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Mop up round the Lakes

Mop up round the Lakes


Postby Broggy1 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:52 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Binsey, Ling Fell, Sale Fell

Date walked: 31/12/2017

Time taken: 3.3

Distance: 20.27 km

Ascent: 1169m

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New Years Eve and the forecast is for gale forced winds and some rain. I was heading up to my parents at Appleby for New Year so seemed as good a chance as any for a bit of a mop up of some lower heights.

Firstly Sale Fell and Ling Fell from the Bassenthwaite side via Wythop Woods. Longer than the usual approach from Wythop Mill - allowing me to appreciate these two pleasant hills more than I did on the first visit.


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1 Wythop Woods.JPG
Starting out through Wythop Woods


2 Ling Fell ahead.JPG
Out of the woods now with Ling Fell in view


3 Sale Fell near summit.JPG
But firstly it's Sale Fell. Nice grassy hill this with good paths.


4 Skiddaw from Sale Fell.JPG
A largely snow stripped Skiddaw from Sale Fell. Absolutely blowing a gale here so I wouldn't want to be up there!


5 LIng Fell.JPG
Ling Fell ahead


6 Watch Hill.JPG
Watch Hill where I will be later on


7 Ling Fell.JPG
A short, steep pull brings me to the Trig on Ling Fell


Next up was the Marilyn of Watch Hill. Couldn't imagine I'd ever drive all the way to Cockermouth just for this hill so adding it on to today made sense.

Muddy at some of the gateways of the field paths but otherwise a very easy stroll to a couple of outlying summits and the Marilyn itself.

I imagine when the mud dries this makes a lovely evening summer walk/run.


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8 Watch Hill.JPG
Watch Hill from the parking spot


9 Summit.JPG
The Marilyn Summit is also the Wainwright summit of Setmurthy Common and is right by the fence. You climb the other outlying top of Watch Hill on the way up.


10 Moody LD.JPG
Lake District looking moody


11 Descent.JPG
Descent is the same way - easy and pleasant


There was enough light left to include Binsey. Not even half hour up and down from Binsey Cottage and a real joy.

The winds had eased a bit here and the sun came out to make this the most pleasant top of the day and a fitting way to end another great year on the fells.

Not many targets for 2018 really. Just to keep getting out and climbing hills. Maybe bag a few new Marilyns here and there and make a few more inroads to Wales and Scotland.

Just 4 Wainwrights (2 walks) left for what's been a lazy second round so there is that also.


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12 Binsey ahead.JPG
Bisney ahead. Every step a joy on this route.


13 Trig.JPG
Trig Point


14 Skiddaw from Trig.JPG
There's Skiddaw again


15 Overwater and Caldbeck Fells.JPG
Over Water and the Caldbeck Fells.
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