Sunday, 4th November 2012

Walk: Wray Crag, Shipman Knotts, Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell, Gatescarth Pass, Tarn Crag, Grey Crag, Great Howe
Start Point: Sadgill Grid Ref: NY 583 057
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 2,700 feet
Time: 7 hours    
Weather: Sunny with a foot of snow
Comments: A fantastic day for walking and taking in the many excellent views. The deep snow made walking more difficult the higher we got but the rewards were worth the energy expended. The climb to Tarn Crag was long and steep and we were relieved to finally spot the water survey pillar. The weather began to close in by the time we reached Grey Crag but, fortunately it cleared again and it was a relief that the final steep descent wasn't hampered by snow. Everyone agreed that it had been an excellent day.

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Snow on the tops as we set out from Sadgill

 

Longsleddale from the initial climb

 

Yoke, Ill Bell & Froswick

 

Kentmere Valley

 

Approaching the steeper climb

 

Yoke, Ill Bell & Froswick from Shipman Knotts . . .

 

from where we have views to Windermere

 

Continuing from Shipman Knotts . . .

 

with deep snow against the wall . . .

 

and a closer view of the three tops

 

Tony visualising a skiing trip

 

Looking back down our route before . . .

 

stopping for elevenses

 

Kentmere Pike . . .

 

where someone has been busy!

 

Picturesque scenes of water . . .

 

and snow

 

Tony hogs the camera- again!

 

Ice sculpture . . .

 

followed by more picturesque scenes . . .

 

showing the beauty of nature

 

Approaching the summit of . . .

 

Harter Fell

 

The build up of frost on the fence . . .

 

provides many photo opportunities . . .

 

including ice sculptures

 

An ice moustache . . .

 

or beard

 

Blea water and Kidsty Pike

 

A Winter wonderland . . .

 

and another ice grid

 

Haweswater

 

A few rocks provide good seats for our lunch stop

 

And another view of Haweswater

 

The men inspect an outcrop of vertical rocks

 

Low cloud gathers over High Raise

 

Descending to Gatescarth Pass

 

Looking towards the Mosedale Valley

 

Approaching Tarn Crag . . .

 

where we check out the water pillar . . .

 

and Christine tries a bit of rock climbing

 

A quick stop at the cairn (Wainwright) as the shadows lengthen

 

The mist draws in as we reach . . .

 

Grey Crag

 

The sun sinks lower . . .

 

but the cars are finally in sight . . .

 

at the end of a tough walk

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