Sunday, 24th October 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Allerdale Ramble, Combe Gill, Bessy Boot, Tarn at Leaves, Glaramara, Allen Crags, Sprinkling Tarn, Seathwaite Fell, Stockley Bridge
Start Point: Seathwaite Grid Reference: NY 235 122
Distance: 10.2 miles Ascent: 3,540 feet
Time: 7 hours    
Weather: A dry day with clear skies giving excellent all round visibility. A high chill factor in the wind made exposed ridges very cold.
Comments: The weather forecast promised a good day and for once they were right. Six walkers set out from Seathwaite following the Allerdale Ramble. This was followed for a short time before turning on to a track heading towards Thornythwaite Fell. At a convenient point we crossed Combe Gill to ascend the steep flanks of Rosthwaite Fell to the summit of Bessy Boot. The route now turns south west passing by Tarn at Leaves to Glaramara. The normally easy scramble to the summit was made a little tricky because of ice covering the rocks. Leaving Glaramara we make for Allen Crags where lunch is promised as an incentive. Descending towards Esk Hause we pick up the path heading towards Styhead. At Sprinkling Tarn we leave the path to “bag” the last Wainwright of the day which is Seathwaite Fell. After a trickier descent than anticipated we join the Styhead route once again down to Stockley Bridge and the track back to Seathwaite.

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A clear, frosty morning as we head out along the Allerdale Ramble . . .

 

and climb alongside Combe Gill . . .

 

and Rottenstone Gill, with views back down the Borrowdale Valley

 

Honister Crag looms large with Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag to its left

 

Looking north from Bessyboot . . .

 

while Great Gable touches the cloud to the west . . .

 

and Rosthwaite Cam lies to the south

 

The 20 foot scramble was a bit tricky today . . .

 

but the views were great, with Derwent Water and Skiddaw to the north . . .

 

and Great Gable, Pillar and High Crag topping out to the west

 

Glaramara's main top from the second cairn which is only slightly lower, but with less impressive views

 

High House Tarn with the Langdale Fells in the distance

 

Looks like someone's been doing a 'balancing act' . . .

 

on Allen Crags . . .

 

which has good views to The Langdale Pikes and Windermere . . .

 

with Bow Fell and Esk Pike towards the south

 

Dropping down to Sprinkling Tarn . . .

 

Great Gable and Green Gable are only a 'hop, skip and jump' away!

 

From Seathwaite Fell the cars come into view . . .

 

but it is still a long way down . . .

 

even after a steep, rocky gill has been navigated . . .

 

but the path is finally in sight

 

Karen enjoys a spectacular tree canopy on our descent to . . .

 

Stockley Bridge . . .

 

and back along the road to the cars

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