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A nice Place to spend the night!

A nice Place to spend the night!


Postby Jaxter » Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:51 am

Wainwrights included on this walk: Place Fell

Hewitts included on this walk: Place Fell

Date walked: 19/09/2020

Time taken: 3.15

Distance: 8.37 km

Ascent: 577m

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Previous day - small but perfectly formed

After saying goodbye to both sets of parents in Langdale, we headed up the road towards Patterdale – it was really busy but a kind man arriving back to the car park on his bike said to give him 5 minutes and we could have his space. He also gave us his parking ticket which would last the rest of the day – faith in humanity was restored 8)

We decided we might as well use the bikes rather than leave them in the car park; just under a kilometre took us to the bottom of the Place Fell path. We locked the bikes up and headed up the path. It was roasting hot already 8)
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Looking down the glen to the Kirkstone Pass
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The path climbed gradually – it was slow going in the heat but the views across Ullswater were tremendous
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We reached the col where Malky cheerfully told me we’d done half the ascent. Given how knackered I was feeling I was rather hoping we’d done significantly more than half :lol:
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We could see the path ahead snaking up the mountain
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Now on the ridge we were exposed to the wind – it was breezier than we’d expected and it was cold! But the views back down were still impressive
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The path became steeper and rockier until at last we climbed out onto the summit ridge – the trig point ahead
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Now most of the ascent was over it was a relatively easy stroll over to the summit, where the views were truly fabulous 8)
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Looking down the ridge towards the tip of Ullswater
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Looking back to High Street, Stoney Cove Pike & Red Screes
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Summit of Place Fell
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Ullswater and Helvellyn
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It was relatively early and there were plenty of people around so we sat and enjoyed the views for a while. Around 6 we figured it was getting quieter so got the tent up 8)
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We managed to find a fairly sheltered spot for the tent, and also to get a cup of hot chocolate on. The sun was dropping – although it was beautiful at the moment it was going to get cold once it had set!
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The Mell Fells and Gowbarrow
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Lovely evening light on High Street
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We already had all our layers on :lol:
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Sun getting ready to drop down behind Helvellyn
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Looking down towards Ullswater
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Blencathra and Skiddaw peeking out
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High Street
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Stoney Cove Pike & Red Screes
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The sun disappears
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With the sun gone, there was a small amount of bouncy light on the hills. But now it was cold and we had run out on sun!
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The light was gone so we went into the tent to warm up a bit. After a while I poked my head out to see if I could use the trig point as a tripod…not total success but better than expected in the wind!
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We could see various lights on the hills – either walkers coming down late or people camping
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Penrith
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The big dipper
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The Milky Way (a bit rubbish but wind and no tripod don’t exactly help :lol: )
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I poked my head out the next morning and there was no sunrise happening. The cloud had rolled in in the east and it was sitting on the hills.
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We went back to sleep for a while before people started arriving and we figured we had better get the tent down. The cloud had cleared off the main tops and it was getting warmer!
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There was still an impressive blanket of cloud on the High Street ridge
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We enjoyed some breakfast and packed things up before enjoying the views again
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We decided to head down the wee path that dropped off the front of Place Fell as it would give us some views of Ullswater. Malky led the way
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The path was largely in the shade initially, and a bit slippery. We took care and managed to stay on our feet as well as keeping them dry!
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The views of Ullswater were worth it 8)
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The boats were busy on Ullswater
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As we dropped lower, Sheffield Pike stood out more
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The path became steeper and rockier before eventually dropping onto the main path which was a bit easier to walk on
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Unfortunately the path wasn’t quite as flat as it looked on the map :lol:
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We stopped to top up our water bottles in a beautifully cold burn. Then it was a short walk along the “flat” path
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Back at the bikes it was a couple of minutes cycle around to the car, where we loaded everything up and stopped at the post office for a cup of tea and bacon sandwich. Yum 8)

Next day - Doddering about

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Last edited by Jaxter on Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: A nice Place to spend the night!

Postby cparky3 » Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:56 am

Beautiful photos! It does indeed look like a great Place to camp!
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