A Sweep of Far Eastern Fells
by old danensian » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:50 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Brock Crags, Caudale Moor, Gray Crag, Hartsop Dodd, High Street, Rest Dodd, The Knott, The Nab, Thornthwaite Crag
Hewitts included on this walk: High Street, Rest Dodd, Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor), Thornthwaite Crag
Date walked: 22/01/2011
Time taken: 6
Distance: 22 km
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An immediate leg-stretching, lung-bursting start to the day as the ridge is tackled head-on.
The frost is left below and the breeze picks up – glad of the Christmas pressie hat with the furry flaps
A cairn and the choice between humps for the top – then it’s carry on upwards as Caudale Moor beckons.
Apart from a misty view southwards down the stretch of Windermere, it’s hardly a place to dwell
Just the corner of a wall really – and then a view across to Thornthwaite Crag – phrases like “wind-blasted heath” sprang to mind.
One of those spurs amidst higher ground that must get passed by in favour of greater glory.
Don’t – it’s worth it on its own – and as a way of avoiding the steep slog up the west side of Thornthwaite – just contour round from the col and along to the cairn – then afterwards it’s an nice easy angled slope back up to the beacon.
Escaped quickly owing to a massive influx of fell-runners – too much lycra, skimpy shorts and bare legs to feel comfortable in the chill.
Things started to get busy from here, as the silhouettes previously seen from the parallel ridge of Gray Crag had suggested.
Shame the views down the Riggindale ridge were lost in the mist – can’t win ‘em all.
Unfortunate recollections – the last time I was here was the weekend before the foot and mouth outbreak back in February 2001
Just follow the bus queue – well the one that isn’t going over to Kidsty anyway.
It looked tranquil, deserted and alluring – then just as the cairn came into view, so did at least twenty other walkers – who didn’t appreciate about my query about the next bus.
The best time of the year to cross what must be an absolute bog-fest in warmer times – but worth the jaunt.
A pleasant stroll – and at least you don’t have to go back up the steep slope of Rest Dodd to get back onto the route across to Brock Crags
The end of a great day – one of those tops that seem to have a choice for the summit until you see the cairn out on the western edge.
Not quite sure if my steep descent down its southern slope was quite what I’d intended, but the track back to Hartsop village was welcome relief to tired knees and hammered toes.
All in all, it was a successful couple of days, with Stybarrow yesterday as well. In addition to a healthy clutch of unvisited Wainwrights, there were satisfactory tests for maps, gloves and new hat (Christmas pressies from daughters), new boots (essential pressie to self), set of new filters (from the tolerant other half) and an opportunity to play with a new GPS (when all else fails just ask for cash).
by susanmyatt » Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:03 pm
by fedupofuserids » Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:45 pm
You certainly had a full day, ticking off a few !
I climbed the Nab after heavy rain and was surprised it wasn't a bog-fest - although I think if it wasn't a Wainwright then the deer would more or less have it to themselves.
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by colgregg » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:26 pm
by The English Alpinist » Fri Dec 25, 2015 6:18 pm
by ChrisW » Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:01 pm
too much lycra, skimpy shorts and bare legs to feel comfortable in the chill.