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A long weekend based in Keswick

19th - 21st October 2018

Route. Friday - Buttermere - Scale Force - Lingcomb Edge - Red Pike - High Stile - High Crag - Seat - Scarth Gap - Buttermere ( about 9 miles 3000ft ascent )

Route. Saturday - Brumston Bridge - Sale Fell - Ling Fell ( about 3.5 miles 1350ft ascent )

Route. Sunday - Darling How - Brown How - Whinlatter Top - Tarbarrel Moss - Barf - Lord's Seat - Broom Fell - Graystones - Darling How ( about 9 miles 2500ft ascent )

We again spent a few days in the Lakes centred around attending the Wainwright Society lecture this year given by mountain guide David Powell-Thompson.


The weather was forecast to be mixed over the three days and it wasn't a bad morning as we set out from Buttermere to walk the High Stile ridge, hopefully with more of a view then we had in August. This is looking at Haystacks from the road through the village.


Heading for Scale Bridge, Red Pike and Lingcomb Edge above.

The day was brightening up with Buttermere and High Snockrigg lit by the morning sun.


And plenty of blue sky over Crummock Water.

Rannerdale Knotts.


Looking down the valley with Fleetwith Pike at the end.


The head of Grasmoor is in cloud.

On to Lingcomb Edge now and thankfully we have a view.


 Looking up to Red Pike.

Four Herdies watch as we pass. It was around this point that the wind picked up and it soon became quite a struggle to make forward progress.

The wind blew in the cloud and so again we traversed the ridge without a view. Here Sue fights the wind on the climb to Red Pike.

Nothing at all to see untill we drop down to Seat from where we get a misty view of Haystacks.

Fleetwith Pike from Scarth Gap.

Misty Warnscale and Haystacks from the path down.

With the lecture starting at six pm we chose a short walk today and with the weather windy and rainy we chose a couple of fells with no steep drops or precipitous paths. The path by the wall up on to Sale Fell is pretty steep but quite short and the more gentle ridge path is soon reached.


Looking across the valley to Ling Fell.

And looking past Ling Fell over Wythop Moss to Graystones. 

Skiddaw well covered in cloud today.

On the descent headed for Ling Fell


Sale Fell from the Corpse Road running around and up Ling Fell. Usually we take one of a few paths which head directly up the fell but today we stayed on the Corpse Road following it as it looped around the hill. The weather as you can see is closing in.

Rain starting as we head to the top. We didn't hang around on the summit as the rain was very cold, nearly verging on hailstones so we came down the steep direct way with only one or two slips on the way.


Sunday again was dull but at least dry as we followed the forest road past Darling How..

This little pile of stones is where you turn right into the trees onto a narrow steep path to Whinlatter.

Following the wall upwards. It's starting to rain now.

Last picture before I put the camera away. We are not far from the Brown How, the Wainwright top of Whinlatter but with the wind howling and the rain coming down like stair rods we decided to cut our walk short and return to the car. Thankfully as we set off from Brown How along the ridge the rain slackened and the wind dropped to nothing so we resolved to carry on.

Still not what you'd call good conditions but we have visited Barf and are now heading up to Lord's Seat.

Proving that the weather gods like a joke as much as anybody, as we reached our last top of Graystones the sun came out. This is looking over Lorton from Graystones

 And we have a view, Broom Fell and Lord's Seat in this case

And over yesterdays fells to Binsey.

Even Scotland is quite clearly seen.

Instead of heading down the steep path down and then climbing up the road to the car park we retraced our steps to Widow Hause and came down on the forest tracks. For anybody who has been here before, the felling of  the trees on Widow Hause will seem very strange. I always used to like walking along the sheltered path by the trees.

It has opened the view up though

Sunny and warm as we walk through the forest.

And wall to wall blue sky

On the track back to Darling How.

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