Sunday, 28th February 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Small settlement of High Borrans, Sour Howes, Sallows, Kentmere and Kentmere Tarn
Start Point: High Borrans Grid Reference: NY 432 010
Distance: 10.5 miles Ascent: 1,700 feet
Time: Easy 6 hours    
Weather: With storms promised for the south, we expected a blustery day. It turned out to be overcast and windy on Sallows, but otherwise cool and crisp.
Comments: With no rain over the last few days, the ground was dry under foot until we reach Sallows where we encountered frozen snow and a cold wind. Hastily leaving Sallows we headed for the shelter of Kentmere and lunch. Returning past Kentmere Tarn and along tracks and paths for a very enjoyable day.

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Ready to start at High Borrans

 

We make our way up the track and onto the fells . . .

 

where we get a glimpse of the snow covered Coniston Fells in the distance

 

Looking back on Borrans reservoir . . .

 

and later Dubbs reservoir with Windermere in the distance

 

Higher up the Langdale Fells come into view

 

Mandy demonstrates her limbo technique

 

Luckily help is on hand when things don't go to plan!!

 

The group assembles on Sour Howes . . .

 

where we get our first view of Stony Cove Pike in the distance with Thornthwaite Crag in cloud to the right

 

Further to the East, Kentmere Pike has the most snow cover

 

Later on we find a sheltered spot for elevenses

 

Before starting the climb up Sallows . . .

 

Kentmere Pike comes into view once again over Cowsty Knotts . . .

 

with the Scandale Fells to the West

 

Now, where did I put ..... ?

 

Zooming in towards the Nan Bield Pass . . .

 

before descending to the Gatesgarth Pass

 

The Coniston fells are highlighted by sunshine as Gary makes his way to the top

 

Not much chance of opening this gate today!!

 

Having negotiated the gate we make our way down to Kentmere . . .

 

and out of the snow . . .

 

to find signs of Spring in a Kentmere garden

 

We stop for lunch by the church . . .

 

before continuing past Kentmere Hall

 

Making our way to Kentmere pottery we pass this peacock (despite our best efforts he refused to display hit tail feathers)

 

On  the home straight

 

We reach our starting point - pausing only to look at this unusual chimney

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