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Green Rd to lorton days five and six

23rd & 24th May 2018

Route. 23rd -  Borrowdale YH - Johnny Wood - Rigghead Quarries - Dalehead Tarn - Dale Head - Hindscarth - Robinson - High Snockrigg - Buttermere YH    ( about 8 miles 3900 ft ascent )

Route 24th -Buttermere YH - Grassgarth Coppice - Bleak Rigg - Third Gill - Addacomb Ridge - Wandope - Sand Hill - Hopegill Head - Ladyside Pike - Swinside - Hope Gill - Dodd (Lorton) Miller Place ( about 8.5 miles 4600 ft ascent )

Waking up to blue sky everyday was very un lake district like but very welcome. Today I walked the high ground from Borrowdale to Buttermere visiting a few familiar tops and one new top.


King's How and Grange Fell across the valley.


Looking over to Great Crag with the central ridge and Ullscarf behind from the steep path up to Rigghead Quarries.


The path levels out a little as you approach the Quarries..

But there is this steep stone staircase to climb before you reach the open fell.


Dale Head from the top of the quarry..


The morning was already very warm so I had a break in the shade of the sheepfold by Dalehead Tarn.


On to Dale Head now and one of the best views from one of the best cairns in the Lakes.


Buttermere and the ridge walked yesterday from Hindscarth Edge.

I walked out to the lower cairn on Hindscarth which has a better view of Newlands and Skiddaw.


 A real jumble of fell tops looking south from Robinson.


The good weather has meant that normally very boggy areas like Buttermere Moss were very dry.

On to High Snockrigg, my first (and only ) new top for the day. I spent quite a while here sat in the sun admiring the views. Rannerdale Knotts is the fell below with Mellbreak beyond Crummock water and the Loweswater fells to the right of Loweswater.  

Wide view of Buttermere from High Snockrigg.

Part of my route for tomorrow, climbing along the valley of Sail Beck then ascending the Addacomb ridge on the left.

On the steep path down now looking across to Floutern Pass with Floutern Kop at the head. I was soon at the hostel after another wonderful day

My last day started slightly earlier than usual as to make my connections I had to be at the bust stop near Lorton before two thirty. Today I would ticking another route off my list and bagging three new Birkett tops. 


The route I was ticking off was the climb of the Addacomb ridge past Addacomb Hole up to Wandope. My route took me into the valley of Sale Beck.

Looking back to Red Pike and High Stile from the path along the valley.

The path turns into the side valley of an unnamed gill. Whiteless Pike is the fell ahead..

The ridge I'm heading for comes into sight ( the green hillside before the dark crags ). 

But before then the path takes another turn this time into the valley of Third Gill.

Third Gill is only followed for a short way before the path climbs across the hillside. Causey Pike appears in the distance.

Looking up the ridge..

Addacomb Hole from the climb

View back down.

And the view up.

Crag Fell across Addacomb Hole.

Knott Rigg above the valley with Robinson and High Snockrigg beyond.

On to Wandope now.

Dropping down to Coledale Hause.

And a look back to Eel Crag from the climb over Sand Hill to Hopegill Head

From Hopegill Head its down the slabs to Ladyside Pike.

The Whiteside ridge from the climb down.

This photo makes the descent look very tricky but in the dry Its not too bad. There is a path but as the rock was dry and very grippy I walked down the slabs keeping as near to the edge as I dared.

Hopegill Head from Ladyside Pike. 

and again from Swinside but with added Ladyside Pike.

Lorton Dodd my penultimate Birkett top ( not counting Pillar Rock ) I headed down the steep slope through the heather.

In the valley of Hope Gill..

Climbing up the slate gully which leads very nearly to the top of  Dodd

Great view from Dodd to Ladyside Pike and Hopegill Head. There looks to be a clear path to the Whiteside ridge.

The vale of Lorton from Dodd . I had an hour to get to the bus stop so my timing had not been bad..

Following Cold Gill down.

Nearly back to Miller Place and the road. The Low fell group on the right with Carling Knott above Holme wood in the centre and Hencomb and Mellbreak to the left. The bus had broken down on the climb over Honister Pass ( and broke down again at Whinlatter) so I had plenty of time to spare

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