Well its nearly a month since I came up for the marathon 3 week trip and I have done very little walking since then and I can feel my hill fitness draining away. The snow had certainly fell on the tops and I had come prepared with some new slip on spikes and plenty of warm kit should I need it.
The plan was to take in 4 fells today Kentmere Pike, Shipman Knotts, Harter Fell and Ill Bell but due to weather and me not feeling 100% I had to miss out Ill Bell which is a pain as I will have to come back up and do that one on it’s own.
As you can see from the picture there was plenty of snow down and I had forgot how much difference it made a lot tougher than i can remember from last year
Parked up just past the cattle grid on the right before the main path and followed this up to the summit of Shipman Knotts then a long simple track onto Kentmere Pike and finally Harter Fell. By this time the weather had seriously changed and I donned the new spikes and made a rapid descent via the shelter and decided to give Ill Bell a miss the snow was coming down pretty heavy so it was back to the car and hotel to get warmed up….
These 3 take my tally to 145/214 so I am still in with a chance of completing all the Wainwrights for my 50th in April
Kentmere Pike View
Kentmere Pike Route
My final day after nearly 3 weeks up here in which I have had glorious weather. Despite loving it I am ready for home and a break. I have lost nearly 2 stone in the last 4-5 weeks and have not been this fit for a long time.
My final assent is St Sunday Crag via Arnison Crag & Birks. After parking on the main road the route was pretty easy to follow up to Arnison Crag but thereon it got decidedly worse as the weather rolled in and reduced visibility to virtually nothing all the way up to the summit of St Sunday Crag so unfortunately I got no decent shots from up there
Back home !!!
St Sunday Crag Route
As I am coming to the end of my 2 1/2 weeks up in the Lakes today I have done my biggest walk for as long as I can remember !!
Starting at Hartsop I took in 10 Fells over 20km & 1300 metres of assent !!!!
Parking in Hartsop assended up to Brock Crags, skirted round Rest Dood to take in The Nab (be aware this is some of the boggiest ground I have encountered in the Lakes) Coming back from The Nab I took in Rest Dodd over to The Knott and then it was relatively easy to take in Rampsgill Head, Kidsty Pike & High Raise. From here still felt very fresh so carried on up to High Raise and around Thornthwaite Crag (The first Fell I have done twice) and back down via Gray Crag.
I was knackered by the time I had finished but it was well worth it to bag 10 Fells !!!!
View From Rampsgill Head
High Street Route
Really starting to feel fit now after 2 solid weeks at this. This is a long one taking in Blea Rigg, Sergeant Man, High Raise, & back via Tarn Crag. Another cold but beautiful day in fact been here over 2 weeks and have not been rained of once !!!
Parked up in Grasmere and too the route up via Sour Milk Gill and took the obvious path up to Blea Rigg after Easedale Tarn. A bit of a slog after this up to Sergeant Man and then a long haul across boggy ground to High Raise and a simple route back down via Tarn Crag.
This was a somewhat long route for me of about 14km
Tarn Crag View
Sergeant Man Route
Having moved now from Keswick for my final week down to Ambleside I was back to walking on my own today as my mates have gone back home now. Been looking forward to this route for a while and the plan was Cold Pike & Crinkle Crags from Wrynose Pass but in the end I ended up tagging Bowfell onto it as well as I was going pretty strong
Parking was easy at Wrynose Pass and this took a few 100 meters of the assent. The path up is pretty clear and easy to follow until Crinkle Crags. Once I had summited here still felt good and decided to take in Bowfell as well which was a stretch but I made it pretty easy. The view from the summit of Bowfell was great for about 10 mins and Lakeland weather did not fail as within 15 mins of being able to see 30+ miles visability had come down to about 20 feet it was unbelievable.
Coming back down was very very tough and despite having the GPS I managed to spend an hour wandering around having no clue where I was. It wasn’t until I fully trusted the GPS that found my way back onto the main path !!!
A good route but very challenging on the navigation
Crinkle Crag View
Crinkle Crags Route
With the benefit of having 2 vehicles we picked a long linear walk today. Parking on the main road (plenty of room) at Wanthwaite Bridge we started a very tough assent of Clough Head, if I’m honest this assent was tougher than Blencathra but it was good to get it out of the way as once we gained the altitude a lot of this route was striding out.
The route comprised of Clough Head, Great Dodd, Watsons Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, Whiteside, and then back down to the 2nd car we had parked in the large lay-by just past Thirlspot Farm. Although not raining today the weather was pretty brutal with the wind and mist up on the tops as you can see with the video !! Very long and tough walk but bagged 6 fells on this one !!!
Clough Head Route
Well I have been saving this one for a while now until my 2 Munro bagging mates came up to do it with me and todays the day they have come up for a few days hiking. The plan was to do this via Sharp Edge but I am very wary due to my fear of heights and would not attempt this on my own.
Parked down via the pub on the A66 and came up the usual path which is easy to follow and then started assent of Sharp Edge …. Got about 1/2 way along it before I decided it wasn’t for me. The stone was very wet and slippery and I just did not feel comfortable. I love the fells but they are not worth killing myself for so I turned back and then went up the very clear path opposite the tarn. By the time I summited one of the others had turned back and followed me so it was reassurning to know that the conditions were not right even for the Munro baggers.
The descent we did via Halls Fell Ridge & it was superb with fantastic weather coming down with some stunning views. We followed the path along until we got to Doddick Farm and for some smart reason the farmer has blocked off what is a clear right of way and tried to divert everyone up the hill. I don’t take kindly to this and refuse to be put off by any farmer so I broke down the barricade he had erected and carried on our legal right of way
A great final Northern Fell though and I will return to do Sharp Edge in the summer !!
Sharp Edge Blencathra
Just planned on 2 for today Great Crag & Grange Fell….. Parked up at Watendlath quite a large car park so no problems here. The path is very clear coming out of Watendlath and its a simple job of following it out past the tarn. Once Great Crag is done make sure you stick to the path going across to Grange Fell as I didn’t and my feet got completely drenched !!!! Once you have done Grange Fell just follow the path back down to Watendlath.
View From Great Crag
Great Crag Route
Starting to crank it up a little now !! Today I did a 10km round with 5 peaks starting at Bonscale Pike up to Arthurs Pike a long trek to Loadpot Hill then Wether Hill finishing off at Steel Knotts and then off the end of Steel Knotts back to the car parked at Howtown….
Weather was quite misty for this one no rain but poor viability. Parked up next to the reservoir and then straight up the path.
Arthurs Pike Video
Bowscale Fell Route
Second Fell of a glorious day still suffering from blister …… After doing Gowbarrow Fell in the morning drove down and did Raven Crag in the afternoon. Its relatively straightforward this one and parking is very easy in the car park with the start of the path directly opposite the car park.
The views from the top of here are excellent
View From Raven Crag
Raven Crag Route