: Sunrise, Sunset
24th November 2016
As we climbed out of Ambleside up the aptly named Struggle,
we were greeted by the sun rising over Wansfell. It was a beautiful, clear day. Cold but not viciously so- just around
Leaving the road, we set off up the gentle(ish)
ridge path to Red
Screes. The distant hills looking
splendid in the morning glow.
There was soon snow underfoot- slightly crispy on top, of unpredictable
depth underneath if your step broke through.
It became increasingly hard going, with or without microspikes- John,
Robin and I preferring with. Bryan and
Martin without (though how they remained upright on the sudden icy patches perplexed
you see Blackpool Tower?
Naturally we kept well away from the Red
Screes edge with its precipitous drop to the
Kirkstone Inn. We weren’t yet so
desperate for a drink!
down on the Kirkstone Pass and the Inn
Red Screes Summit
Dodd and Brotherswater from Red Screes
From the top of Red Screes we dropped down to the Scandale
Pass col, some by the direct route struggling at times through the increasing
slush, John and I by traversing to the wall then dropping down keeping to its
east side where the snow had been protected from drifting and from the sun so
was still frozen- on top at least. Adjacent and opposite versus hypotenuse. No Pythagoras
The col was the decision point. Bale out down the pass or press up to
Dove Crag then down the ridge to complete the Scandale Round.
We decided on the latter but took lunch before setting off.
Initially it was easy but we pioneered a new route through
the snow to the High Beckstones cairn. That was very
After the cairn it was much less steep so Robin, Bryan and I
pressed on to Dove Crag whilst John and Martin had a relax by the wall.
The descent along the ridge to High Pike then Low Pike was
at times a little tricky but much easier going down than up.
By this time, in a still clear sky, the sun
was setting behind Wetherlam.
Eventually we left the ridge and dropped down to the rather
ugly track installed to serve the Hydropower turbine.
back up to the Scandale Round
It was dusk by the time we
completed the Scandale Round and reached the pub in
Ambleside. It had been a glorious day and we
could have quite happily lingered longer in the Golden
Rule but common sense prevailed. After all, some of us would be on child
minding duties before sunrise and then again after sunset the following day.
Thursday 24th November 2016
to Bryan for some of the photos
it is hard to believe that the slim guy in the photos
is Tony. It's also hard to think of him behind
the wheels of a kit-car as opposed to a motor-bike but
once upon a time his pride and joy was his Marlin that
he built himself.
course, it was the building not the driving that interested
him. Once complete, he sold it. To see it
and Tony, in action click on Marlin.
24th November 2016
climbed in feet:
Screes, Dove Crag, High Pike, Low Pike
John, Martin, Robin
shown: Anquet Harvey's 1:25k
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1641 .
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- 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.
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