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Birkett bagging from Ravenglass

2nd and 3rd January 2017

Route. Day one - Ravenglass - Fell Lane - Muncaster Tarn - Esk Trail - Forge House - Brant Rake - Brant Rake Moss - Water Crag - Rough Crag ( Birker Moor ) - Seat How ( Birker Moor ) - Woodend Height - White Pike ( about 10 miles 3000ft ascent )

Route. Day two - White Pike - The Knott ( Stainton Fell )  - Stainton - Bridge End - Hall Waberthwaite - Roughholme - Muncaster Bridge - Cumbria Coastal Way - Ravenglass ( about 8.5 miles mostly all down hill )

A new years resolution to camp at least once a month in 2017 and a decent forecast meant that I was on the train to Ravenglass for a walk around the lovely Devoke Water.




Looking to the coast from Fell Lane.


Muncaster Tarn.


From the tarn I took a new route for me following the Esk Trail which runs parallel to Muncaster Fell but follows the low ground. I didn't think it was as scenic as the path over the fell but was definitely quicker and definitely drier. You do get glimpses of the fells in this case Harter Fell


The Esk Trail brought me out at the road at Forge House.


 I could just pick out Brant Rake climbing the fell as I walked along the road looking for the start of the path.


And here it is. Easily passed if your not paying attention to your map

Brant Rake looks like an old peat cutters path similar to the one leading up to Birker tarn although not in quite as good condition


You soon get great views of Scafell with Bowfell to the right and Great Gable in cloud to the left.


 Looking up to Water Crag on the right and Rough Crag on the left..

 I thought Brantrake Moss was a super place and Suprisingly quite dry and you have a great view of Green Crag with Harter Fell behind.


  Posing sheep on the climb to Water Crag. Whin Rigg behind.

Devoke Water and my next two fells to be visited seen from Water Crag

It's only a short walk across to Rough Crag.

Devoke Water in the sun.

I had a few minutes excitement climbing up the front of Seat How. Stopping to take a picture of Devoke Water.

Water Crag on the left and Rough Crag on the right from Seat How.

I came down the safer route from Seat how and noticed the Sun was shining exactly through the gap in the fell that I was heading for.

Devoke Water boathouse and Seat How.

Scafell again seen from the climb up to Woodend Height. I think that Scafell Pike can just be seen peeping to the right of Scafell's top.

A wider view of the high fells.

late afternoon on Woodend Height.

Looking back again over Devoke water to the high fells

On White Pike now and I think it's time to get the tent up and get a brew on

Whilst watching the sunset at the same time.


Tomorrows first target, The Knott.

I don't think there are many nicer sounds than the hiss of the stove making the first brew after pitching on a winter camp. The evening was very cold and the stars were brilliant but I did see that the moon was obscured by cloud out over the sea and I wondered if it would blow inland. I woke in the night and was unexpectedly very warm and I could hear the sound of light rain falling so I was not that surprised to open the tent to heavy clag.

If the weather had stayed fine I would have climbed back up the fell to Stainton Pike and walked back down over Black Combe bagging the tops that I have not done, but I decided that the clag seemed to be in for the day so made my way down to the road passing over The Knott on the way.

When I reached the road I remembered last time I had walked along it there is no pavement and is very busy so it was quite dangerous. I took to the fields and the coastal path which was traffic free but very muddy.

Passing Muncaster Castle.

The Coastal path does get very close to the coast at times.

 Very Close ! Ravenglass is just ahead and I was soon on the train home.

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