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Wether Hill and Pikeawassa

Wether Hill and Pikeawassa

Postby richardkchapman » Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:29 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Steel Knotts, Wether Hill

Date walked: 04/11/2016

Time taken: 4.75

Distance: 9.5 km

Ascent: 623m

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After two non-walking days, today was our last day in the Lakes for this trip. The weather forecast was ok, though not great, and we decided to make a third attempt on Wether Hill, the previous two having been defeated by bad weather and running out of time. The plan was to drive to Martindale, up via the western flanks of Steel Knotts and Gowk Fell, and down via either Fusedale or Steel Knotts depending on weather conditions.

ImageParking at the church

We parked at the new church, partly because it kept the return route flexible and partly because it's a nice high starting point. We were hoping to be able to pick up the path from Martindale Old Church without having to drop right down to the valley.

ImageNice light across Ullswater

The light on the far shore of Ullswater was lovely.

ImageSandwick and autumn light

ImageThe sheep are waiting

But the weather on this side was deteriorating. Soon we were in full wet-weather gear.

ImageBeda Fell

Always nice to be able to look at where you walked earlier in the week...

ImagePikeawassa under the rainbow

The good thing about walking in the rain - lots of rainbows...

ImageInclement weather over The Nab

The bad thing about rainbows - it tends to be raining...

ImageDouble Rainbow

But the rainbows were spectacular.

ImageUllswater through the rainbow

Eventually the rain got heavy enough that the camera was put away, only to reappear once we reached the main High Street ridge and the weather improved.

ImageHigh Street ridge

ImageRoman road still in use

A little surprised to see vehicular traffic still using the old Roman road...

ImageApproaching the summit

It's not really clear where the summit of Wether Hill is, but this was one of the candidates...

ImageView from the top

ImageRainbow over Loadpot Hill

On the way up to the ridge we had taken a somewhat roundabout path, but there was at least a path which made the going easy. On the way down, we decided on a more direct approach - straight down the side of the hill towards our destination.

ImageThe route down

The gradient was just right (for going down - I wouldn't have wanted to come up this way) with easy grass tussocks underfoot.

ImageRainbow in Fusedale

More rainbows on the way down.

ImageWho needs paths

As we descended we saw some walkers coming up that seemed to decide that if we were coming down that way, it must be a good route. I didn't have a chance to correct them...

ImageBroken house

A lot of work must have gone into building this once - not sure why...

ImageLunch at the broken house

But it made a good spot for lunch.

ImageSnow in the distance

You can hardly tell in the photo but we spotted snow on the slopes of Helvellyn in the distance.


We opted for the route over Pikeawassa/Steel Knotts for the return - a very direct route back to the car.

ImageHallin Fell and the new church


ImageHowtown and Ullswater

Not ideal weather but still an enjoyable walk. Off to the Howtown Hotel for hot chocolate, then home.
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Re: Wether Hill and Pikeawassa

Postby ChrisW » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:55 pm

Another cracker RC, great light in those early photos and what an array of rainbows too, though as you rightly say it does mean it's raining :roll:
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