This was the first and only dry day on a long weekend when Judy (XYL) and I stayed in Keswick. When we both travel over the Lakes I can't get away with leaving at 6.00am when Judy comes along. We get up later and leave home later but on this day we did quite well and were leaving the car at High Row near Dockray just before 10.30am.
|Good parking place at High Row NY 379219|
|Cairn and plaque on Birkett Fell|
Stybarrow Dodd was a little higher than Hart Side though and we made 8 contacts to prove it - including one with a Norwegian station on 2m FM. Fantastic! This was Halvard LA1DNA/P operating from 3 miles away on LDW-210 High Rigg!
That was a much more valuable contact than one with Norway as I gained a summit to summit contact and a vital Chaser point for a summit that is extremely hard to work from anywhere else! Just after that I worked Mads M/LA1TPA/P who was in Keswick. The guys were in the UK to attend the QRP Convention in Rochdale and were sampling the Lake District before they journeyed on to the industrial heartlands of the north.
The footpaths were wide and stony all the way across to Clough Head via Great Dodd and we visited the intriguing Calfhow Pike which stands well, being most prominent, at more than 2100' ASL but is not listed by Wainwright as a counter, being eclipsed by the higher summits of Clough Head and Great Dodd. Calfhow Pike certainly has its own distinctive character and this picture taken close in does not do it justice.
|We had our lunch in this shelter on Great Dodd LDW-019|
|Judy - seeing the mist clearing on LDW-026 Clough Head|
|Muriel Bridge on the Old Coach Road|
We now had a 3.5 mile walk back to High Row and we took off to scamble over White Pike and we joined the Old Coach Road at 348229. We crossed Muriel Bridge and found this was an enjoyable steady walk to our car in clear conditions with the road taking us back consistently at around the 1300' - 1400' level to High Row, which was reached just short of 5.30pm. No grumbles from Judy - an excellent walk, enjoyed by both and great activating with 29 stations in my logbook.
The next day was not good weather wise and Sunday was even worse, once again an optimistic weather forecast cost us dearly.....read on and 73 for now....
|Route profile of the Five Wainwrights around Matterdale|