Sunday, 6th September 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Seathwaite, Base Brown, Green Gable, Great Gable, Sty Head, Stockley Bridge
Start Point: Seathwaite Farm Grid Reference: NY 235 121
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 3,000 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: A damp start followed by rain, heavy at times, and mist which began to clear once we had reached Sty Head
Comments: With Seathwaite living up to its reputation of being the wettest place in England, a group eight started the climb up the path by the side of Sour Milk Gill having to stop halfway to remove layers of clothing. The scramble up a gulley onto Base Brown gave some trouble as the rock was wet and slippery, often with a covering of moss. The clouds lifted whilst on the top of Green Gable to give us views of the nearby fells then it was off and onto the rocky ascent of Great Gable taking care on what, at times, was very wet rock. The views from the top gave a brief glimpse of what might have been. The long slow descent down to Styhead Tarn was taken at a steady pace with the weather taking a turn for the worse. Having had lunch by the tarn it was decided to cut the walk short and head down Styhead Gill and the comfort of the cars.

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Our path leads up the left hand side of Sour Milk Gill . . .

 

but first we have to navigate an unusual 'ladder' stile

 

Seathwaite Slabs attract the attention of the group . . .

 

whilst higher up is Ray checking that he has locked his car?

 

Higher still another waterfall vies for attention . . .

 

and looking over the top of the waterfall we can see the Seathwaite Valley

 

The scramble up the North face of Base Brown . . .

 

is made much more difficult due to the slippery condition of the rocks

 

From here another view shows the full length of the valley

 

Mist is beginning to close in as we reach Base Brown . . .

 

but has cleared by the time we stop for 'elevenses' where we join the Gillercomb path

 

Great Gable towers over Green Gable . . .

 

but first we have to drop down to Windy Gap . . .

 

from where we have views to Ennerdale, with Crummock Water on the right  . . .

 

and over Aaron Slack to Sprinkling Tarn with the Langdales on the left, Allen Crags centre and Great End, Esk Pike and Bowfell on the right

 

Climbing up Great Gable Styhead tarn comes into view

 

The Fell & Rock Climbing Club Memorial always gets the camera out . . .

 

and is that the Westmorland Cairn just to the left of the summit cairn

 

The long trek down from Great Gable to Sty Head was quite a slippery affair . . .

 

and we are glad to stop for a spot of lunch - and yes, it really was as wet as it looks!!

 

Abandoning the planned route to Seathwaite Fell we soon find ourselves at Stockley Bridge . . .

 

where John and Karen discuss the advantages of red jackets!

 

Stockley Bridge and Grains Gill

 

Taylorgill Force - on an alternative descent route - but we have done enough scrambling for today . . .

 

and are eager to head back to the cars

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