Great Moss & Upper Eskdale

Date walked: 21/08/2011

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 11km

Ascent: 400m

I've wanted to camp in Great Moss for ages, but, that never quite coming to fruition, I decided to walk in for the day instead. Apart from being a good walk in it's own right, I could check the place out for camping and look at the routes from the Moss - I like to be prepared :lol:

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We parked at Brotherilkeld, there's space for a couple of cars just after the bridge at the bottom of the pass. The path is clear and the gradients are easy all the way to Lingcove Bridge, where it gets a little steeper but nothing too bad. The river was really impressive, with many small falls, particularly so given the recent rain. I did wonder if we'd ever be able to cross it though! Above Lingcove Bridge, the Esk narrows and enters a ravine, with many great falls. Sadly, views from the path of these are limited to glimpses, but they make one heck of a roar!

Pretty waterfalls in the early stages:

Lingcove Bridge, an early packhorse bridge:
(Intriguingly, the 2 1/2 inch map shows the RoW passing about 50m upstream of the bridge... the bridge pre-dates the map, so heavens knows why!)

Glimpse of waterfalls in the gorge:

The end of the gorge, the river makes a sudden turn below the crags of Scar Lathing:

Huge eratic at the top

Looking back, the river is transformed into a gentle meandering beck

Great Moss! This really is a stunning place: the crags all around are magnificent yet it's so flat! It's also fairly damp. Canoe recommended...

Looking north to Esk Hause. Scafell Pike on the left, Esk Pike on the right

Cam Spout Crag and Sampson's Stones. Scafell is somewhere up there.

We had intended to cross here and return on the far side of the river for variety. However, overnight rain made that easier said than done... just to reach to place to cross with dry feet would be almost impossible because the moss itself was so wet! Bravely, we gave up and returned the same way. Verdict? Good half-day's walking. Can't wait to be back for that camp!

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Beinn Liath Mor

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Date walked: 04/08/2011
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