A New Year holiday accommodated in "Westwood", Windermere, Cumbria, with five Family members.
Right - the lounge with one of my brothers taking full advantage of one of the enormous settees.
|Heads on Orrest Head above
|Lunch stop above the path leading to Latterborrow Fell near Hawkshead.||The Cairn on top of Latterborrow Fell.|
|On route to Troutbeck looking back to
|The Barn, Wain Lane, Troutbeck.|
The first walk we took was to High Sweden Bridge via Low Sweden Bridge. Shown here are the Pikes at the start of the Fairfield Horseshoe from the track alongside Stock Ghyll that leads back to Ambleside.
|John consulting his route card on Pike O'Stickle||Loft Crag viewed from Pike O'Stickle - not walked this time due to failing light but will be very much on the list for Sep 2005.||Myself and brother David (on the left) on top of Wansfell Pike.|
|Haweswater to Harter Fell via Riggindale Crags, High St & Mardale Ill Bell, a walk of about 6 miles and completed by myself and John the leader of Celebration Christian Fellowship Church in Grimsby.||The lower end of Riggindale Crags from Harter Fell and part of the path up.||Eagle and Heron Crag, the route is clear, it runs across the centre of the picture up past what appears to be the outline of a building. Then on the path continues close to the top of the ridge.|
|Long Stile after coming down off Rough Crag, we pass a small tarn (bottom right corner) and start the last of the climbs leading to High St and Racecourse Hill. It is the final 676 ft of the climb to reach the trig point on Racecourse Hill. Take care on the last hundred feet or so, there is a man-made scree slope, a bit like walking on marbles!||John taking a rest and a photo opportunity at the Trig Point on Racecourse Hill (2718 ft). In the background are the Fells immortalised by A. Wainwright as the Eastern Fells with Helvellen and Striding Edge along with the sharp peak of Catstycam standing out. (Some spellings of Catstycam differ, this one is Wainwright's).||From High St it is just under a mile to Mardale Ill Bell, John was fully protected from the 40 - 50 mph wind that was blowing at this point. At the height of 2496 ft we had a clear view to the Pennines.
|Down from Ill Bell we reach the shelter at the top of Nan Bield Pass and a welcome lunch and break from the wind.||The cairn on the summit of Harter Fell is reached after a climb of around 300 feet from the pass, this is the first of two cairns on Harter, the second is found by following the line of the fence North East. If you think that the first cairn is not very pretty wait until you see the second one!||The path from Harter Fell is not the best path I’ve walked on but you won’t go astray as you can see nearly all the way down back to Haweswater.|
|Our walk to, and the climb of Pike o’ Blisco is to going to be put in my favourites folder. The walk starts within a couple of hundred yards of Blea Tarn, framed by trees on ether side and the Langdale Pikes behind, eclipsed I believe by few if any other tarn. The hand drawn map shows a birds-eye view (or these days, a satellite's) of our route.||Five minutes walk from the car park and this is the sight that greets us. Blea Tarn is one of those places that you always mean to visit but never do because you’ve always doing something else. With me on this walk is my sister Kath, John her husband and my brother David. The weather at the end of June was hot and steamy.||Walking round the left side of Blea Tarn and the lower slopes of Blisco, we touch the Langdale Valley road before climbing further round the lower slope to join another path to begin the assault on the summit. Looking back and across as we get further along extends our view, the hump is Side Pike the termination of Lingmoor Fell, to the left of that are the lower slopes of the Langdales and the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel which can just be seen.|
|John is seen crossing the first of two notable gills running off the fell side. The Gills have carved out ravines with small waterfalls at their head.||A good place for a drinks break at the second ravine with it's gill running into Redacre Gill, with my sister drinking in the view. This is the start of the real climb, a mile of steps with varying degrees of steepness, the easiest of which is at this point.||David & Kath discussing the merits of the walk and view of Wall End Farm, the steepness of the path can be seen at this point.|
|The last few hundred feet, with John & Kath leading the way. It should be noted that there are two modest scrambles on this route, however we scaled them with ease.||The obligatory summit photo taken by John using his video camera. This cairn was at one time much taller going by Wainwright’s sketch in book 4 The Southern Fells, he described it as "a tall columnar cairn that can be viewed from the floor of Great Langdale valley below". Did it fall, or was it pushed? When A W revisited Langdale in 1959 he was dismayed to find that this magnificent cairn had been “beheaded”, “demolished” by human wreckers. His hope was that when walkers visit the cairn they would replace a stone and eventually rebuild it.||Leaving the top, something we do reluctantly, we take a south westerly route on a faint track towards the Wrynose Road.|
|The fierce heat of the afternoon sun ensures we take plenty of drinks breaks. The large rock to the right is perched 18 inches off the ground and could be used as a shelter as long as you don’t mind the 5 ton roof! The Fell in the background is Cold Pike - quite inviting today.||The Wrynose Pass and the way back to our start point.|
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