My first time in the Lakes
Wednesday 27th JulyButtermere Fells, 10 miles from Gatesgarth, Honiston Pass: Haystacks 597m, High Crags 744m, High Stile 807m, Red Pike 755m, return via Scale Beck and Buttermere villageI was looking forward to this walk as I had seen it described as being "the best of ridge walking" and I believe Haystacks was Alfred Wainwright's favourite. I took the alternative right-hand, less trod, path for the accent as I prefer to be away from the 'crowds'. I knew this would have a steep final few metres, but wasn't expecting the very tricky (for me) twenty metre or so scramble up a narrow rock gully (Crack or Chimney? I don't know the proper terms), with a 'jammed' bolder half way up. From the top, looking back down the way I had come up, it appeared to be a shear drop with no path. That kept the adrenaline pumping for a bit.Amazing how different these four peaks are. Haystacks relatively low, but lots of small rocky outcrops (reminded me of Crimpiau and Creigiau Gleision in the Carneddau). Then the more open rocky tops of High Crags and High Stile, with the strong contrast of the pinky/red scree slopes of Red Pike. Nice return via Scale Beck and Scale Force waterfall, before stopping for an outdoors pint at one of the Buttermere pubs.Thursday 28th JulyDrizzle, low level circular walk in Borrowdale from Hallows Farm, 4-5 milesNot much to report, but pleasant views to Castle Crag by the camp site and south across to the higher peaks, as and when the clouds broke.Friday 29th JulyScarfell Pike, 10 miles from Seathwaite: Grains Gill, Broad Crag, Scarfell Pike 977m, Sty Head, Sty Head GillWell, it had to be done. I hadn't really planned for this one as I thought the walk and summit would be too crowded (wasn't wrong). However, having seen the 'Scars' from Bow Fell and found that the parking was free at Seathwaite, I thought a short route would be in order, despite the low cloud. I took the right-hand path northwards from the farm, then went east to cross Styhead Gill and Grains Gill at the footbridge to head on up Gains to Esk Hause before ascending the path to Broad Crag and Scarfell Pike. The low cloud prevented my seeing anything from the top, but I dropped down to Broad Stand, between Scarfell Pike and Scarfell, in the hope of seeing something. I did manage to get a shot of some climbers on the north side of Scarfell before the cloud thickened and I had to resort to map and compass to navigate my way down to Hollow Stones and then round to the Corridor Route for my return.Saturday 30th JulyReturn to WiltshireBusy and boring motorway. M6 between junctions 20 and 14 particularly slow. Took an hour longer than the drive up (five and a half, instead of four and a half).
Sunday 31st JulyI need a restWashing and sorting gear. Knees still feel tender, a little bit of swelling making them stiff.Taking quite a while to type this into the computer and sort out a few images to post in my profile gallery.
A very good trip it would seem. You certainly got plenty of walking in. I was at Great Langdale earlier this year and I love the area so thanks for the post and the pics.
On your first few walks, you mention the long lowland walk ins. You could've avoided those valley sections by staying at the National Trust's Great Langdale campsite so I'd be interested to know why you chose Baysbrown Farm if you had planned to do Langdale Fell, Bow Fel, Crinkle Crags et al? (That question is in sense a criticism, I'm just curious.)
And I certainly agree the M6 is almost always a bloody nightmare
Or take the bus to the ODG, stops just outside the campsite but the walk per se is no big deal, did it meself a couple of times and it's pretty relaxing really.
Cracking week, no faffing around there!
Edit: actually, I noticed the "full" sign was up on monday (I was in Great Langdale Monday/Tuesday) at the NT site...
Plan to leave the car next time and move on to a different site each night.
Or come back to the car after three or four nights and move off again.
Arriving at a different site is always more of a pleasure.Cheers.
Pete, Just looked through your pics.A really nice record of your
first trip, and really clear shots too. Especially number two, surprised the hills were as empty as they appear. Cheers.
Sceptical Bastard wrote (see)
(That question is in sense a criticism, I'm just curious.)
Of course what I meant to type was in no sense a criticism
Thanks for your positive comments folks.
To answer your question SB, I'm a tight bastard and the Baysbrown Farm site worked out at seven quid per night including the car, where as the NT site would have cost me twelve quid with the car. It all adds up over a number of days. Trying not think about the petrol cost from Wiltshire and back!
Moonlight, I also noticed the 'Camp site full' sign at the NT but, as I mention above, I'd planned to go as cheaply as possible.
Waldo, I always try to leave the tent early to avoid the masses. Although there were quite a few people around, I guess it's a case of when and where I pointed the camera!
P.S. My apologies for not spelling Scafell correctly. Now too late to edit my original text.
pete_rbg wrote (see)
Thanks for your positive comments folks. To answer your question SB, I'm a tight bastard and the Baysbrown Farm site worked out at seven quid per night including the car, where as the NT site would have cost me twelve quid with the car.
To answer your question SB, I'm a tight bastard and the Baysbrown Farm site worked out at seven quid per night including the car, where as the NT site would have cost me twelve quid with the car.
Yeah, I thought that might be the case but I was too polite to say so.
I agree the NT site is comparitively expensive. That aside, I think the facilities and location are very good. The tumble driers and the drying room are particularly handy, both 'old' and 'new' pubs are near and it's dead handy for the Langdale Pikes and Lingmoor Fell.
I might give Baysbrown Farm a try next time though.
OK MS, you've sold it to me
Dead handy for Brown How and Lingmoor too - it's now in the must-do list.
You can can even connect to the Weatherlam/Swirl Howe range, via some pleasant low level walking or Black Fell/Holme Fell.
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