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Superb Lakes weather-Fairfield plus 4

Superb Lakes weather-Fairfield plus 4


Postby susanmyatt » Sun Apr 19, 2009 2:03 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Fairfield, Great Rigg, Heron Pike, Nab Scar, Stone Arthur

Hewitts included on this walk: Fairfield, Great Rigg

Date walked: 19/04/2009

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Hi, no Saturday gang this week, the lads were in Newquay on a stag weekend so it was me and hubby who set off bright and early for the Lake District. We were promised good weather and it delivered. We parked off the main road and walked to Rydal Mount and our first ascent to Nab Scar. This climb gave us ever improving views, especially of the Western Fells.
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Ascent to Nab Scar

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Views on the climb

The summit of Nab Scar at 440 metres
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Nab Scar summit

It was good fun trying to spot the peaks in the distance, not always easy as the angles change. The slab is clearly visible on Bowfell.
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Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

The next peak after a drop and climb was Heron Pike at 612 metres, great views of Fairfield opening up, also the valley floor.
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Heron Pike summit

As we moved on to the next peak, a longer climb to Great Rigg we could see our eventual exit down to Stone Arthur.
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View down to Stone Arthur, our exit

After a climb it was the summit of Great Rigg at 766 metres, it was getting warm now.
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Great Rigg summit

Ahead was the last climb to Fairfield.
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Fairfield ahead

Reached the summit of Fairfield at 873 metres, and it was a couple of degrees colder, a few people up there and some great views.
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Summit with Helvellyn behind

One of me and Glynn with St.Sunday Crag behind us, taken by a fellow climber.
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Fairfield summit


As we were going off via Stone Arthur it was a descent back to Great Rigg.
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Looking towards Great Rigg


Great views to the valley.
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Valley
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Helm Crag from above Stone Arthur

After what seemed a long descent, we reached Stone Arthur summit at 500 metres.
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Stone Arthur with Alcock Tarn in background

A final look up to Stone Arthur, quite a daunting view, like a castle.
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View to Stone Arthur

Final figures from the Satmap showed a distance of 18.2 km and total ascent of 1247 metres, it was a lovely walk in good weather with great views, how good to be on the hills :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Superb Lakes weather-Fairfield plus 4

Postby GarryH » Sun Apr 19, 2009 6:07 pm

Looks like a great walk in great weather. Seems a bit precarious in the second photo!
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Re: Superb Lakes weather-Fairfield plus 4

Postby susanmyatt » Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:44 pm

It wasn't as bad as it looks, the shots like this always make the best photos, I have a great shot taken on the edge of Fleetwith Pike with Buttermere behind, you can see Scotland in the distance,had it put onto canvas, that was a great walk coming off Haystacks :)
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Re: Superb Lakes weather-Fairfield plus 4

Postby Paul Webster » Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:11 pm

I love the view from Fleetwith Pike across Buttermere - for me the best view in the Lakes
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Re: Superb Lakes weather-Fairfield plus 4

Postby susanmyatt » Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:51 pm

Here are three from the climb to the top,the third on the edge :lol: a great set of pics that day.
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Low level
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mid climb
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On top
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Re: Superb Lakes weather-Fairfield plus 4

Postby yokehead » Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:35 pm

Great stuff Susan, a challenging distance and ascent. 8) The views and photos are marvellous, what weather you had! :D Your Wainwright count is zooming up! 8)
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Re: Superb Lakes weather-Fairfield plus 4

Postby susanmyatt » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:10 pm

Spare a thought for my poor husband, it was a very good distance for him :lol:
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