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Whinfell Ridge East to West

Whinfell Ridge East to West

Postby Broggy1 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:51 pm

Date walked: 13/02/2017

Time taken: 3.35

Distance: 17.9 km

Ascent: 999m

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A very windy but bright Monday afternoon walk on the excellent Whinfell Ridge and back through lovely Borrowdale - or the "M6 to the A6 and back again" as my mate put it.

Avoided walking into the wind at high level by doing it this way and it made for a good walk.


1 Grayrigg Pike ahead.JPG
Grayrigg Pike ahead - a pathless but straightforward ascent from this side

2 Looking back to the Lune Gorge.JPG
Looking back at the start point and the Lune Gorge

3 Howgills from Grayrigg Pike.JPG
Snow-topped Howgill Fells from Grayrigg Pike

4 Grayrigg Forest ahead.JPG
Ahead to Grayrigg Forest

5 Trig and ridge ahead.JPG
Trig Point on Grayrigg Forest with the ridge ahead

6 Nearing the repeater station.JPG
Nearing the Repeater Station - hence the better track

7 Whinfell Beacon ahead.JPG
Whinfell Beacon ahead

8 Whinfell Beacon.JPG
Whinfell Beacon summit

9 Back to Whinfell Beacon and Grayrigg from Castle Fell.JPG
Back to Whinfell Beacon and Grayrigg Forest from Castle Fell

10 Mabbin Crag ahead.JPG
Mabbin Crag ahead. The way ahead is not clear but by dropping down a bit and climbing a wall you can follow the break in the trees all the way up

11 Mabbin Crag.JPG
Mabbin Crag summit - this and Ashstead Fell being much the best summits on the ridge, despite being the lowest

12 Ashstead Fell ahead.JPG
Another break in the trees leads to Ashstead Fell

13 Main top Ashstead.JPG
Main summit of Ashstead Fell looking to the other tops

14 Good cairn West end of Ashstead.JPG
Good cairn on the Western end of Ashstead Fell

15 Descending to the A6.JPG
Descending to the A6

16 Back up Ashstead.JPG
Looking back up Ashstead Fell

17 Good track through Borrowdale.JPG
You could regain height and walk back along the Whinash Ridge on the other side of the valley (which I have done before) but it's much to be preferred to walk back through Borrowdale along a lovely track....particularly as we were walking back into the fierce wind!
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