: Not Too Shabby !
10th June 2015
18 miles and 8,700 feet ???
wouldn't you panic if that is what you thought you were
being asked to do?
did wonder if Bryan had an ulterior motive when he chided
me for suggesting an Eastern Fells trip when the weather
and length of day begged for us to travel further afield.
when I then proposed the Coledale Round, back he came with
those frightening statistics. However, on closer
reading it became apparent that it was he who was aiming
for those figures, leading a group of the Kendal Fellwalkers
"A" team, and, as he was unable to join us
today, he wanted us to do a PARTIAL reconnoitre for
reason for choosing this route, other than it providing
many Wainwrights for John and Terry, is that I knew
it was one of Stan's favourites. Another is that
I hadn't been there since BB0613
despite having been seriously impressed with the experience.
Thank you, Bryan, for stirring me into action.
Coledale Round- Grisedale Pike to the right
climb up Grisedale Pike from Braithwaite seemed relentless
and ever steepening but once completed you have the
major hard work out of the way and can enjoy the relatively
less arduous undulations of the Round.
down the ascent route of Grisedale Pike
back to Grisedale Pike
Head is reached by arching round Hobcarton Edge and,
as before, Stan took the path by the lip and I (and
well away. However the edge, path (indeed most
of the paths seen today) seemed much wider than I recall
and, as a result, less exposed.
can just see Stan, in front near the edge
back round the edge to Grisedale Pike
Coledale Hause we picked up a motorway that led up through
much more gentle terrain, turning left at the col for
Crag Hill (a.k.a. Eel Crag). Here taskmaster Stan
at last allowed those starving to eat but insisted that
only 15 minutes would be permitted. To be fair,
we still had a lot of ground to cover.
Terry, Martin and John not looking down Coledale and
over to Skiddaw
Crag Hill and Sail is The Scar- a narrowish ridge with
steep drops on either side.
down to Sail Pass and up to Scar Crags is an altogether
different matter- long, wide, artificial, serpentine
paths in both directions before another narrow ridge
is gained, this time to Causey Pike.
back to Sail and (Eel) Crag Hill
serpentine path to Causey Pike
to the south from Sail Pass
to the east from Causey Pike
our track over its triple (or is it quadruple?) peak,
we then dropped down on a path through deep heather
to High Moss, surveying en-route the areas about which
Bryan wanted our report. The route he was contemplating
pioneering seemed already to have been developed by
others into a distinct path through some bracken and
the penultimate Wainwright of the day, Outerside, a
steep but not too long climb, again via a trail through
Stile End and Barrow with Grisedale Pike behind, to
our paths diverged. I wanted to continue along
the ridge and approach Barrow via Stile End. The
others favoured the more direct traverse. Theirs
proved a little quicker but we reconvened at Barrow
Door for the final ascent of the day, a relatively gentle
one to Barrow.
recuperating on Barrow in front of the Coledale Round
From then on, it was all downhill
via High Coledale to Braithwaite. Except, that
wasn't where the car was parked. We had a short bonus
climb back to where the car had been left at the start
of the walk.
outing finished at the Royal Oak where we initiated
the new BOOTboys
toast. Rather than the ubiquitous and rather
boring "Cheers", we now celebrate the day
with the salutation "To
At least that should puzzle those around us!
Bryan, we didn't manage 18 miles and 8,700 feet but
I don't think 11½ miles and 4,800 feet too shabby
a performance for a bunch of old men. In fact
it's our biggest for 5 years.
Wednesday 10th June 2015
Bryan's route starts at Stoneycroft
(NY232217) and goes over Barrow; Sail; Crag Hill (Eel
Crag), Wandope; Whiteless Pike; Grasmoor; Lad Hows;
Rannerdale Knotts; Ard Crags; and finally Causey Pike.
Priest's Hole Cave
week I made reference to our lack of visit
to the Priest's Hole Cave.
has informed me that as part of a series
called Secret Caves, an item about the Priest's
Hole was featured in Trail Magazine in April
on the picture to find out more.
10th June 2015
climbed in feet:
Pke. Hopegill Head, Eel Crag / Crag
Sail, Scar Crags, Causey
Pike, Outerside, Barrow
John, Martin, Stan, Terry
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1521
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - or for the totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see the Excel
file: BB Log.
can navigate to the required report via the Home
have been gleaned from many sources
from me and other BOOTboys. Likewise written comment.
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copyright. Please let me
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otherwise, please feel free to download the material
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see which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
may or may not be up to date!
For the latest totals
of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.
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