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by Derek T » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:24 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Bakestall
Date walked: 18/02/2011
Time taken: 2.2
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 522mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I set off along the Cumbrian Way heading for Dash Falls so that I could ascend via Birkett Edge. After about 10 minutes of walking I noticed what looked like a path zig-zagging up the north flank of Cockup. A quick look at the map made me realise this was a more direct route to the summit so I turned off the Cumbrian Way and headed through a couple of fields towards the fell wall. This was my "cock-up on Cockup" moment. What had looked like a path wasn't a path. I ended up ascending over 1,500ft through deep grass and heather on a very steep incline. When I finally got close to the top of Cockup I could see Bakestall behind it with the ravine of Dead Beck between me and Bakestall. I had to continue heading up through the heather until I found somewhere to drop down into the Beck and start heading up towards the edge of Dead Crags hoping to find a path. I never did. By the time I got to the summit of Bakestall I was really struggling to push my legs through the grass and heather and was starting to think I would run out of daylight. I was now above the snowline and knew there was more snow on it's way so was starting to get a little worried about what I had gotten myself into. It had taken me nearly an hour and a half to get to the summit and there was only about 30 minutes of good daylight left. I was also conscious of the fact that the Dead Crags and Birkett Edge were only a few yards away so I really didn't want to be getting off this hill in the dark.
Luckily, the descent down the south east side of Birkett Edge was much easier than I had expected and I was back on the Cumbrian Way at Dash Falls in about 15 minutes from the summit. The walk from there is really easy going and fast so I was back at the car by the time it had started to get really dark.
This was a good lesson for me in how easy it is to get into a situation that could very easily turn very bad. My big mistake was going off-piste on a walk where I knew I had no contingency time. I won't be doing that again in a hurry!
Here is my route and some pictures...
by susanmyatt » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:47 pm
by Derek T » Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:30 pm
I'll try to remember to take pics of the parking stops from now on
by ChrisW » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:54 am
Still enjoyed your report and pics, and glad your 'cock up' had the best of outcomes
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