Sunday, 3rd August 2008




Walk: Glaramara - Bessy Boot, Tarn at Leaves, Rosthwaite Cam, Coombe Head, Glaramara, Allen Crags, Sprinkling Tarn, Styhead Tar, Stockley Bridge
Start Point: Seathwaite Grid Reference: NY 235 122
Distance: 10.8 miles Ascent: 3,400 feet
Time: 7.15 hours    
Weather: A very unsettled day with frequent heavy showers and sunny intervals
Comments: With a wet start and an even wetter finish Seathwaite lived up to it’s name as the “wettest place in England”. The heavy rain made the crossing of Coombe Gill a little more hazardous than normal and the wet conditions made many of the rocky paths and scrambles slippery. Despite the damp conditions the cloud base was generally above the fell tops and the visibility was generally very good. Five walkers attended and for Kath and Marie it was a case of third time lucky as their last two attempts at Glaramara had been spoilt by mist.

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Looking back up the Borrowdale Valley with Castle Crag left of centre and Skiddaw in cloud


Happy to reach Bessy Boot after a long slog up the steep hillside


Tarn at Leaves from Bessy Boot


Another view of the Borrowdale Valley and Derwent Water, just before climbing onto Coombe Head


Steve and John in conversation on Coombe Head


The path to nowhere - or as Wainwright puts it,  a twenty foot rock step!


Glaramara . . .


from where there is yet another view of Derwent Water and Skiddaw in cloud


A perfect spot for lunch - how did Ray manage to time the stops just when it had stopped raining?


The Seathwaite Valley from the path to Allen Crags


High House Tarn - Wainwright considered this to be a 'perfect mountain tarn'


The Langdale Pikes on the left with Lingmoor Fell in the centre and Windermere in the distance


Windswept on Allen Crags


Esk Pike from Allen Crags


Bow Fell hides in the cloud


Sun and cloud over Sprinkling Tarn and Seathwaite Fell


A brighter looking Sprinkling Tarn - anyone for a swim (it has been done!)


Heading down to Styhead Tarn


Styhead Tarn and our route down


A meeting of paths near the Mountain Rescue box


Great End towers above Styhead Tarn . . .


and behind Styhead Gill


A narrow wooden bridge takes us across the Gill . . .


to head down past Greenhead Knott . . .


and on to Seathwaite Valley


Ray takes in the view from Stockley Bridge . . .


looking back up Grains Gill

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