Sunday, 11th September 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Thirlmere, Raven Crag, Dale Bottom, Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High Tove, Armboth Fell, Cockrigg Crags
Start Point: Lay-by 0.6 miles north of Armboth car park Grid Reference: NY 306 181
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 3,300 feet
Time: 7.75 hours    
Weather: Rain all day with very strong winds on the high fells
Comments: Setting out in light rain the climb to Raven Crag was quite sheltered but we couldn't take advantage of the great views that can be enjoyed on a good day. Descending initially by the service track made for easy walking but when we moved into the valley the bracken and eroded path was hard going. We made good time from Dale Bottom to Walla Crag but as soon as we approached the crag we met the full force of the wind. As we were leaving the Crag the rain eased and we found a sheltered ravine where we could eat our lunch in relative comfort. The wind and rain increased as we made our way across and up to Bleaberry Fell where it was difficult to remain standing. From here the route over High Seat, High Tove and across to Armboth Fell was extremely wet underfoot and the wind and rain were incessant. Fortunately the group remained high spirited with suggestions that this was an 'interesting challenge'. From Armboth Fell it was difficult to cross the first beck, which was in spate, and a detour had to be made to a higher point to get across. As we were descending Cockrigg Crags there were a number of small streams to cross - when the water hadn't decided to flow down the path itself! We were relieved to reach the road and quickly made our way back to the car - rather wet!!!!!

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The trees some shelter as we climb . . .

 

towards Raven Crag . . .

 

where a cairn marks the 'Wainwright' which Kath . . .

 

and Marie add to their photo collection

 

Another one for Marie on a very, very windy Walla Crag . . .

 

before we find a sheltered gully to stop for lunch

 

By the time we reach Bleaberry Fell it is difficult just to remain standing

 

After a challenging walk along the ridge we finally reach the unremarkable 'Wainwright' of Armboth Fell

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