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Riding my luck Green Crag

Riding my luck Green Crag


Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:43 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Green Crag

Date walked: 16/05/2021

Time taken: 3.75

Distance: 9.3 km

Ascent: 619m

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So a week in Lakeland for the first time in what is actually years. With Nicola still marching on with her PHD and Grace still nursing a dodgy knee I was to be granted a free pass to bag some hills on my tod. Hopes were we would have a couple of family outings and were initially considering the Sunday for a bimble up Harter Fell. The forecast changed however with the Monday looking far more amenable so it was just Hughie and I who set off from our cottage situated a couple of miles from Sellafield (kept the price reasonable :D ) for deepest darkest Eskdale and a walk up Green Crag.
The forecast promised rain and when we got out the car at the Woolpack it was certainly quite dark and with a light drizzle.

Unsurprisingly the Woolpack is now charging for parking (£5 for 4 hours £7 all day). Can't say I blame them to be honest, I'd rather this fantastic hostelry remained open rather than went to the wall in the current financial climate, I would like to think most people would feel the same way. I chatted a little to a couple who were also climbing Green Crag in the car park, we would meet again on the summit and they would be the only other people me and Hughie would see all walk.

With full expectation of a good soaking I set off with waterproof trousers on but as the rain was currently very light I left my jacket off until needed as it was also feeling quite close and humid. By the time I was on the peat road, not only had the rain stopped, but the sun was shining brightly making it hot work as there was not a breath of wind going up the path.

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The River Esk from Doctor Bridge

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Starting to brighten up above Low Birker

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Goat Crag

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Blue Skies on the way up the Peat Road

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...and a glorious view back to upper Eskdale

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The ruin on the Peat Road

By the time we got to the ruined hut I decided we would try to stay high rather than use the wet path by Low Birker Tarn, this was a tactic that largely paid off and I caught up the couple from the Woolpack on the final pull up to the summit, still largely in bright sunshine and still very warm and humid. This was more than could be said for other areas of the Lakes with ominous clouds in just about every direction, particularly towards Wasdale which looked to be getting a really good soaking.

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Staying high to avoid the wet ground

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Green Crag comes into view

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Not quite so sunny over that way

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Raining beyond Devoke Water

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Mixed weather over upper Eskdale

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Cook Crag from the way up Green Crag

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...and some nice light on Cook Crag from higher up

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Closing in on Harter Fell

I lunched on the summit in the sunshine, watching the weather all around, marvelling as to just how lucky I had struck. Another little chat with the couple from the Woolpack was had before I set off to grab the other Birketts of Green Crag.

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Green Crag summit

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Looks like it's tipping down in Wasdale

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Looking West from Green Crag

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...and to the weather to the North

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Hughie being a good boy

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Harter Fell and Green Crag summit

There is an old saying, 'fail to plan, plan to fail', and this was to be proven on the remainder of this walk. In my head there were just two other Birketts on Green Crag, the first was obvious in the shape of Cook Crag so off I diddled and quickly attained the fine summit (better than Green Crag for me) via a short easy scramble. Following this and eyeing up the increasingly grim looking conditions to the North I headed off for Kepple Crag with the thought of, 'it's somewhere over there' in my head. My somewhat 'laissez faire' attitude to navigation did eventually get me to Kepple Crag, via an un-named 409m lump but missed out entirely the rather oddly chosen and quite innocuous Great Whinscale. :roll:

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On the way to Cook Crag

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Looking back to Green Crag from the start of the scramble up Cook Crag

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Harter Fell again

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Ominous weather from the summit of Cook Crag

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...and with added dog

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And another from Cook Crag summit

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Towards upper Eskdale

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Typical terrain

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Scafells getting engulfed

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Conditions becoming more moody

By the time we reached Kepple Crag the sunshine had departed and the skies had become rather gloomy so we didn't linger and headed off to try and link up with our outward route. Thankfully the ground wasn't too wet and the inevitable rain held off until the peat road was reached when the heavens opened in great big droplets that made me thankful of having still kept my water proof trousers on.

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Bit Gloomy on Kepple Crag

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Hughie refusing to say cheese on Kepple Crag

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Last shot before the rain arrived

All in all, despite missing a top and getting a bit wet, this was a great start to the week. :D


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Last edited by johnkaysleftleg on Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:10 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Riding my luck Green Crag

Postby Jim777 » Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:08 am

Some really excellent photos capturing the mood of the weather. Well done 👏👏
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Re: Riding my luck Green Crag

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:11 pm

Jim777 wrote:Some really excellent photos capturing the mood of the weather. Well done 👏👏


Thanks Jim, Most kind.
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Re: Riding my luck Green Crag

Postby Alteknacker » Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:56 pm

Stunning pics, as ever.

And just goes to show that one doesn't need to get especially elevated to get superb views of the hills.
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Re: Riding my luck Green Crag

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:20 pm

Alteknacker wrote:Stunning pics, as ever.

And just goes to show that one doesn't need to get especially elevated to get superb views of the hills.


Cheers Alte, helps when you're in Eskdale, the place is wonderful.
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Re: Riding my luck Green Crag

Postby trailmasher » Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:50 pm

Another great walk and with some very moody photos Anthony :clap: also a great way to go. Nearly identical to when I did it a couple or three years ago with the old peat road an excellent access to the fells :)
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Re: Riding my luck Green Crag

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:36 pm

trailmasher wrote:Another great walk and with some very moody photos Anthony :clap: also a great way to go. Nearly identical to when I did it a couple or three years ago with the old peat road an excellent access to the fells :)


Thanks TM, far better than splodging across from the Birker Fell Road, great views of Eskdale on the way up.
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