A team walk on Wednesday in search of suitable premises
for downsizing looked a tough one, so Tony and
I made our excuses and opted for a leisurely day on
forecast had suggested that the southern Lakes were
likely to be shrouded in mist for much of the day so
we decided to head north. A good decision as it turned
out. We could barely see the pub as we crossed Kirkstone
Pass and the fog remained thick as we descended. But
by the time we’d parked up at Glenridding some of the
lower tops could be seen.
plan was to head up to the old lead and silver mine
workings at Greenside
– now the site of Glenridding Youth Hostel. This valley
is a fascinating area with a rich history.
cloud over Place Fell
a mile into the walk, Tony was starting to blow a bit
and we had the first of two or three "JPL"
stops – the ones where you ask questions about the view
without having the slightest interest in the answer!
he soon found his second wind and we pressed on steadily.
It had been my intention to go up Sticks Pass but a
complete lack of concentration as we chatted meant that
I completely ignored the turning at Greenside and pressed
on up Kepel Cove. I admitted the error to Tony although
I needn’t have because, as Tony said, the only route
he knows how to get up and down in the Lakes is Striding
o’clock came and went as we neared the top of the climb
but we pressed on as a strong, cold wind and a complete
absence of any suitable place to get out of it delayed
Whiteside and Raise
the saddle between Whiteside and Raise we
spotted a small clump of rocks which provided
a small amount of shelter.
out and a quick brew, team photo, and the
highlight of the day for me. Tony (not me
– Tony!) suggested we should go up Whiteside
and back down again before continuing over
Raise so as to do two Wainwrights. I can’t
remember this ever happening before.
West Fells from lunch stop
to the Dodds from Raise summit
Sticks Pass to Greenside
and Ben, Glenridding
over Raise it was a pleasant descent down Sticks Pass
and back to the valley as we discussed Tony’s ambitions
to go up Scafell Pike.
(Anquet / Harvey's)
climbed in feet:
(Anquet / Harvey's)
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