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Dale Head from Rosthwaite

25th June2017

Route -Rosthwaite - Johnny Wood - Above Seatoller - Honister - Dale Head - Dale Head Tarn - Rigghead Quarries - Rosthwaite ( about 7 miles 2500ft ascent )

One of my (but not Sue's) outstanding third round Wainwrights is Dale Head so that's where we headed this week.


Borrowdale on a sunny day what could be nicer.

 Looking over to Eagle Crag.

We took the path past the youth hostel along the river and through the lovely Johnny Wood.


The view up the Seathwaite valley with Great End across the ...er end.


A closer look with Thornythwaite fell on the left Base Brown on the right, Seathwaite fell is in the middle with Great End beyond.


Climbing the old road up to Honister..


It's been a fairly easy walk so far but now we start on the steep pull direct to Dale Head


Looking back to the slate mine. The views soon start to open up.

Zooming over the mine road to the High Stile ridge with Pillar to the left..


Higher up on the path now and the full length of the high Stile ridge can be seen with Red Pike (B)  and The Saddle on the right..

 In the distance the fells above Eskdale are all lined up from Bowfell on the left to Scafell Pike on the right.


  On Dale Head now and one of the nicest views in the Lakes.

Dale Head tarn far below with Launchy tarn and Scawdel tarn on High Scawdel above.

Looking down to Newlands from near the tarn.

Lovely little tarn and a nice place for a break with a sheep fold for shelter. Usually quite busy though and it certainly was today.

Walking down through the Rigghead quarries. Rosthwaite below.

We  spent a few minutes exploring the old workings although I didn't venture any further along this one.

Seathwaite valley with Eagle Crag and Greenup Edge prominent.

The fleeting sunshine and moving clouds had been making patterns on the fells all day, here Rosthwaite Cam is picked out.

Castle Crag and King's How, two of my favourite little fells.

Nearly back to Rosthwaite

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