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Great Carrs Remembrance service

10th November2019

Route. Walna Scar Rd - Seathwaite Tarn - Troutal Fell - Grey Friar - Great Carrs - Swirl How - Brim Fell - Goat's Hawse - Dow Crag - Buck Pike - Brown Pike - Walna Scar Rd ( about 8.5 miles 3300ft ascent)


I once again met up with Rod and Paul to attend the Remembrance service at the Halifax bomber memorial just below Great Carrs. The weather could have not been more different than last year with blue skies and bright warm sunshine albeit with an icy wind, we even had a dusting of snow on the high fells just to make the day even more beautiful..


Passing through Lowick I pulled over to take a picture of the Coniston group of fells lit by the early morning sun.


After "How Do's" and handshakes all round it was straight into the walk following the access track to Seathwaite Tarn and it's not long before the view starts to unfold, here the Scafell group appear with Slight Side on the left to Ill Crag on the right.


Chatting and walking always seems to speed up time and within what only felt like a few minutes we were at the tarn. Unlike last year we could survey our route up and we reckoned the path would roughly follow the line of shadow up to Troutal Fell.


First we have to cross over the tarn by way of the dam.


On to Troutal Fell and a look back over Dunnerdale to Black Combe and the Irish sea in the distance.


Looking north west  from the climb to Grey Friar and the view of the sugar coated Scafell Pikes is just fantastic we probably took several million pictures between us as we ambled along.


And to the south and the sun there were good silhouettes to be seen this is Brim Fell and Dow Crag  with Coniston Old Man just visible at the back.

A hazy Isle Of Man and a crystal clear Harter Fell.


Wider view of the Scafells showing the usually very wet Moasdale valley.

On to Grey Friar and the Helvellyn ridge form the background to the Matterhorn rock.

The summit of the Old Man can be seen now as can the sunlit Morcambe Bay.

Skiddaw easily visible in the superb clear air. The dome of Pike of Stickle sits almost unnoticed on the right.

Crinkle Crags.

They say time passes quickly when you are enjoying yourself and the clock had raced around so we had to put a bit of a spurt on to make sure we arrived at the memorial before eleven, which we did with  ten minutes to spare. This is looking back to Grey Friar.

And a closer look after a Canadian flag was added to the cairn. Seven Canadians and one Scotsman fell here when Halifax bomber LL505 "S for Sugar " failed to clear the ridge in November 1944.

 Red Tarn  nestled below Pike Of Blisco and Cold Fell.

Bowfell without snow for some reason.

Just a little bit too slow with the camera to catch the fell runner who was perfectly silhouetted against the shining sea as he bounded along.

Looking down Prison Band to Black sails and Wetherlam.

Levers water and Coniston Water.


There were quite a few icy patches about but I didn't need my spikes which I'd brought as a precaution.

Lovely light over Fairfield and Calf Cove from Goat's Hawse.

Several crackpots were launching themselves from the Old Man trusting to a bit of aluminum and a plastic bag.

I love walking above the gullies and outcrops on the face of Dow Crag.

Looking  down over lovely Dunnerdale.

Goat's Water below the scramble of South Rake.

Dow Crag from Buck Pike.

Rod and Paul heading down the Walna Scar Rd.

A final goodbye to the wonderful Scafells.


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