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Great Crag and Ullscarf

Great Crag and Ullscarf

Postby richardkchapman » Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:29 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Great Crag, Ullscarf

Hewitts included on this walk: Ullscarf

Date walked: 24/10/2018

Time taken: 5.75

Distance: 12.18 km

Ascent: 614m

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We realised with 2 days to go of our trip to the lakes that it would be possible to complete the last of my remaining unclimbed fells from the Central Fells, if we did two today and two tomorrow (stronger walkers would probably do all four in a single walk). So the plan for today was Great Crag, and then weather permitting on to Ullscarf, from Watendlath.

ImageWatendlath Tarn

We parked again at Watendlath - it's a lovely spot to start a walk from, with all sorts of benefits - a good car park, a lovely drive to get there, and several hundred feet of ascent already done.

ImageFootbridge at Watendlath

The walk set off round the far side of Watendlath Tarn, via a very picturesque footbridge.

ImageLooking back at Watendlath

ImageSetting off up the track

The gradients started pretty gently, along a farm track with walls on both sides, then through a gate into an area marked on Wainwright as "Bog Myrtle", with signs imploring the walker to stay on the path to avoid disturbing the habitat.

ImageThrough the Bog Myrtle

There were stones laid all along this path to make traversing the bogs much easier. The path soon reached another wall then a short ascent to the summit.

ImageGreat Crag summit

ImageGreat Crag summit view

ImageGreat Crag summit

After Great Crag we headed down to Dock Tarn - very pretty.

ImageDock Tarn

ImageDock Tarn

ImageDock Tarn

ImageThe pathless way ahead

From Dock Tarn it was a case of trying to find a good route cross-country towards Low Saddle - we hoped to pick up a proper path again there. The cloud was low but there were occasional views, both of the lakes below and of the destination ahead.

ImageDerwent Water

ImageBlea Tarn

We never did find a path at Low Saddle, but eventually did locate one at High Saddle. From there there was a reasonable path all the way to the summit of Ullscarf.

Although getting across the fence was a bit hairy. The broken stile was best ignored completely.

ImageBroken Stile

And instead it was easier to get over the fence at the corner.

ImageThe way over the fence

Soon we reached the summit of Ullscarf - unfortunately something of an anticlimax with the view obscured by low cloud.

ImageUllscarf Summit

ImageUllscarf Summit

On the descent we thought we'd be on a reasonable path all the way down, but sadly the path disappeared abruptly at the summit of Low Saddle. Still in the mist, it wasn't easy to pick out any path below so it was a question of truting the general direction from the GPS to try to find Lord's How, which Wainwright claimed the path passed close to.

We did eventually pick up a quad-bike track at Lord's How, which took us fairly directly back to Watendlath (though I'm not convinced it's the path Wainwright described).



Sadly by the time we got back to Watendlath the tea-shop was closed. But a successful walk and two peaks closer to completing the Central Fells.
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Re: Great Crag and Ullscarf

Postby trailmasher » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:29 pm

Some nice and wild country walking around that neck of the woods and when off piste can be a bit of a mission :crazy: so well done on a good walk :clap:
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