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Lesson Learned

Sub 2000s: Ellson Fell

Date walked: 18/08/2018

Time taken: 2.2 hours

Distance: 5km

Ascent: 400m

Another opportunity to visit a few more different hills on my way home from my monthly trek down to Englandshire. I am rapidly running out of hills to the east of the A74 and hopefully by the end of the year I will have to venture across the road - so to speak.
A huge thanks again to Inca as I literally followed your route. At the planning stage I did look at other options and approaches for the three hills, but after carefully working out timings and routes Inca's looked to be by far and away the best. Having said that with hindsight an approach from the NW in these conditions may have been better, however there would have been a forest to negotiate.
My plan was to tackle Ellson Fell then nip up the A7 for a mile or so and then tackle Pikethaw Hill and The Wisp, the weather made sure I was only doing one hill.
The weather I mention is the tail end of 'Tropical Storm Ernesto', the only consolation for me was that it wasn't cold. I mention in the title about lesson learned, that refers to waterproof gear. I checked the forecast every day prior to heading south on Friday and it looked OK so I made an executive decision not to bring my waterproof trousers. This turned out to be a stupid oversight as walking through knee deep wet grass, mixed with bracken both of the very wet variety. I had my gaiters on but as the green stuff was deep, even before I started ascending the final part of Ellson my feet were sloshing around in my boots. If you have never experienced this, let me tell you it is not remotely pleasant. It wouldn't have mattered if I had worn wellies I would still have had wet feet.
The route that Inca created would be very pleasant in half decent conditions.


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Nice little parking area, even a turning circle

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Short track through a small wooded area, through the gate and off we go

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Weather wasn't too bad at the start and got steadily worse over the next couple of hours

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This a track - of sorts

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Looking back to the small wooded area

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Me and this little burn (Glenrief Burn) became very close friends, on the return leg I actually counted how many times I crossed it, would you believe 32 times, this must be a world record? The route only follows the burn for just under one mile.

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This gives you some idea of how deep the undergrowth is and trust me it holds plenty of moisture

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Steepish on both sides and the bracken has to be avoided

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Typical shot, the burn is almost hidden

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Fast flowing in bits

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As my feet were still dry at this point I opted to avoid the bracken and long grass and traverse on the slopes to the right of the burn. It was a good idea but the problem was there are umpteen gullies that feeds dribbles of water into the main burn, some of them required care as the last thing I wanted to do was slip on the shorter wet grass - by the end of the walk that wouldn't have mattered either.

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Shows how narrow the glen is, as well as the dreaded bracken

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The summit is on the right in amongst the greyness, taken from slightly above the glen whilst traversing

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Looking down the glen

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Looking NW, not sure if there is a way through the forest, the wisps of grey was actually rain being blown through

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Summit area of Ellson Fell

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Descending now and the way back down

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Avoid the bracken in the foreground

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Back to my friend the burn, apologies for the spots on the lens, it's called rain

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One of the occasional obstacles in the glen, I opted to go up to the left

This would be a nice little walk as I have said in half decent conditions and as it is literally about a mile off the A7, access is very easy. The other 2 will have to wait till September when I am next down south again, hopefully the weather will be kinder, one thing for sure I will have ALL my wet weather gear in the car no matter what the forecast is.

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Location: Guess?
Occupation: Retired
Interests: Driving, cycling & music
Activity: Munro compleatist
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Mountain: The last one
Gear: Walking poles
Camera: Fujifilm
Ideal day out: Anywhere as long as the weather is half decent
Ambition: To stay safe

Munros: 100
Corbetts: 44
Grahams: 35
Donalds: 89
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2018

Trips: 30
Distance: 456.1 km
Ascent: 27397m
Munros: 32
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 34

2017

Trips: 32
Distance: 491.3 km
Ascent: 29918m
Munros: 35
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 15
Donalds: 13
Sub2000s: 15

2016

Trips: 55
Distance: 938 km
Ascent: 56940m
Munros: 44
Corbetts: 9
Grahams: 14
Donalds: 57
Sub2000s: 6
Hewitts: 2

2015

Trips: 61
Distance: 1027.1 km
Ascent: 64822m
Munros: 84
Corbetts: 12
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 12
Sub2000s: 4

2014

Trips: 47
Distance: 742.3 km
Ascent: 45170m
Munros: 58
Corbetts: 9
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 7
Sub2000s: 12

2013

Trips: 11
Distance: 199.65 km
Ascent: 11664m
Munros: 21
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 1

2011

Trips: 1
Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 614m
Munros: 1

2007

Trips: 4
Distance: 53.5 km
Ascent: 4251m
Munros: 7

2006

Trips: 4
Distance: 60.5 km
Ascent: 3543m
Munros: 4

2005

Trips: 1
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 800m
Munros: 1

2004

Trips: 3
Distance: 86 km
Ascent: 5885m
Munros: 3

2003

Trips: 1
Distance: 24.25 km
Ascent: 1436m
Munros: 2

2002

Trips: 3
Distance: 48 km
Ascent: 2261m
Munros: 4

2001

Trips: 7
Distance: 104.5 km
Ascent: 6383m
Munros: 10

2000

Trips: 10
Distance: 133.75 km
Ascent: 9525m
Munros: 17

1999

Trips: 11
Distance: 189 km
Ascent: 11976m
Munros: 27

1998

Trips: 2
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 1823m
Munros: 5

1997

Trips: 3
Distance: 51 km
Ascent: 2515m
Munros: 7

1996

Trips: 4
Distance: 47 km
Ascent: 3950m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1

1995

Trips: 2
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 1350m
Munros: 2

1994

Trips: 5
Distance: 56 km
Ascent: 4188m
Munros: 6


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