Sunday, 20th June 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Cat Bells, Hause Gate, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Tongue Gill, Castle Crag, Grange, Manesty Park, Brandelhow Park, Hawes End
Start Point: Roadside on Grange road Grid Reference: NY 248 209
Distance: 10.6 miles Ascent: 3,170 feet
Time: 7 hours    
Weather: Sunny and hot for most of the day
Comments: We arrived at the usual parking spot by the cattle grid to find that this area has now been closed off to parking. However, a little further along the road to Grange we found a lay-by that was most suitable. A short walk back along the road brought us to the zig-zag path that leads up to Cat Bells. The couple of scrambles on the way were quite easy to navigate and the views were fantastic with good light for the camera. After dropping to Hause Gate we made our way up to Maiden Moor where we stopped for our morning break. A clear path took us on to the 'beehive' cairn of High Spy before we began the descent to the disused Rigghead quarry. Various 'holes' provided interest as we descended the slate path through the quarry and down Tongue Gill. After numerous promptings that it was lunch time the leader finally conceded and we found a grassy spot with views over Borrowdale to the Stonethwaite Valley - a diversion to Eagle Crag was quickly dismissed at this point! Instead, a small diversion from the Allerdale Ramble track took us up the steep, shale zig-zag path to the summit of Castle Crag, worth the climb just for the views. Taking the track through Grange, with time to spare and a beautiful day, we took the unprecedented action of stopping at a cafe for our afternoon break!!!! Four teas and one coffee later we were on our way through Manesty Park and Brandelhow Park with numerous opportunities for photos over Derwent Water.

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The views are spectacular as we start the climb up Cat Bells . . .

 

and to the east, Causey Pike and surrounding summits stand guard over the Newlands valley

 

The final climb to the summit of . . .

 

Cat Bells  . . .

 

with more views of Derwent Water and Keswick . . .

 

Karen spots two young walkers . . .

 

enjoying the summit at 7 months and 2 years

 

As we have a morning break on Maiden Moor . . .

 

views to the north take in Bassenthwaite and Skiddaw

 

Sheila takes a rest on High Spy . . .

 

before descending through the quarry . . .

 

where the men take great interest . . .

 

in the 'holes'

 

Looking down Tongue Gill into Borrowdale . . .

 

where we finally stop for lunch . . .

 

and enjoy views of the Stonethwaite valley

 

The Allerdale Ramble passes to the west of Castle Crag . . .

 

but we make our way up the shale track . . .

 

passing the 'slate graveyard' . . .

 

I'm sure these were little cairns last time we were here!!

 

The summit rocks sports a war memorial to the men of Borrowdale . . .

 

and provides great views to Derwent Water

 

The zig-zag scree path - steep in places

 

Cooling off in the River Derwent . . .

 

but we preferred the comfort of the cafe

 

Boardwalks make for easy walking through Manesty Park . . .

 

and there are lots of opportunity . . .

 

for photos of . . .

 

the lake (or should I say 'water')

 

The wooden carving commemorates the centenary of Brandelhow Park being acquired by the National Trust . . .

 

and Karen checks out the fingernails!

 

Victoria Bay with Walla Crag across the water

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