Sunday, 9th January 2010

   

            

 

Walk:  Two tops only - Blawith Knott and White Boran cairn
Start Point: Roadside car park Grid Reference: SD 289 898
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,700 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Apart from one shower, it was an improving day with sunshine in the afternoon. The temperature was cool but a strong wind made it seem colder.
Comments: A nice gentle walk to get back into our walking mode. By climbing Slatestone Fell and using paths around Houkier Hall Bank and Subberthwaite Bank we arrived at Blawith Knott for Lunch. From Blawith Knott a panaramic view of the south lakes comes into view with tops today being in snow. Taking the extra little hill above Beacon Tarn brought out " not another climb" from some of the group but with no real complaints. 7 people enjoyed the day.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Gathering for the start

 

Rob chooses an 'airy' spot for elevenses

 

A firmly shut gate - but it is a right of way

 

We'll stay here where it's warm

 

Disappearing water - down a 'sink hole'

 

Checking out the route at Giant's cave . . .

 

and it looks like we are heading . . .

 

up Blawith Knott

 

Phil takes it easy at our lunch spot

 

From the summit . . .

 

the snow-covered summits are touched by low cloud . . .

 

but they are still worth a few photos

 

The unnamed tarn . . .

 

has a thin covering of ice

 

A lovely green path takes us on to . . .

 

Beacon Tarn . . .

 

where Rob and Ray wait for the rest of the group

 

Phil decides to check the thickness of the ice . . .

 

but sensibly soon retreats

 

Arriving on Beacon . . .

 

a rainbow graces the sky . . .

 

and it looks like Phil should have the pot of gold!

 

Leaving Beacon, with its rather prominent GEO Cache box . . .

 

we head towards Coniston Water . . .

 

with views of the distant snowy summits

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