Pasture Beck Skyline

Wainwrights: Caudale Moor, Gray Crag, Hartsop Dodd, Thornthwaite Crag
Hewitts: Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor), Thornthwaite Crag

Date walked: 18/06/2021

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 10.6km

Ascent: 849m

Following the attack of shin splints on my last outing I decided to go for a bit of a shorter walk and headed for the rural idyll of Hartsop for a Pasture Beck skyline walk, Last time I did these fells it was in an anti clockwise direction, for no other reason than that I decided to head for Gray Crag first.

Hartsop Dodd

Pasture Bottom

The route from valley level

It was, as the observant among you will have already noticed from the photos, a stunning morning and the temperature was rising as steadily as our progress up the track. Blistering sunshine and little wind made for very hot work but with plenty of rests and drinks and attempting to lessen the steepness by taking a diagonal route up the fellside two old guys made slow and steady progress up the first target of the day.

The photogenic old building on the way up the track

Warm work this morning

Looking down upon the old filter house, soon to be a holiday let

Glorious views of the Eastern fells opening up

Lone tree and Catstycam

Form a queue ladies

Last pull up to Gray Crag

Before we reached the Wainwright summit a stop was made on a bilberry covered tuffet overlooking Hayswater for a breakfast stop. A quite magnificent place to fuel up for the way ahead :D , and soon Hughie and I were feeling refreshed and enjoying the steady incline up to Grey Crag before moving onwards to Thornthwaite Crag.

Sun kissed Hayeswater

Looking back down the ridge

Haysewater Panorama

Hughie awaits breakfast

Breakfast View

Wainwright summit of Gray Crag

Threshthwaite Mouth

Random Rocks

Windermere through Thresthwaite Mouth

Hayswater from odd natural stone circle

Sheep and Scafells

Soon Thornthwaite Crag's imposing summit cairn/beacon came into view (not sure if it is still 14 feet high :? ) and following a brief moment to take in the views we headed off along the path which makes it scree filled way down to Threshet Mouth.

Thornthwaite Crag summit

View South in Panorama

The Beacon, I'm sure it's lost a few feet

Path down to Threshthwaite Mouth

And a look at Windermere

As we approached Threshet Mouth a group of walkers who had set off the same time from Hartsop but had followed the valley up rather than going over any fells turned up at the same time. Feeling a bit smug that two old guys had not only beat them here but been over two fells and stopped for breakfast, we set off up the simple scramble that takes you to Stoney Cove Pike.

Hughie at Thresh'et Mouth

Looking down Pasture Bottom, sorry couldn't resist

Troutbeck valley from the scramble up Stoney Cove Pike

Quite why Stony Cove Pike is a 'Pike' is mystery because it's very flat up here. Wondering about such matters, (well I was, Hughie was probably wondering about why sheep poo is so delicious :sick: ) we didn't linger and headed off to visit the Birkett of Cauldale Moor before finding a fine spot at Caudale Head to have lunch. It was nice to enjoy a view I hadn't previously and it turned out to be a bit of an extended break with boots off in the warm sunshine.

Stoney Cove Pike with Ill Bell Ridge

Scafells again

Caudale Moor Summit

Lunchtime Panorama down Cauldale

Brothers Water and Ullswater

From here the route is largely downhill all the way and once some uneven ground was traversed nice and easy underfoot. Harsop Dodd came and went before the startlingly steep descent back down to Hartsop.

Across to the Eastern Fells

Pasture Beck Panorama

Fells upon fells

Summit Stick on Hartsop Dodd

Hartsop Dodd summit Cairn

Looking down to Hartsop Valley

Getting steep

Dizzyingly steep descent down to Hartsop

Clinging On!

Brothers Water

Haysewater Gill

Given the conditions 10km or so was quite enough for today, summer is lovely for lounging on a fell top half asleep but it certainly makes those climbs hard work!

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