Sunday, 11th July 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Above Derwent Fells -  Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Sail, Crag Hill, Wandope, Outerside and Barrow
Start Point: Roadside on Newlands Road Grid Reference: NY 233 221
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 4,400 feet
Time: 8.5 hours    
Weather: Rain and wind at the start clearing to a sunny afternoon
Comments: A very windy and wet start to the walk with 9 walkers making their way up to Causey Pike, a sheltered spot was found for morning coffee and with rain easing it was on over Scar Crags and Sail with the views improving all the time. We then made our way up to Crag Hill then on to Wandope. Lunch was taken looking down on Coledale Beck then we walked down almost to the mine, and climbed up Outerside and on over Barrow with a pleasant descent, on what had become a sunny afternoon, back to the Cars having bagged 7 Wainwrights.

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The forecast nice weather seems to be having a lie in this morning as we prepare for off

 

Heavy overnight rain makes crossing streams difficult

 

Clouds hide the tops as we approach our first objective (Causey Pike) . . .

 

and the view is not much better in the valley

 

But the cloud lifts as we approach the steep section

 

The views begin to improve even more

 

Scar Crags come into view as cloud lifts higher

 

Looking back on Causey Pike (our last top of the day can be seen on the left)

 

High winds blow the cloud away as we climb Sail and Crag Hill

 

Sail Beck makes is way down to Buttermere

 

A very windy Crag Hill summit

 

The weather becomes brighter as we descend towards Wandhope . . . 

 

where we get excellent views towards Knott Rigg

 

Ian points out some of the landmarks

 

From the zig-zag path at Coledale Hause we can see Outerside (our next top)

 

But first we have to pass by the old mine workings at the head of the Coledale valley . . .

 

while more evidence of heavy rain thunders from the crags above

 

From the summit of Outerside . . .

 

we can see . . .

 

our next and last summit (Barrow) . . .

 

where we spend some time admiring the view before returning to the cars

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