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Wythburn to High Raise and back

25th April 2021

Route. Stockhow Bridge - Stenkin - Beacon - Wythburn Fell - Ullscarf - Greenup Edge - High Raise - Sergeant Man - Birks Gill - Wyth Burn - Stockhow Bridge. ( about 9 miles 2000ft ascent)

A walk this week which ticked off a couple of routes which I've being looking to do for a while. Firstly I wanted to climb the ridge from Wythburn up over Wythburn fell that I last climbed in 2014 and secondly I wanted to explore the Wythburn valley. I extended the walk to take in a couple of fells to add towards my 4th Wainwright round.


Another lovely day although there was a gentle but cold breeze blowing. Things got off to a good start when we ( Robert and I ) found the car park at Stockhow Bridge to still be free of charge. We set off up the steep climb away from Stenkin farm which soon gave a view of Thirlmere.

We are heading for the Beacon as marked on the map, which actually is a very short wall.


Nice view of Blencathra from the climb.

Which is joined by Skiddaw as you reach the Beacon. Harrop Tarn is below.


Looking east into the sun you have Willy Wife Moor, and Seat Sandal separated by Raise Beck with the little bump of Cofa Pike to the left of Fairfield.


Long range view to the north over a lovely little tarn encountered on the ridge.


And a rather hazy view to the south over Brownrigg Moss and the Helm Crag ridge.


After a few exciting up and downs the Wythburn ridge meets the broad boggy central ridge this is looking up to Ullscarf.

A look back to Helvellyn, Nethermost, Dollywagon and Fairfield from just below Ulscarf.


There is not much to the top of Ullscarf but the views are spectacular especially today when the view over to the high fells seemed to be haze free.

Moving the camera slightly to the north brings in the fells around Buttermere.

On the way down to Greenup Edge we pass above the head of the Wythburn valley.

But for now we are heading away from there and here is Rob at Low White Stones just about to start the easy climb to High Raise.

Great view of Bowfell and the Great Slab from High Raise.

And a bit further afield is Scafell Pike.

Its an easy half mile to Sergeant Man from where there is a view to a little bit of Stickle Tarn and a fuller view of Lingmoor Fell with the Coniston group to the right beyond.

Looking back over to the east St.Sunday Crag has joined the jumble of fells and ridges.

From Sergeant Man we took a mainly pathless route following Birks Gill back down to the head of the Wythburn valley. This is looking north to Bassenthwaite lake and Skiddaw from another nice little pool found just before the ground steepens sharply down by the gill.

There wasn't any path to follow just the occasional sheep trod but the descent wasn't too rough.

Into the upper section of the valley now passing above what's named on the map as The Bog.

Not unknown but unusual to see deer this far west.

Passing Wyhtburn Head Tarns.

The valley steepens now and even after the very dry spell we've had there are some nice cascades and pools.

Although in wetter times I should imagine there would be quite a forceful display of water power over these rocks.

We crossed the bridge to the north side of the beck and followed the quite wet path down the lower reaches of Wythburn.

A look back to the ridge climbed this morning.

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