Sunday, 31st August 2008

             

      

 

Walk: Coledale Round - Barrow, Outerside, Sail, Crag Hill, Grasmoor, Hopegill Head, Grisedale Pike
Start Point: Braithwaite Grid Reference: NY 227 237
Distance: 10.7 miles Ascent: 4,500 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: Dry conditions until midday, persistent rain for the remainder of the day. Very little wind, mist hovering around the fell tops all day.
Comments: A fairly humid but promising start deteriorated with the onset of the rain. Mist on the summits marred some of the views but visibility overall was reasonable. Nine walkers attended and said they had enjoyed the walk despite the weather.

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A humid start to the day and Tony needs to 'mop his brow'

 

Barrow with Cat Bells in the distance

 

Kath and Marie are pleased to reach the first Wainwright, Barrow - only 6 more to go . . .

 

so we had better move on

 

Causey Pike looms to our left . . .

 

as we reach Outerside . . .

 

from where we can see our return route over Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike . . .

 

whilst the mist gathers in Coledale Valley

 

Refreshed and replenished after our morning break . . .

 

we had up the path to the hause between Causey Pike and Sail

 

Ray checks out the 'island' cairn on Sail . . .

 

before the rest of the group joins him

 

After each ascent there's always a descent . . .

 

and then another ascent . . .

 

this time to Crag Hill (or Eel Crag as Wainwright insists it should be called)

 

where we are getting wetter by the minute

 

The mist closes in on Grasmoor - time for the overtrousers!

 

Whiteside seen from the stiff climb up to Hopegill Head - glad we are not doing that one today!

 

Ian poses on Hopegill Head . . .

 

followed by Marie and Kath - not much room up there!

 

From Hopegill Head Crag Hill hides behind the cloud and Wandope peeps up in the gap

 

Two gnomes on the hillside? - No, just two wet walkers stopping for lunch!

 

Mist gathers in the valley on our way to Grisedale Pike . . .

 

which is the last Wainwright of the day

 

Then it's all downhill - glad the rocky bit is over!

 

and a Rowan tree leads our way back to the cars

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