The sun continues to shine on the fells…
Published 26 June 2016
It has been another good week of outdoor activity. The weather was generally fine, the bracken is taller and the heather is greener making everywhere more pretty.
17 Jun; Cycling in Ennerdale
I packed my bike in the car and drove to Bowness Knott car park on Ennerdale Water. There is a six mile forest road closed to public motor vehicles and a return loop on the other side of the valley. My bike is a hybrid built for road use and occasional off-road use so not as strong as an out-and-out mountain bike but it stood the test although there was one point when I was going downhill faster than I wanted but terrified of braking on the loose gravel.
18 June; Buttermere Lake Circuit
Julie and I were up early on Saturday and just after 8am we were in Buttermere. The sun was out and the water was still, giving excellent photo opportunities. We walked round the lake on easy paths which took two and a half leisurely hours followed by bacon rolls in a café in Buttermere village.
Our timing was perfect as the cloud and breeze increased later in the day by which time I was at home watching the recording of England beating Australia in the second rugby test. What a match!
20 June; Dale Head, High Spy and Maiden Moor
As I climbed Dale Head from Honister the rain started and the mist grew; at the top I could see very little. Also walking that way was a young man called Rick who was on his way to Keswick. Despite our 30 year age difference he proved to be excellent company telling me about his training as a marine mechanic with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, his long term plans and his passion for climbing.
With the sun shining nicely I returned via High Spy spending some time by an attractive waterfall just below Dale Head Tarn.
21 June; Uldale
Honister is about 23 miles from home but on narrow and steep roads so the journey takes a good hour. There are also interesting walks to be done from home and David from church suggested this walk along an attractive valley a mile or so from Egremont. The path I followed was not on the map as a right of way but it was a delightful walk along the edge of the forest.
22 June; Whinlatter
Whinlatter Pass is home to a large centre for walking, cycling and the Go Ape tree top activity. The fell is not exceptional but it provided good views and the walk up through the forest paths was very pleasant. There was also the benefit of a nice coffee afterwards on the terrace café!
23 June; Green Crag and Harter Fell
Every week brings new treats and this week’s stars have to be these two fells which sit on the southern side of Eskdale. I parked at the Jubilee Bridge which will be recognised by many motorists as the start of the climb up to the Hardknott Pass; either in excitement, terror or relief, depending on their direction of travel.
Before climbing I walked along the valley path to the Doctor Bridge and then the path towards Green Crag. The area to the west is a high marshy plateau around High Birker Tarn surrounded by rocky outcrops of which Green Crag is the largest. The final stretch is a proper climb up the grass to a rocky summit. Great views on what was a hot and sunny day.
I could not see a clear path across the dip to the base of Harter Fell but the moss was dry enough make my way through the heather and cotton grass without getting my feet wet. The summit of Harter Fell consists of a series of rocky outcrops between 10 and 20 feet high. Great scrambling fun while I worked out which was higher.
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