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YHA trip 29th July -2nd August 2011

Route - Day 1- Elterwater - Slater Bridge - Tilberthwaite - Coniston - Coniston Coppermines YH. (about 7.5 miles 1400ft ascent)

Day 2 - Walna Scar Road - Fickle Steps - Grassguards - Whahouse Bridge - Eskdale YH. (about 11 miles 2700ft ascent)

Day 3 - Doctor Bridge - Milkingstead Bridge - Giggle Alley - Miterdale Forest - Easthwaite - Wastwater YH. (about 8 miles 1300ft ascent)

Day 4 - Wasdale Head- Black Sail Pass - Black Sail YH. (about 7 miles 2000ft ascent)

Day 5 - Scarth Gap - Gatesgarth - Bus to Windermere then train home. (about 2.5 miles 550ft ascent)

We were dropped of in Elterwater village to start our long awaited walking trip staying the night in youth hostels. We were lucky with the weather as the week before had been pretty awful but Friday was a settled and warm ( if a bit dull ) day.

We set of for Coniston on well made easy paths.

We soon reached the lovely Slater Bridge.

Water Lilies at Slater Bridge. 

Looking back to the houses at High Tilberthwaite.

We crossed the road at Low Yewdale and joined the Cumbria way for the walk into Coniston

Our bed for the night after a very pleasant first day.

Saturday was a beautiful day. We made an early start as this was to be our longest walk. Here we head up the path towards Levers Water before cutting back above the quarry and heading for the Walna Scar Road. 

On we plod making for Cove bridge where another paddle would be in order.

The Cove

The lovely view back down Walna Scar.

Heading down the other side of the pass into the Duddon valley

Seathwaite Bridge with Harter Fell behind.

Fickle steps and yet another paddle, this time accompanied with a brew and cake.

Heading out from the Duddon on the boggy path past Grassguards Farm.

Walking above Eskdale with the Scafell range and Bowfell looking lovely in the afternoon sun. We dropped down to the valley bottom and after a short road walk reached the hostel 

Ready for the walk to Wastwater. Robert, James, Thomas and Jake.

After our long day I decided that we would try and make the trip over to Wasdale a bit easier so we walked down the valley, crossed the river at Milkingstead Bridge walked on the road to Giggle Alley and then climbed up through Miterdale Forest. 

Approaching the gate out of the forest. The walk up through the latter stages of the Miterdale forest is a wide path but with full tree cover, the contrast as you reach the open fell from the dark trees is marvelous.

Even on a dull day like today the view up Wasdale was brilliant.

Approaching Eashwaite.

Wastwater from near the youth hostel. Our shorter day meant we beat the rain.

It was still raining in the morning so we hung around for a bit and  walked along the road to Wasdale Head in dry but misty conditions.

Yewbarrow in the mist

Looking back down Mosedale.

Ennerdale from the drop down Black Sail Pass

It turned into quite a nice evening and the hostel emptied temporarily whilst everyone captured the sunset.

Black Sail with Great Gable and the head of Ennerdale behind.

Our plans for the next day had to be altered as  James ( who had complained that he felt a bit unwell ) was quite ill in the night and although a bit better in the morning he was not up to our original plan of a walk up Loft Beck and then to Grange. We decided that we would meet the bus at Gatesgarth farm so we set off slowly over the Scarth Gap Pass.

The rain started as we dropped down from Scarth Gap.

Haystacks from the pass.

Fleetwith Pike. The rain soon passed and the cloud started to lift from the fells.


Walking to the farm and bus stop.  James did well to manage the walk although he had stop several times to be sick. By the time we got to Keswick he was recovering and when we reached Windermere he had recovered enough to tuck into a rather large cake in Booth's cafe!

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