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Narrow ridge, Cave, & Swim - A Lake District Bonanza :)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:27 pm
by dooterbang
Six years ago a group of us walked these hills in Winter, finishing with views of a spectacular sunset :) However today would be a summer solo traverse followed by a drive to Rydal to visit the caves and finish my day with a nice swim in Rydal water. I'd chosen the Lakes as the weather was looking best here, now that the Scottish heatwave was coming to a close!

I would take in Birkhouse Moor, Birks, Dollywaggon Pike, Fairfield, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Seat Sandal, St Sunday Crag. Firstly starting with Helvellyn via Striding Edge, a very popular route. It wasn't too busy, but the weather was rather claggy for now...it would improve as the day went on.

Supported a Polish group along Striding Edge in parts, then chatted to more Polish folk at the summit of Helvellyn. From here the walk was very quiet and I only bumped into one other person, a young girl up from London who had been walking 3 days in a row..."just for exercise" she quipped :)

Always makes me smile...situated in someones garden at the start.
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Striding Edge
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Clearing up
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Looking back along the ridge
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A few Tarn & Ridge shots
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Walked the rest of the route without incident, enjoying the solitude :)

Final part of the walk
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Great views of Ullswater to finish the walk.
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Back at Glenridding I bought some ice cream and sat a while, I then drove 20 miles to Rydal. The sun was out in force now, and I was looking forward to the next little adventure 8)

Parked up at Rydal and quickly set off in the now blazing heat!

Rydal water soon came into view
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And it wasn't long before I found the caves...

From the outside
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From the inside
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After some time I took a wander before finding a quiet secluded spot for a swim

Nice spot
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Looking across the water
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The water was really cool and perfect for a swim
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It was very refreshing having a dip in the water, I felt pretty energized. Whilst sitting by the water I fed some ducks what food I had left, they appeared to enjoy it :)
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I had planned to stay for the sunset but I knew this wouldn't happen due to the cloud that had formed, and with the next days weather looking grim I decided to head home to Glasgow. Arrived back home around 10pm, very happy with my cross border raid 8) Definately have to visit and explore more of Rydal next time :)