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One man and his dog

One man and his dog


Postby johnkaysleftleg » Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:19 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Angletarn Pikes, Beda Fell, Birkhouse Moor, Dollywaggon Pike, Helvellyn, Latrigg, Nethermost Pike, Place Fell, Scafell Pike

Hewitts included on this walk: Broad Crag, Dollywaggon Pike, Helvellyn, Ill Crag, Place Fell, Scafell Pike

Date walked: 12/04/2014

Distance: 48 km

Ascent: 3361m

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DAY ONE

A 4 AM start is never easy but It is something I'm fairly used to given my photography obsession. This time however the reason was dropping off Nicola and Grace at Newcastle airport for a weekend in Paris. Hugs and kisses over with I returned to the car containing Hughie the Westie and headed off over the A69. My initial plan for the weekend was to get some photos of sunrise over Hadrian's Wall but an unpromising forecast turned into a gray dull dawn and as a result I ended up drinking my flask of tea at Steel Rigg car park and no more.

As a result of the lack of time spent at the wall I turned up at Sandwick really quite early and had the chance of a little nap waiting for Jimmy, the only fellow walkhighlander I expected to meet today. Sure enough Jimmy arrived on time and following introductions, suited and booted we set off on a blustery overcast morning. As forecast the cloud lowered and the rain started and didn't let up for the duration of the walk. This combined with a fierce wind made conditions difficult at times but the excellent company more than made up for it meaning that overall it was still an enjoyable day. Not many pics I'm afraid, just a couple with my phone.

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Hughie looking unimpressed on Place Fell


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An all too brief burst of light over Sheffield Pike



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Typically the clouds parted around tea time so I headed out again for the very short wander up Latrigg to try and nab some photos of the sunset. It was very windy that made things tricky but I still managed a few shots I was happy with.

ImageRays over Blencathra by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageLakeland Evening by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageKeswick from Latrigg by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageLatrigg Sunset by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr


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DAY TWO

A far more acceptable start time than yesterday saw me trundling down to Ullswater for the main day of the meet. The weather certainly looked more promising than yesterday but still with plenty of wind and cloud. Soon enough every body who had stated their intention to attend turned up and our party of eight humans and two dogs set off up Grisedale. Initially the cloud was down on the tops of the Helvellyn ridge but as we made our way up this wonderful lakeland valley it lifted above the summits. I've never walked up Grisedale before but with St Sunday Crag rearing up at one side and the Scalloped Helvellyn ridge on the other it makes for a magnificent walk in.

ImageJust past Lanty's Tarn by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageOn the way up Grisedale by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageLooking up Ruthwaite Cove by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

We paused at the Ruthwaite Climbing lodge for a bite to eat before starting the steep ascent to the first target of the day in the shape of Dollywaggon Pike. I've been up Dollywaggon before but when climbed from this direction via its east ridge, also known as the tongue, it's a completely different fell with a real sense of occasion upon reaching the summit.

ImageLooking down Grisedale by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageCofa Pike and Fairfield by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageCock Cove by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageNethermost Pike and Striding Edge by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageNearing the top of Dollywaggon Pike by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageSt Sunday Crag from the top of the Tongue by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

The most noticeable thing about getting to the top was the wind which was blowing strongly from the west. This didn't pose any problems for the easy amble up to Helvellyn summit via Nethermost Pike but was raising concerns about the proposed descent via Striding Edge. A conflab ensued with the outcome being that as people where standing on the crest of the ridge it couldn't be that bad so off we set, apart from Jimmy and Darren that is who decided to bag Catstycam via Swirral Edge.

ImageCatstycam and Striding Edge by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageCatstycam and Red Tarn by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageRed Tarn and Striding Edge by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

Our reading of conditions was spot on and the wind dropped immediately upon leaving the summit, sheltered by the main mass of the mountain. I wasn't sure just how I would react to the exposure on the edge but in all honesty it wasn't that bad and I found Striding Edge to be great fun and very atmospheric with the clag now hovering just above.

ImageAtmospheric by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageStriding Edge by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

Excitement over we headed off to find a shivering Jimmy and Darren at the hole in the wall before the simple trek to a very windy Birkhouse Moor. A few group shots and we were off to the pub for a pint and a chinwag. A great day was had by all and I'd like to thank Jimmy, Darren, Pam, Trudie, Emily, Simon, Richard and of course Charlie the dog for joining me on Hughie on this fine route up and down Helvellyn. Hopefully there will be a next time.

ImageClag on the Edge by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageUllswater from Birkhouse Moor by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageHughie on Birkhouse Moor by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageLakes Meet up Spring 2014 by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr


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DAY THREE

With the forecast looking exceptional for Monday my only problem was where to walk :think: I toyed with the idea of a cross border raid to do the Hart Fell horseshoe but decided to stay in the Lakes. With Jimmy planing on a Kentmere Round and Richard thinking of the Coledale Horseshoe both these options where tempting but I eventually stumped for climbing Scafell Pike via Grains Gill returning by the corridor route. This meant I would be able to bag a couple of Hewitts in the shape of Ill and Broad crags without bagging anymore Wainwrights without Grace and Nicola.
The forecast turned out to be spot on and it was a blissful cool but sunny morning at Seathwaite as me and Hughie set off up towards Stockley Bridge. Once this was passed the ascent started in earnest and the last two days where weighing heavy on my legs. Hughie on the other hand was full of beans and getting frustrated by my frequent photo stops but even he was happy to have a snack overlooking Sprinkling Tarn. I was alone for quite a while at this wonderful place that is full of atmosphere. To my left loomed the tremendous North face of Great End where my family's Lakeland odyssey should come to a conclusion in around 18 months time.

ImageStarting out by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageStockley Bridge by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageGreat End by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageRed Rock White Water by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageLooking back down Grains Gill by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

The steady climb continued up to Esk Hause, with the impressive Esk Pike looking tempting, and up onto the boulder strewn plateau of Scafell Pike. Finally England's Highest Point came into view but on the way I diverted towards the Hewitt of Ill Crag. Quite why this top isn't a Wainwright is a mystery that will never be solved, with a fine profile from Eskdale and a decent amount of re-ascent from neighboring fells It's hard to explain the omission. It becomes barely forgivable once the truly stunning summit view of Great Moss and Eskdale is taken into account.

ImageThe Langdales by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageLingmell by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageGreat Gable by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageThe Pike finally comes into view by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageIll Crag View by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

Next in line was perhaps the roughest summit in the district, Broad Crag. Although the top lies just around 50 meters from the main path it's an awkward scramble over large boulders until the summit plinth is reached.

ImageThe Pike from Broad Crag by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

The final pull up to Scafell Pike looked like hard work from here but perhaps it was the relief of exiting the boulder field that saw my fairly romp up (for me :lol: ) towards the roof of England. As I approached the summit with it's inevitable throng I remembered reading that the South summit had great views and very few people so I veered off and had lunch at this breathtaking spot over looking Eskdale with many of England's greatest mountains seen beautifully.

ImageHughie sticking his tongue out by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageGreat Moss by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageBowfell and Ill Crag by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageScafell by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr
ImageEskdale Panorama by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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ImageEngland's Highest Dog by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

It was while descending towards the Lingmell Col that I noticed Hughie somewhat lagging behind. I though at the time it was just the stones on the path so he got himself a bit of a carry down to the col but even then he continued to move slowly. Although he was better on grass I think a case of sore paws was being exacerbated by a bit of a pull in one of his back legs.

ImageContrasts by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageGreat Gable and Styhead by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageTop of Piers Gill by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

This made for a slow way down with a fair few carries but even a wee Westie gets heavy after a while. Things where not helped by me missing the arrows signifying the correct way and dropping down very loose and steep ground for around 100 meters before realizing something was amiss :roll: :oops:

ImageLingmell and Piers Gill by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageDoh! by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

Once I corrected my mistake the way was easy all the way back to Seathwaite including stopping to admire Styhead tarn for a while. It was still steady going with Hughie struggling and I must admit to the shine being taken off the day as I was a bit concerned about him. (Hughie had made a full recovery by Tuesday Evening meaning I can look back on the walk a lot more fondly now)

ImageLooking down to Wasdale by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageGreat End and Styhead Tarn by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

This route quite rightly is considered a classic with great variety and visits to some of the most stunning parts of the district. On a day like this it was a truly wonderful walk to undertake with the views from Ill Crag and the south summit of Scafell Pike being some of the best I've seen anywhere. A fitting conclusion to an excellent but tiring weekend.


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Re: One man and his dog

Postby clivegrif » Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:22 am

That looked like a great trip! Decent weather (apart from day 1....) amongst some of Lakelands finest mountains, what more could you ask for?

Great pictures as ever, and I hope little Hughie's putting his feet up after all that exertion.
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Re: One man and his dog

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:05 pm

clivegrif wrote:That looked like a great trip! Decent weather (apart from day 1....) amongst some of Lakelands finest mountains, what more could you ask for?

Great pictures as ever, and I hope little Hughie's putting his feet up after all that exertion.


Certainly was Clive, two of the best walks I've ever done. Both me and Hughie have had a lazy week and the little fella is fine now. Back to the hills soon hopefully.
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Re: One man and his dog

Postby mrssanta » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:19 pm

looks lovely. glad to hear that Hughie is fine.
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Re: One man and his dog

Postby Ibex » Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:42 pm

As soon as I saw 48km on the walk distance, my immediate thought was 'poor Hughie and his little legs'.
Looks like a lovely was to celebrate, I mean commiserate the going away of your missus and kid.

More wonderful photo's. The one of the Langdales and the Piers Gill one in particular are brilliant.
The moody Striding Edge shot is great too, as well as the variated light over the various ridges. Great stuff!

Hope Hughie recovers well. He's got a few left to complete yet. :lol:
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Re: One man and his dog

Postby simon-b » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:40 pm

A memorable trip, Anthony. I'm glad you were impressed with The Tongue and Striding Edge. That looked like an excellent day on Scafell Pike. I was impressed by the way Hughie's four little legs hopped over the boulders going up Dollywaggon. Maybe those on Scafell Pike were a few too many. I'm glad he seems better. Emily, Pam and Trudie enjoyed the company on Helvellyn, and we all hope there'll be a next time.
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Re: One man and his dog

Postby ChrisW » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:10 am

Wow, that's some going JK. Fantastic photos as always but the winner has to be stolen by Hughie sticking his tongue out ....was he trying to tell you something :lol:
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Re: One man and his dog

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:07 am

mrssanta wrote:looks lovely. glad to hear that Hughie is fine.


Thanks Mrs S

Ibex wrote:As soon as I saw 48km on the walk distance, my immediate thought was 'poor Hughie and his little legs'.
Looks like a lovely was to celebrate, I mean commiserate the going away of your missus and kid.

More wonderful photo's. The one of the Langdales and the Piers Gill one in particular are brilliant.
The moody Striding Edge shot is great too, as well as the variated light over the various ridges. Great stuff!

Hope Hughie recovers well. He's got a few left to complete yet. :lol:


Cheers Ibex, Hughie is now on 139 fells with just a few walks needed for him to catch up.

simon-b wrote:A memorable trip, Anthony. I'm glad you were impressed with The Tongue and Striding Edge. That looked like an excellent day on Scafell Pike. I was impressed by the way Hughie's four little legs hopped over the boulders going up Dollywaggon. Maybe those on Scafell Pike were a few too many. I'm glad he seems better. Emily, Pam and Trudie enjoyed the company on Helvellyn, and we all hope there'll be a next time.


It certainly was Simon, I think your right that It was just a bit too much for him, that said he looked far fitter going up that I did :lol: . Mrs Leftleg is quite jealous of the meet up even though she had a great time in Paris so I think she'll be along the next time something is arranged.

ChrisW wrote:Wow, that's some going JK. Fantastic photos as always but the winner has to be stolen by Hughie sticking his tongue out ....was he trying to tell you something :lol:


Thanks Chris, Hughie doesn't pose often but when he does they tend to be good'uns. You should see the half a dozen blurred pics of him not staying still before I got that one :D
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Re: One man and his dog

Postby Sarah86 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:44 pm

Wonderful set of photos as usual and it looks like you made the most of the days where the weather wasn't at its best. I always have a soft spot for photos of dogs on the hills and love the shot of Hughie sticking his tongue out. Had a nice few days away in the Lakes myself last week but as always when I return I am itching to go back :lol:
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Re: One man and his dog

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:51 pm

Sarah86 wrote:Wonderful set of photos as usual and it looks like you made the most of the days where the weather wasn't at its best. I always have a soft spot for photos of dogs on the hills and love the shot of Hughie sticking his tongue out. Had a nice few days away in the Lakes myself last week but as always when I return I am itching to go back :lol:


Thanks Sarah, for once Hughie posed quite well on a few occasions. The weather was fine for the Sunday and Monday was glorious. Less said about Saturdays weather the better :lol:
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