: Déjà Vu.
Or was it?
8th June 2016
old computer having died on me and the new one not yet arrived......
the dreaded Armboth Fell......"
on, I thought, that sounds familiar. By a remarkable
coincidence those words that seemed so relevant for today, were
written for BB0724
Wainwright's Worst Wet Walks!
nine years ago.
old computer is dying- crashing many times a day and
my new one arrives on Thursday. And once again
we were off
to the dreaded Armboth Fell.
was indeed Déjà Vu
forecast was for a post-noon high probability of intense
rain potentially coupled with hail and lightening. Although
it was a glorious morning, did we really want to be
exposed on the open fell in those conditions?
excuse not to visit Armboth Fell is a good one. it
is one of those hills that once you have
experienced its extreme bogginess,
you will have no wish to return. Ever. Unless
of course you are with people who are doing the Wainwrights
and you can't find an excuse like needing to wash your
hair or to do the ironing. Now we had a superb
still headed north, curious to see the new road that
is now open alongside Thirlmere, the January storm damage
having now been repaired. However I forgot all about
that and drove along the wrong side of the lake, the
west side, up to its north end where we parked for our
first revised objective: Raven Crag.
is a steep but relatively short climb through the woods.
The latter part is puzzling. Regular steps
have been installed completed with roofing felt on the
front lip. Why? Totally artificial, it must
be for tourists who are promised a hill to climb and
are bussed up a forest trail so that they only have
a steep but brief and safe climb to the summit.
climbing a stair way to Raven
on the Raven
is indeed a fine view point, with vistas north to Skiddaw
and Blencathra, east to the Helvellyn range and south
over the length of Thirlmere.
& Helvellyns from Raven Crag
the staircase we came to a canteen but unfortunately
it wasn't open for business. Was this for the
from Castle Crag
descending the rough path back down to the car, we explored
the Castle Crag ancient hill fort area- another magnificent
view point but with a slightly hairy path to its top.
objective was High Tove so we moved the cars across
the Thirlmere dam with its commemorative plaque (see
to the A591. It is another short but steep climb,
this time mostly on open fell, to the top of Wren Crag
following which it is a pleasant undulating stroll along
the ridge to High Rigg, passing a nice little tarin
with a lot of dragon flies intenet on making more dragon
dragon fly tarn
south to Thirlmere
the dragopn flies in flagrante delico
under a cloud
now the clouds were gathering and there were drops of
rain as we descned to the pass where we took advantage
of the porch of St John's church as a lunch stop.
sun was shining again when we emerged and took the path
that winds along above St John's Vale. The café
at Bridge farm was shut due to flood damage so we carried
on along the path, at times uncomfortably close to a
steep drop, and back to the car.
did we do then? Of course we headed for the King's
Arms. At last! It really was Déjà Vu time.!
Wednesday 8th June 2016
On the way home we discovered that the south side of
the Lake District had had the torrential rain that had
been forecast and the roads were partially flooded in
places. We had made the right decision.
Pictures from Mike
Coast to Coast Walk
has for some time wanted to do Wainwright's
Coast to Coast Walk from St Bee's Head in
Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire.
some time to spare, he thought he would
make a start with Terry to keep him company.
can read his entertaining report at: Coast to Coast Day 1.
you have mapping software you can follow his route by
downloading his gpx file: C2C1.
8th June 2016
+ 5.7 = 8.1
climbed in feet:
+ 1191 = 2186
Crag, High Rigg
John, Mike, Robin, 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 bb1622 .
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
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