|Route taken on 23rd September 2010|
|Cairn on Gray Crag LDW-090|
|Hayeswater from Gray Crag above|
|Thornthwaite Beacon on LDW-043|
Late September, and I was desperate to return to Lakeland to visit the range of Wainwright's Far Eastern Fells around High Street, which I had been eyeing up from the other side of Ullswater during the previous week when the Ryedale Walking Group stayed at the Patterdale Hotel. I decided on a solo trip with my terrier Treacle. My new found fellwalking friend Geoff at this time, was not aware that I had started doing these flying day trips across to the Lake District from North Yorkshire, which involved having to drive around 250 miles and then on top of that, complete a strenuous walk.
|Profile of the walk over the 11 Wainwrights in the Far Eastern Fells on 23rd September 2009|
Thornthwaite Crag is most impressive - the views south to Windermere are superb and the beacon itself, built by some unknown person, stands taller than any on the tops of fells in the entire Lake District. I spent another twenty minutes here for the WOTA operation when a dissapointing five contacts were completed. I'm not sure why - the take off is good to the south but there were just so few stations active. I tagged on to another solitary walker on my way across to Mardale Ill Bell. Steve was a Chef and worked at a posh Michelin starred restaurant near Blackburn. His wife was a nurse and was on shift today, so Steve had driven up to Kentmere to do the Horseshoe. Horseshoe I said - What's that? Steve described the route he had taken from Kentmere pointing out the Wainwrights as we walked. There was Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick and he still had Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike and Shipman Knotts to do, which were now below us on his way back.
|The piles of stones on Mardale Ill Bell LDW-059|
|Treacle resting on High Street LDW-025 - no one else there - they all turned up on High Raise!|
|I startled two red deer on my way across to Kidsty Pike - they went over the hill on to Rampsgill Head and out of my view|
|Approach to Kidsty Pike from High Street with Haweswater below|
|Cairn and shelter on High Raise LDW-031|
He looked rather dumbstruck when he realised they were four miles from where they thought they were! I didn't say anything but the path to and from Kidsty is not a Bridleway, so they shouldn't have been there anyway, but back on the Roman Road running across High Street. I moved off towards High Raise LDW-031 which was just as busy as Kidsty Pike - full of folk (me included) having their lunches. Six summits bagged before lunchtime - I was impressed! My antenna was extended and as more walkers arrived one chap with a plum in his mouth said "What is that eyesore then?". Safety in numbers - he appeared to be the leader of a group of middle aged, middle class men. I explained it was my antenna and he just shrugged... I was meeting some Grockels today that was for sure!
|Hayeswater and Hayeswater Gill from the summit of The Knott LDW-066|
|On Rest Dodd LDW-092|
This was a two mile trip there and back from Rest Dodd and I went for it, noting the warning notice, put there by the landowner, who has concerns that the deer could be affected by fellwalkers wandering on the fells. The advice was to stay on the path, which was rather difficult to locate as the top of the fell was more like an obstacle course running over numerous peat hags between two and four feet deep!
|The one mile length of peat hags on The Nab LDW-139 with Bannerdale left and Ramps Gill right|
|Brock Crags LDW-144 with Brotherswater down below. This was my last summit of the day|