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Tarn & Grey Crags
by Phooooey » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:43 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Grey Crag, Tarn Crag (Far Eastern Fells)
Date walked: 08/01/2011
Time taken: 3.5
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 553mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
A lovely January morning shone through the bedroom curtain this morning shouting the fact that I hadn't managed to get into the Lakes for over 4 weeks. To rectify this, a trip into Longsleddale was quickly put together with full backing from Damson.
From Sadgill, we made our way up the walled track following the stream with waterfalls gushing into it from the right.
The track was almost total ice at the top of the pass where we headed up right to the fence taking us directly to Tarn Crag and its rather elaborate pillar. The ice was useful up here as the snow from the past few weeks was hard going and the harder icy bits were easier to walk on. Snow holes were everywhere as the snow had banked up to create new ascent routes.
My feet went through two of them causing me to do the splits and rip the new walking trousers ... ouch !
From Tarn Crag we followed the fence round to Grey Crag and into a quick snow shower. Photos were difficult in this weather. On decending back into Sadgill, the sun returned allowing for a fairly quick descent.
We met only 2 people on our route at the very start and not a sign of anybody else or even footprints after leaving the walled track.
by fedupofuserids » Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:46 am
The elaborate pillar is actually my avatar pic - it was a survey pillar for the underground aquaduct from Haweswater Reservoir and lines up with its twin on Branstree.
How did you find the bog between Tarn Crag & Grey Crag, had the frost been hard enough to freeze it?
What's the parking like in Longsleddale is it as bad as Kentmere - I plan/hope to do a few Birketts east of Longsleddale this year?
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by Phooooey » Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:59 am
I did Kentmere late last year and the farmers field was still open with £2 a day honesty box in op. That was approaching half full on a beautiful day (which I have a post for) so parking isnt as much of a problem there.
by fedupofuserids » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:17 am
Yeah, when I parked in Kentmere I managed to park by the village hall, just, with a little bit of breathing in & a bit of toing & froing for a £1 donation. I saw the field you mention but it looked like it had a sign up saying 'do not park' ! When I returned the sign had gone and it was full of cars.
Never been up Longsleddale so its good to know you can get parked!
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Another great route, albeit a lot longer, sees you starting at Swindale Head and doing a round (in any direction) of Glede How, Willy Winder Hill, Seat Robert, High Wether Howe, Harrop Pike, Grey Crag, Pillar, Branstree and Artle Crag, Selside and back to Swindale. About 6 hours, but its a quiet area of Lakeland even on Bank Holidays and there is always an abundance of parking!!!!
PS, the farmers field is only used on Bank Holiday weekends because of Town and Country Planning Regulations which allow it to be used as a car park for 14 days a year
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