

Starting from the NT car park at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, I walked to the head of Mickleden Valley and then over the footbridge towards Rossett Gill. For the climb of Rossett Gill, I chose to follow the old “direct route”, immediately beside the gill and through the ravine.
Since the construction of the nearby pitched path, which contours the ascent over easier gradients, hardly anyone climbs the gill directly, and virtually no trace of a path can now be found.

A leisurely half-hour detour onto the open fell-side and my search for the Packwoman’s grave was fulfilled. After removing some obviously recently placed stones, (I think that such relics of antiquity should be treated with respect and left as near as possible to their original condition – to me, adding new stones desecrates the site, giving it no more relevance than a cairn!), I took a few photographs and made my way back into the ravine to continue the climb.

Reaching “Rossett Hause” (a name coined by myself for the saddle-like area between Rossett Pike and Hanging Knotts), I stopped for lunch and then continued beyond Angle Tarn to Tongue Head, there leaving the main path, and bearing southwards up to Ore Gap. From there, I headed towards Bowfell, walking and scrambling along the edge of the ridge as much as possible, to make the best of the superb views back towards the Langdale Pikes.

Up at Bowfell summit, I was pleased to discover that the sun was in just the right position to highlight the Ordnance Survey bench mark “arrow”, chiselled into one of the large summit boulders. I’ve been there many times, but had never previously seen it showing such pronounced definition. After spending some time taking in Bowfell's glorious summit views, I decided to head back down to Langdale by way of the Great Slab and Climber’s Traverse, continuing down The Band to Stool End Farm and the ODG Hotel.

Regards,
Mike.

Footnote: - The Packwoman’s Grave is another of Lakeland’s relatively little known antiquities. Reputedly marking the burial place of an elderly “hawker” who travelled Lakelands high-fell passes in the late 18th century, peddling her wares. She had apparently died during a winter snowstorm having been unable to find her way off the fells. Whether fact, or merely folklore, there is little in the way of documented evidence to support the story, but a rather poignant (and lengthy!) poem by T H Collinson, MA, tells the tale very well.
That poem can be found here: - http://lakelandhuntingmemories.com/PackwomanNew.html
(Edited 28/06/17 to replace the above link - previous one was no longer valid).

GPS track of the walk: -
#GPS Track - 1 to 25000 Scale1.jpg
And a few pics from the day.
( If you would like to see several more photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=428 ): -

Photo descriptions in list form below, to ensure that thumbnails show correctly in grid-layout.
Photo 1 - Autumn sunshine and dark skies above the Langdale Pikes.
Photo 2 - Looking up to Flat Crags, Cambridge Crag, & Bowfell Buttress.
Photo 3 - The Packwoman's Grave.
Photo 4 - The Langdale Pikes seen across Rossett Pike, taken from near Tongue Head.
Photo 5 - The Langdale Pikes, taken from somewhere above Cambridge Crag on the way to Bowfell summit.
Photo 6 - The Ordnance Survey bench mark arrow, at Bowfell summit.
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05 Flat Crags, Cambridge Crag, & Bowfell Buttress.jpg
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06 Packwoman's Grave.jpg
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by NellyDee » Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:52 pm

Interesting and lovely photos as usual :)

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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:36 am

Thanks once again Nelly.

Another great day out in the Lakes on Wednesday - I decided to do Helvellyn, (yet again! :D ), but by a different route.

After parking the car in a small layby on the A592, I took the footpath through the grounds of the Patterdale Hotel, heading into Grisedale.
My route eventually took me past Ruthwaite Lodge and onwards to Grisedale Tarn, with impressive views of the crags of Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike to my right, and St. Sunday Crag to my left, along the way.

Nearing Grisedale Tarn, I spotted the Brothers Parting stone, with its associated nameplate sign, so decided to take a photo. Unfortunately, the words inscribed on the rock are difficult to read, and were made almost impossible to photograph with the light being against me, giving very little contrast.
(There is much information online about how the famous Wordsworth verse inscribed on the stone came to exist).
The words inscribed on the rock read: -
“Here did we stop; and here looked round
While each into himself descends,
For that last thought of parting Friends
That is not to be found.
Brother and friend, if verse of mine
Have power to make thy virtues known,
Here let a monumental Stone
Stand sacred as a Shrine.”


From Grisedale Tarn, I headed up to Dollywagon Pike summit, then following the eastern edge of the ridge along to Nethermost Pike, and eventually, Helvellyn summit. Hardly a cloud in the sky, along with crystal clear air clarity, meant that the autumnally coloured panoramic views to be had whilst walking along the summit ridge were superb.

Worth noting that although it was for the most part a fine sunny day, what wind there was, coming from a northerly direction, was bitingly cold. Air temperature on the tops was hovering at not much above freezing, with ice to be seen on small boggy pools on Nethermost Pike’s summit ridge.

After taking in the views from Helvellyn, I decided to make my way back to Patterdale by down climbing Striding Edge, then along to the Hole-in-the-wall, descending on the Patterdale side of Birkhouse Moor towards Brownend Plantation and Grisedale Bridge, before finally walking the short distance along the A592 back to the car.

Regards,
Mike.

GPS Track of the Walk: -
# GPS Track - 1 to 50000 scale.jpg
And a few pics from the day.
( If you would like to see more photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=437 ).

Photo descriptions in list form below, to ensure that thumbnails show correctly in grid-layout.
Photo 1 - Looking over autumnally coloured foliage in Grisedale Valley, to Dollywaggon & Nethermost Pikes.
Photo 2 - The head of Grisedale, with Dollywaggon Pike & Nethermost Pike prominent on the horizon.
Photo 3 - The Brothers Parting Stone
Photo 4 - The western vista from Dollywaggon Pike.
Photo 5 - Looking across Ruthwaite Cove to St.Sunday Crag, with Hard Tarn at lower left.
Photo 6 - Yours truly on Helvellyn summit plateau, with Red Tarn, Striding Edge, and a distant Ullswater behind.
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01 Looking up Grisedale to Nethermost & Dollywaggon Pikes.jpg
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02 Dollywaggon Pike.jpg
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04 Brothers Parting.jpg
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06 Looking west - from Dollywaggon Pike.jpg
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08 Hard Tarn in Ruthwaite Cove, with St.Sunday Crag beyond.jpg
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:04 pm

A superb sunny day with lots of snow on the high tops saw me back in Great Langdale on Wednesday, for a walk up Pike of Blisco and Crinkle Crags.

Starting in the half-light of dawn, from the National Trust car park adjacent to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, I walked past Wall End Farm, before taking the Redacre Gill path up to Pike of Blisco.

I was well on my way before the sun rose high enough reach valley level, but minute by minute, this was turning into a glorious winter’s day. With height gained, and the sun higher in the sky, the views began to open up, and by the time I reached the summit, there were panoramic snow-clad vistas in all directions.

From Pike of Blisco, I dropped down to the col near Red Tarn, and then skirted past the flanks of Great Knott, up to Crinkle Crags.
From Crinkle Crags, the Scafell’s vista was superb, as was the view across the Langdale Pikes to the Helvellyn range beyond. Skiddaw, Blencathra, Fairfield, St, Sunday Crag, the list goes on - all snow-clad, and all vying for attention in the sun.

Numerous photographs later, I stopped for lunch before continuing along the Crinkle Crags ridge and down to the Three Tarns – arguably one of the best viewpoints for the Scafell’s at any time of year, but even better when snow-clad in winter sunshine!
From Three Tarns col, I descended back to valley level by The Band, before walking through Stool End Farm and back to the car.

Might be perhaps surprising to some, but during the afternoon, (while I was on the Crinkle Crags ridge), and although I wasn't aware at the time, there was a large avalanche on Skiddaw: - https://t.co/EJro0yiGzu - with one some four times larger on Wednesday night. (Many people don't think that such things occur in England!).
So, if you're heading to the hills this winter - be prepared, and be careful! ;)

Perhaps not surprising - I didn't see one fungus all day! :lol:

Regards,
Mike.

GPS Track of the walk: -
# 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 - The Langdale Pikes, seen in the half light of dawn, on the approach to Great Langdale.
Photo 2 - The Langdale Pikes, with Pike of Stickle and Loft Crag prominent, as viewed from the flanks of Pike of Blisco.
Photo 3 - Great Knott and Crinkle Crags, with Bowfell at extreme right. (Taken on the descent between Pike of Blisco summit and Red Tarn col.
Photo 4 - Yours truly with the Scafell's vista behind. (Taken from Long Top).
Photo 5 - The Scafell's as seen from Crinkle Crags summit ridge.
Photo 6 - The Langdale Pikes as seen from Crinkle Crags - with Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike, St. Sunday Crag. Fairfield, and Seat Sandal beyond.

( If you would like to see more photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=443 ).
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02 Langdale Pikes from flanks of Pike of Blisco.jpg
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by NellyDee » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:47 pm

Though bitingly cold the views are breathtaking are they not. I togged up today and went out and take photos of the hoar frost on the remaining fungi and the grasses, stones, trees - oh so much to photograph it fascinates me, nature's art at its best, even on the inside of my windows -
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Post by Lancashire Lad » Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:35 pm

An optimistic weather forecast for Monday saw me back in the Lake District for another walk up Helvellyn.

Starting from a roadside pull-in, I walked along Greenside Road to the old Greenside Mine area. - Now home to the Helvellyn YHA building etc. Beyond the buildings, I crossed the footbridge over Glenridding Beck, onto the fell-side leading towards Red Tarn & Helvellyn.

Much of the early season snow had now melted, with little remaining below the 2000ft level. Higher on the fells, snow cover was patchy, giving a “zebra-like” look to the high tops. What snow did remain was generally in good condition for walking, having had several freeze-thaw cycles in which to become hard and stable. It is worth noting though, that on main path routes that see the passage of many walkers, much of the remaining snow had become very compact indeed. Being, to all intents and purposes, sheet ice, – so due care was needed when crossing these areas.

Reaching Red Tarn, a decision was needed. Do I go up via Striding Edge – or Swirral Edge?
From where I was standing, Striding Edge looked mostly devoid of snow, whereas Swirral Edge did at least have some snowy patches, especially on the steeper bits near the top. Plus, I’d ascended by Striding Edge several times recently.
So, decision made, this time it would be up via Swirral Edge for a change!

Much of the scramble was on bare and mostly dry rock, but the snow patches were on steep ground – and sufficiently hard to preclude a safe ascent by step kicking alone. - Time to get the crampons on and unhitch the ice-axe. Safety first – always!

An enjoyable few minutes later and I was at the top. Magnificent views all around, just slightly marred by some thin cloud drifting in from the west, more or less at summit height. And some general low level haze in the valleys which would take the “crispness” out of any distant views in photos.

Not many people about meant that it was easy to find a cosy corner in Helvellyn’s summit shelter for lunch – during which time the Fell Top Assessor appeared, taking his daily wind speed readings etc. by the summit cairn.

After lunch, it was a delightfully easy stroll across to Helvellyn Lower Man, followed by White Side, and then onto Raise. From Raise summit, I headed north to Sticks Pass, before turning eastwards, following the Sticks Gill path (with the Lake District Ski Club buildings and ski-tow now on my right).
Passing through the disused quarry workings above "Lucy's Tongue", and descending via Stang End back to Greenside Mine area, I finally retraced my walk-in route along Greenside Road back to the car.

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: - (Photo descriptions in list form below, to ensure that thumbnails show correctly in grid-layout).
Photo 1 - Helvellyn and The Edges, as seen from the approach to Red Tarn.
Photo 2 - Close-up view of Swirral Edge.
Photo 3 - The view east, across Catstye Cam to Ullswater. As seen from Helvellyn's triangulation pillar.
Photo 4 - Looking north to Helvellyn Lower Man and the path towards White Side, with Skiddaw and Blencathra on the horizon.
Photo 5 - Looking back to a silhouetted Helvellyn. (Taken near the summit of Raise).
Photo 6 - Looking back to Catstye Cam, as seen from Stang End on the descent back down to Greenside.

( If you would like to see more photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=445 ): -
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02 Helvellyn from Red Tarn.jpg
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03 Swirral Edge close-up.jpg
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06 Catstye Cam & Ullswater from Helvellyn trig pillar.jpg
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08 Looking north to Helvellyn Lower Man, Skiddaw, & Blencathra.jpg
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:12 pm

First Lake District walk of the new year on Wednesday - Swirl How & Wetherlam etc. :)

Starting from the roadside parking area at Low Tilberthwaite, I took the faint path which follows Blake Rigg Gill (unnamed on OS maps) behind the cottages, heading steeply upwards, towards Great Intake. Reaching the somewhat boggy plateau between Birk Fell and Great Intake, the spectacular view towards the Langdale Pikes opened up – demanding that photographs be taken!

The walk then continued by descending alongside the dry stone wall to Greenburn Beck, before striking up the Rough Crags – High End – Wet Side Edge ridge towards Little Carrs, Great Carrs, and Swirl How. As height was gradually regained, the views once again became ever more impressive, and by the time Swirl How summit was reached, had revealed various aspects of Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, The Langdale Pikes, the Scafell range, and many more fells in all their glory.

I stopped for a while at Swirl How summit to take in the views whilst having lunch.
Although it was a gloriously sunny winter’s day, there was a considerable wind on the tops, and wind chill meant that air temperature was well below zero. – So once lunch was out of the way, I made a steep (and slow!) descent over verglas coated rock, down Prison Band to Swirl Hawse, before continuing upwards to Wetherlam summit.

From there, it was a similar type of descent down Wetherlam Edge, to Birk Fell Hawse.
At Birk Fell Hawse, the start of the descent path back down to the valley was not very evident amongst the craggy outcrops, but once found, was easily followed. Firstly down into Dry Cove Bottom, and then beside the ravine of Tilberthwaite Gill, before finally skirting the lower flanks of Blake Rigg to Low Tilberthwaite and back to the car.

Regards,
Mike.

GPS track of the walk: -
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And a few pics from the day: - (Photo descriptions in list form below, to ensure that thumbnails show correctly in grid-layout).
Photo 1 - The Langdale Pikes. (Taken from near the summit of Great Intake).
Photo 2 - An inquisitive Herdwick !
Photo 3 - Swirl How, Great Carrs, and Little Carrs, from Greenburn.
Photo 4 - Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags - (partly obscured by Great Knott), and Bowfell. (Taken from the Rough Crags ridge area.
Photo 5 - The Scafells, with Crinkle Crags and Bowfell at extreme right. (Taken from Swirl How).
Photo 6 - Looking across Great Carrs to the Scafells, Bowfell, etc. (Taken from Swirl How summit).

( If you would like to see more photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=454 ).
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02 Langdale Pikes from flanks of Great Intake.jpg
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07 An Inquisitive Herdwick.jpg
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06 - Swirl How, Great Carrs & Little Carrs from Greenburn.jpg
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08 Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags, & Bowfell, from Rough Crags Ridge.jpg
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11a The Scafells, Crinkles, & Bowfell, from Swirl How.jpg
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Post by Lancashire Lad » Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:04 pm

A gloriously sunny start to the day last Friday saw me returning to the area of the Lake District's North-Western Fells, for a round walk from Causey Pike to Grisedale Pike. The morning sunshine gave way to hazy high level cloud in the afternoon, before clearing again to give the promise of a superb spring-time evening.

I had hoped, (based on conditions around Helvellyn's higher slopes at the time), that there would have been a good amount of snow underfoot, but apart from the western slopes of Crag Hill, (towards Grasmoor), where there was good deep snow cover, the white stuff on this particular route was fairly patchy, and, as there was a general thaw under way, quite soft. Step-kicking was all that was needed to give a good purchase on steeper sections - so, although carried, there was no real need to make use of the ice-axe and crampons.

Starting from a roadside pull-in, adjacent to Stonycroft Bridge at Stair, I decided to take the most direct path up to Rowling End.
Quite a steep ascent, but height is gained quickly for the effort involved, and the extensive views begin to open out right from the very start.
Once on the ridge it was an easy stroll across Rowling End's flat(ish!) top towards Causey Pike - The very first Fell that I ever climbed in the Lake District, way back in 1970! - and which requires a nice if somewhat short rock scramble in order to gain its summit.

From Causey Pike it was onwards across Scar Crags, and then up the zig-zag path to Sail, before continuing on to the highest point of this ridge at Crag Hill summit. After a short break for a bite to eat and a drink, I then headed generally westwards towards Grasmoor, descending as far as the col, before turning northwards to continue the descent to Coledale Hause.

From Coledale Hause, it was onwards and upwards. with the ascent of Sand Hill and Hopegill Head, before turning eastwards, skirting the Hobcarton Crag ridge towards the final main fell of the day, Grisedale Pike. Then came the long descent over Sleet How and Kinn, down to Braithwaite village, before taking the fell-side footpath through the area of Braithwaite Lodge / Little Braithwaite, and the final leg along the road back to Stonycroft and the car.

GPS Track of the walk: -
#GPS Track - 1 to 50000 scale(1).jpg

And a few pics from the day: -
If you would like to see more of my photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=471 .

As UK Fungi's image grid view is tending to leave large spaces when image descriptions are included, I'll describe the six individual images here, in list form: -
Pic.1 - Looking up to Causey Pike from the start point of the walk, on the lower flanks of Rowling End, near Stonycroft Bridge.
Pic.2 - Looking across the vale of Keswick from the flanks of Rowling End to a snow capped Skiddaw massif.
Pic.3 - Nearing the flat ridge along Rowling End, and the head of Newlands valley comes into view - with the crags of Dale Head dominating the scene, and Great End just peeping out over Dalehead Tarn col.
Pic.4 - Looking across Robinson, to the "Lakeland Giants", from the summit plateau of Crag Hill.
On the horizon, from left to right, the photo shows: Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End, Ill Crag, Broad Crag, Scafell Pike, and Scafell. - With Great Gable and Kirk Fell in front of them, and, in turn, Haystacks in front of them.
Pic.5 - Crag Hill and Grasmoor, from the final slopes when approaching Grisedale Pike summit.
Pic.6 - Looking back to Sail and Crag Hill from Grisedale Pike summit ridge.

Regards,
Mike.
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02 Skiddaw.jpg
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03 Dale Head.jpg
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04 The Scafells etc..jpg
04 The Lakeland Giants.
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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Thu May 11, 2017 12:06 pm

The promise of fine weather, along with much less wind than we’ve had of late, saw me heading back to Great Langdale on Tuesday for another walk. This time I’d decided to do a “Mickleden Round”, taking in some of my favourite fells, and reacquainting myself with a couple of tops that I hadn’t visited in several years.

Starting from the National Trust (Stickle Ghyll) car park, I took the path up to Stickle Tarn, and then up the front of Pavey Ark's imposing crag-face via the superb scramble of "Jack’s Rake".
From Pavey Ark summit, onwards to Thunacar Knott, and then High Raise, followed by quite a lengthy “off-piste” descent to a small unnamed tarn at Stake Pass, marking the beginning of the ascents of Mansey Pike, Black Crags, and Rossett Pike.

From Rossett Pike, it was a short stroll to Angle Tarn, and then onwards in the direction of Esk Hause, before bearing off up to Ore Gap. From there, I scrambled upwards over rocky terrain to gain the ridge at Bowfell’s north summit – which gives spectacular views across to the Langdale Pikes and is also a superb vantage point for the awe-inspiring “Great Slab”.

Bowfell summit was my final peak of the day, before descending to Three Tarns Col, and then down The Band to Stool End Farm. A leisurely stroll along the footpath between the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and the Stickle Ghyll car park completed the walk.

GPS track of the walk: -
#GPS Track - 1 to 50000 scale1.jpg

And a few pics from the day. - (I'll describe the photos in list form below, to ensure that the thumbnails appear correctly as a block of nine).
Photo 1 - Looking up Stickle Ghyll - Tarn Crag on horizon at the right, and Harrison Stickle at left - (hiding behind the tree!).
The main Stickle Ghyll waterfall would normally be quite prominent in this view, but with little rain for several weeks, it had been reduced to not much more than a trickle.
Photo 2 - Stickle Tarn, with Pavey Ark beyond. To set foot on this group of rocks in the tarn would generally involve getting very wet! - But once again, evidence of less than average rainfall can be deduced from the low water level.
Photo 3 - A better climber than me! This photo doesn't do any justice to the angle of the shot - or the sheep's agility. The ledge it is standing on was very small, located some 20 vertiginous metres higher up the crag-face, and well above Jack's Rake!
Photo 4 - The huge "finger-like" chockstone, which has to be negotiated on the scramble up Jack's Rake.
Photo 5 - The western skyline from High Raise summit. - Bowfell, Esk Pike, The Scafell's, Great End. etc. - with Great Gable to the right.
Photo 6 - Esk Pike, Great End, and Great Gable, seen from the northern flanks of Bowfell after the ascent to Ore Gap.
Photo 7 - Bowfell's "Great Slab", with The Band falling away in middle distance, and Langdale valley beyond.
Photo 8 - Pike of Blisco as seen from Earing Crag area of The Band.
Photo 9 - An inquisitive Robin which accompanied me for a short time on the final leg of the walk. He was flitting from fence post to fence post alongside me, and repeatedly diving to the ground just behind where I'd walked. - Presumably picking up insects disturbed as I'd walked by.

If you would like to see more photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=488

Regards,
Mike.
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02 Pavey Ark.jpg
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03 Pavey Ark Sheep.jpg
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Post by adampembs » Sun May 14, 2017 1:35 pm

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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Post by Lancashire Lad » Tue May 16, 2017 12:23 pm

Cheers Adam!

Intentions of visiting the Rannerdale bluebells spectacle saw me back up in the Lake District on Sunday.
As ever though, I also wanted to get onto the high fells, and so, giving due consideration to prevailing weather conditions, decided to make Rannerdale Knotts and the bluebells the last part of a short-ish round walk, also taking in Grasmoor, Wandope, and Whiteless Pike.

Sunday morning began with much of northern Lakeland covered in low level cloud, with intermittent light rain showers. However, the forecast had suggested that the cloud should quickly lift, to give good sunny periods throughout the afternoon. Hence, with the Rannerdale bluebells being the primary reason for this visit, I decided to do the high tops first, leaving the bluebells for (hopefully!) the best of the day’s weather.

Parking up in one of Cinderdale Common’s small gravelly parking areas, I sat in the car until cloud level eventually cleared the top of Mellbreak, and then headed off up Lad Hows towards Grasmoor. My decision to wait a while paid off. – I only got caught by one very brief shower, and I could see the clouds visibly retreating as I gained height. By the time I’d got to about 2000ft., cloud was already lifting above Grasmoor summit. – It was going to be another great day on the tops!

A quick lunch break ensconced in Grasmoor’s summit cairn-cum-shelter, (out of the very strong and gusty wind up there!), was followed by an easy amble across to Wandope, and then onwards via Whiteless Edge to Whiteless Pike. Then down Whiteless Breast to the final hill of the day, Rannerdale Knotts via Low Bank. This was my first visit to Rannerdale Knotts summit, and I have to say, for its small stature, it’s a great little fell – with some nice craggy outcrops and some super views.

Then it was off downwards, back to valley level near Hause Point on Crummock Water. And then, before finally making my way back to the car, a leisurely wander amongst Rannerdale’s famous bluebells. - The objects of the annual spectacle which draws hundreds, if not thousands of visitors at this time of year to the lower flanks of the fells behind Rannerdale Farm. Photos can’t really do them justice, as the eye needs to constantly pan around the area to take them all in. Well worth the visit, and the perfect end to another great day in the Lakes!

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

And some pics from the day. (Again, I'll describe them in list form below, to ensure that the thumbnails appear properly in grid format).
Photo1 - Grasmoor, the first summit of the day. (Although this photo was taken from Rannerdale Knotts, towards the end of the walk).
Photo2 - Nearing Grasmoor summit, looking back down the Lad Hows ridge I'd just climbed. With Rannerdale Knotts more-or-less centre frame.
Photo3 - Rannerdale Knotts from Whiteless Breast, with the first good glimpse of the bluebells far below.
Photo4 - Fleetwith Pike and the Warnscale Area, taken looking back, when approaching Rannerdale Knotts summit.
Photo5 - Gateway to The Rannerdale Bluebells. - Taken from the footpath beside Rannerdale Farm.
Photo6 - Bluebells, bluebells, everywhere!
Photo7 - Looking up the High Rannerdale valley, with gorse in full bloom, and bluebells carpeting the valley floor.
Photo8 - Yet more bluebells! - (Just a shame that the foxglove growing from the tree trunk wasn't yet in bloom!).
Photo9 - Some of the stars of the show, taking their bow!

If you would like to see more photos from this walk, see: - https://www.walklakes.co.uk/talk/viewto ... ?f=2&t=489

Regards,
Mike.
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