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by The English Alpinist » Sun Mar 13, 2016 6:06 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Great Carrs, Green Crag, Grey Friar, Hard Knott, Harter Fell (Southern Fells), Swirl How
Hewitts included on this walk: Grey Friar, Harter Fell (Southern Fells), Swirl How
Date walked: 23/01/2016
Time taken: 8
Distance: 25 km
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Leg 22 of my Wainwrights in Winter campaign. The forecast was once again 'questionable', but at least was not supposed to rain. I'd made a hash of the Coniston fells lately, taking 3 bites at them so far. However, with some inspired route-planning I realised I could tag the remaining 3 onto this walk, which was originally only meant to be Hard Knott - Harter - Green Crag. It made a rather long day of 2 halves, either side of Dunnerdale. This was one of the remotest valleys I've ever driven into (the 'backdoor' to the Coniston fells, as it were), and I had thoughts of jacking the whole enterprise in before even starting to walk. There was intimidating low cloud everywhere, and Seathwaite Tarn, although beautiful (on a good day), seemed one heck of a lonely place. Rain and sleet made Swirl How, Great Carrs and Grey Friar jobs to get done and out of. I took the obligatory photos of the Great Carrs crash site: extremely atmospheric in these conditions.
Hard Knott was 'okay', in and out of mist with the rain at least stopped, and the trek to Harter was a swampy chore. The summit itself was a true mountain, though, dramatic rocky outcrops and bleak and windy. On the last of the day, Green Crag, the creeping clouds made for stunning visions. I was pretty relieved to get through the lower forests before light went, and delighted to emerge exactly at the car park. A good job done, salvaging hope for the complete campaign. I took a kind of satisfaction in the fact it started to pour down only I was driving out of Dunnerdale, safe and dry behind the windscreen. I won't be returning in a hurry, not in winter at any rate.
by ChrisW » Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:39 am
There's some hard graft in that for a winter day TEA...rather you than me Like the atmospheric "one of the summits" shot
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