Sunday, 12th July 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor), Troutbeck Tongue, Troutbeck Village, Wansfell Pike and the Struggle (alternative ending via Wansfell)
Start Point: Kirkstone Pass Grid Reference: NY 401 081
Distance: 13 miles Ascent: 3,700 feet
Time: 7 hours    
Weather: Low cloud and light rain early on clearing to give a warm and dry afternoon
Comments: With four of the Lancashire Weekend Walkers joining us, we had 14 on the walk. The walk commenced with a climb to Stony Cove Pike where we encountered light rain and mist. Once we reached Threshthwaite Mouth the rain cleared leaving a dry day, although very wet in the long grasses of Park Fell. Troutbeck Tongue was the next objective followed by Troutbeck and Wansfell Pike. 6 of the group broke away here to find Wansfell top and bag a Wainwright. The remaining 8 descended Wansfell for the track which would eventually lead to the struggle and the cars. A good day seemed to be had by all.

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The troops gather at Kirkstone Pass car park . . .

 

and we soon start the first climb

 

A rather murky view to Brothers Water with Place Fell beyond

 

Time for a chat as we regroup

 

Descending from Caudale Moor Troutbeck Tongue comes into view

 

A rocky descent from Caudale Moor to Threshthwaite Mouth . . .

 

and a view down Pasture Bottom to Brothers Water

 

Looking up to Thornthwaite Crag, in mist, the two figures at the bottom give some perspective but if you look carefully there are more people near the top

 

Looking back to our descent as we traverse Park Fell Head

 

The weather has really improved by the time we reach the summit of Troutbeck Tongue . . .

 

from where there is a good view down the valley to Windermere

 

Disappearing in the bracken

 

Looking back to the South face of Troutbeck Tongue

 

Time to take a layer off as we prepare to start climbing again

 

Windermere from the ascent to Wansfell Pike . . .

 

and again from the Pike itself

 

Four of the six renegades who left the main group to 'bag' Wansfell . . .

 

and looking back to Wansfell Pike - nearly one mile away

 

A smart new stile - there is lots of evidence of work that has been done over the past 12 months in the National Park

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