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Ennerdale Afternoon

Ennerdale Afternoon


Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:35 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Great Borne, Starling Dodd

Hewitts included on this walk: Great Borne, Starling Dodd

Date walked: 14/02/2015

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 810m

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We arrived at Boness Knott car park on the first day of our half term week in the Lakes. Despite the fact we were a little later than hoped I was confident that our fairly modest target of the day (Great Bourne and Starling Dodd) should be easily doable in the time we had. This was the second time we'd set off this way with the previous time ending at around 420m as the wind and horizontal sleet sent us packing. No such troubles this time other than the steepness on what was a wonderful winters day.

ImageLooking across to Crag Fell by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageLooking down on Routen Farm by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageHigh up by The crags of Herdus by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

Hard work over, walking over the tops was wonderful as we passed the minor top of Herdus before making our way to the bouldery dome of Great Bourne for a late lunch. Views to Great Gable and Pillar were fantastic and this was joined by a fine view of Grasmoor and the North Western Fells as we made our way to the high point of the day, Starling Dodd.

ImageHerdus by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageGreat Borne by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageOn the way to Starling Dodd by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageOnwards and upwards by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageGrassmoor and Crummock Water by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageStarling Dodd by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageGable and Pillar by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageFriends on Starling Dodd by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

Following a brief pause to enjoy the views we headed off to the minor top of Little Dodd (via a large snow patch) to descend very steeply back down to the restricted road through Ennerdale. This route starts with a grassy path in a gully before turning into a scree run that gives a fairly rapid way down.

ImageLarking about in the snow by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageSteep way down by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImagePillar and Steeple by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

We hadn't seen a single soul all day at this point but broke the spell by mentioning it and were promptly joined by a large group heading to the hostel at High Gillerthwaite. We were soon along again however and thoroughly enjoyed the walk back along the lake side as the sun went down giving us some beautiful colours to go with the reflections in Ennerdale.

ImageEnnerdale Evening by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageReflecting on the day by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageEnnerdale Sunset by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

ImageAnglers Crag Sunset by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr


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johnkaysleftleg
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Re: Ennerdale Afternoon

Postby trailmasher » Thu Mar 05, 2015 2:37 pm

Great pics on a good day and decent walk. Nice, quiet, and easy stress free place to be for a day out.
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Re: Ennerdale Afternoon

Postby colgregg » Fri Mar 06, 2015 6:35 pm

Some great pics and a couple of good and underrated summits. Most folk do the three high Stile tops and turn back down to Buttermere, ignoring these. You are only 2 Wainy's behind me now and definitely looks like you'll complete well before me. Well done.
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Re: Ennerdale Afternoon

Postby simon-b » Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:17 pm

Great view of Pillar and Steeple on that way down from Starling Dodd.
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Re: Ennerdale Afternoon

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:17 pm

trailmasher wrote:Great pics on a good day and decent walk. Nice, quiet, and easy stress free place to be for a day out.


Cheers, I like the relative quite of the Western fells.

colgregg wrote:Some great pics and a couple of good and underrated summits. Most folk do the three high Stile tops and turn back down to Buttermere, ignoring these. You are only 2 Wainy's behind me now and definitely looks like you'll complete well before me. Well done.


They are indeed fine tops with some great views, we should finish by late summer. Our remaining fells are mostly well grouped, we could finish in 9 walks if we pushed but 11 of 12 is more likely. I notice your fells are quite scattered.

simon-b wrote:Great view of Pillar and Steeple on that way down from Starling Dodd.


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Re: Ennerdale Afternoon

Postby colgregg » Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:30 pm

I may have to resort to a few drive, walk, drive, walk days, JK. Pointless heading over the lakes merely to do single fells such a Holme Fell. Green Fell in Eskdale is the problem one. Kicking myself for not picking up on it being a Wainwright when I was over there camping.
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Re: Ennerdale Afternoon

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:22 pm

colgregg wrote:I may have to resort to a few drive, walk, drive, walk days, JK. Pointless heading over the lakes merely to do single fells such a Holme Fell. Green Fell in Eskdale is the problem one. Kicking myself for not picking up on it being a Wainwright when I was over there camping.


I've done that a few times for smaller fells, the thought of driving over the Lakes to climb Armboth Fell then come home is not exactly a big attraction.
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Re: Ennerdale Afternoon

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:30 am

Wow - some really fine pics there :clap: :clap: :clap: , and a great day's weather you had. The views of Pillar are wonderful.

I did a Wastwater horseshoe just 5 days later on 19th Feb, pretty well all of it in clag! Views like the ones you had of Pillar etc were exactly what I'd been hoping for :(

I'm hoping that third time will be lucky...
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Re: Ennerdale Afternoon

Postby ChrisW » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:40 am

Now that is what you call a great start to a weeks holiday JK, lovely shots as always with some real stunners at the close of day :clap:
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Re: Ennerdale Afternoon

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:49 pm

ChrisW wrote:Now that is what you call a great start to a weeks holiday JK, lovely shots as always with some real stunners at the close of day :clap:


Thanks Chris :D

Alteknacker wrote:Wow - some really fine pics there :clap: :clap: :clap: , and a great day's weather you had. The views of Pillar are wonderful.

I did a Wastwater horseshoe just 5 days later on 19th Feb, pretty well all of it in clag! Views like the ones you had of Pillar etc were exactly what I'd been hoping for :(

I'm hoping that third time will be lucky...


Thank you very much. Pillar is my favourite fell, mainly by virtue of the route from Ennerdale using the shamrock traverse, so I was made up with the views. Keep coming back to the western fells, more than worth it once you get a day without clag.
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