Sunday, 3rd June 2012
High Spy, Rigghead
Quarries, Castle Crag,
Grange, Manesty Park, Brandelhow Park
||Hawes End, farmer's field
||NY 247 213
||Overcast with a cold wind on the
||Due to lack of interest because of the
Diamond Jubilee weekend the planned walk had been cancelled.
Consequently a small contingent ventured to the northern Lakes where
the forecast was for a dry day. The
route headed up the northern end of Cat Bells where we met a group of
school children from London. After a short break at the summit we
continued on to Maiden Moor where discussions about it's exact location
took place. It was then a relatively easy walk to High Spy and down to
the disused Rigghead Quarries - and lots of 'holes' to explore. A grassy
banking provided the ideal spot for lunch before making our way round to
Castle Crag. There we met another group of boys from the same school as
the previous group. The come to the Lakes every year and had two more
groups out today, one doing the Coledale Round and another doing the
Allerdale Ramble. Quite an achievement for the school. As the day had
warmed up by this stage a stop at Grange for an ice cream was in order
before making our way back through Manesty Park and Brandelhow Park.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
Arriving on Cat bells . . .
just ahead of a group of school boys
Derwent Water and Keswick
Looking back to Cat Bells . . .
as we approach Maiden Moor (Are we really sure this is the right spot?)
Looking across Scope End and High Snab Bank to Whiteless Pike
High Spy is obviously marked . . .
with a smart cairn
Heading through Rigghead Quarries . . .
the men take time out to explore . . .
the various tunnels . . .
and pose for an alternative shot
John & Robb inspect and old pulley system . . .
while I take in the views of Borrowdale . . .
and Jenny checks out the climbing hut . . .
which is securely locked
At another tunnel . . .
the rails reveal its use
Our lunch spot has good views down Stonethwaite Valley
Heading for Castle Crag with Derwent Water in the distance . . .
and Derwent Water again from the summit
A young family enjoy playing on the rocks
Descending the scree path of the spoil heap . . .
before checking out a memorial plaque
Is this my best side . . .
or should it be this one?
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