Wednesday 14th November 2012
Start point: Longlands (NY 266
Sca Fell -
- Trusmadoor -
Distance: 6.9 miles
Total Ascent: 673 metres
Time Taken: 2 hours 40 minutes
Start Time: 10:20
Weather: Warm but windy on the tops. 12oC
Firstly, thanks to all (the many!) who
attended the book launch in Keswick and Bowness this weekend, it was
great to meet so many of the StridingEdge family and I was humbled by
the amount of people that had travelled from far and wide to attend the
event and meet Dougal and Casper (and two blokes that have brought a
book out!). Thank you.
The weather has completely turned around
from my last walk with the temperatures reaching a heady 12C and the
snow has completely disappeared from the fell tops now. I wasn't
expecting much from the weather but was pleasantly surprised when the
weather was much brighter than expected on these rather dull fells. The
wind however was biting up there and it was really quite cold on
It was a bit dull but Grasmere was flat calm on the
way past today.
Binsey and Over Water from the climb to Longlands
Longlands Fell summit.
It was mighty windy once up on the top (as
demonstrated by my able assistant, Dougal) and hat and gloves were
required from here.
The view to Lowthwaite Fell with Skiddaw to the right
beyond Great Cockup.
The small cairn on Lowthwaite Fell.
The route to Little Sca Fell (following the path up to
Drama over Skiddaw.
Looking over to the Solway Firth from Brae Fell.
The path to Little Sca Fell, left to centre.
High Pike and a hint of blue sky.
Sun on Brae Fell.
Lowthwaite Fell and Longlands Fell.
A spontaneous outburst of sunshine.
The sunken wind shelter on Little Sca Fell.
Knott from Great Sca Fell.
The steep descent to Meal Fell, Great Cockup beyond.
A solitary figure walks the path to Meal Fell.
The valley of the River Ellen looking to Over Water
Meal Fell, the summit is the small shelter to the
Looking across Meal Fell summit.
Little Sca Fell, Great Sca Fell and Knott from Meal
Windswept Casper, nine years old on the 15th November.
The view along Burntod Gill.
The Back o' Skidda' from Great Cockup.
Dougally Doo and Casperoonals on Great Cockup.
Today's tale from the fells...when I was descending
steeply towards the River Ellen, I could see by looking at the lie of
the land the best route of descent. I could also see a crossing of the
River Ellen and a path on the opposite bank marked by the gap in the
bracken. The person a little further ahead of me had a hand held GPS at
which he was intently gazing. He managed to descend the horribly steep
way without lifting his eyes from the screen and continued across a bog
towards a crossing of the River Ellen which would have been a nightmare,
as it goes into a deep ravine further downstream from the crossing. I
could see him looking around for a crossing place when I was well on my
way back to Longlands...they are alright those GPS's but sometimes it's
better just to look!
Following the wall back to Longlands.
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