Sunday, 21st September 2008

             

         

 

Walk: Dodds - White Side, Raise, Pile of Stones, Sticks Pass, Stybarrow Dodd, Watson's Dodd, Great Dodd, Little Dodd, Calfhow Pike, Clough Head, (6Wainwrights)
Start Point: Legburthwaite Grid Reference: NY 318 189
Distance: 13.9 miles Ascent: 4,000 feet
Time: 7 hours    
Weather: The weather was cooler than expected with a broken covering of cloud allowing some sunshine at times. No rain encountered all day.
Comments: A short gentle climb led us to a much dried out path that took us to Fisherplace Gill. At this point the hard work of the day commenced by ascending directly to White Side. Of the 12 people who started the walk 3 found the going a little tough and decided to break away from the group. The remaining 9 had a good walk along the tops before descending and returning to the start via the high level route along the shoulders of High Rigg.

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A waterfall near Stanah

 

Footbridge across Sty Beck Fall . . .

 

and its nearby waterfall

 

We gain height quickly as we begin the climb . . .

 

but there is still a long way to go

 

Brown Cove Crags with the route to Helvellyn on the left

 

Gary doesn't look too sure about the route ahead as we stop for 'elevenses' on White Side

 

Marie checks out the summit cairn on Raise

 

Where's the finishing line?

 

The group passes Stybarrow Dodd summit cairn as they go to check out the view

 

Concentrating on lunch on Watson's Dodd, but all too soon . . .

 

it is time to move on

 

The dogs help to carry the load whilst Mum and Dad take the children, at Great Dodd shelter . . .

 

Marie takes a photo of the summit cairn but looking back . . .

 

we can see Catstye Cam and just make out Helvellyn over the successive layers of fells

 

A brief detour to Calfhow Pike . . .

 

before we head up to Clough Head . . .

 

where John finds a spot for an 'arm rest'

 

Gary enjoys the descent to the Old Coach Road

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