Sunday, 21st July 2013

Walk: Birk Knott, Little Coum, Grayrigg Pike, Whinfell beacon, Castle Fell, Mabbin Crag, Ashstead Fell, Low Borrowdale
Start Point: Low Borrowdale Grid Reference: NY 605 014
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 2,600 feet
Time: 6.25 hours    
Weather: Dry, sunny and warm
Comments: Seven ramblers joined the leader for today's walk in Borrowdale. Parking up in Borrowdale Wood where we applied sunscreen and donned an array of protective headgear, we set off on what is described as 'An indulgence for the discerning fellwalker'. The ascent to Whinfell ridge was by way of Birk Knott a testing little struggle which once overcome opened up views of Lune Gorge below, the Howgills and beyond. We continued the ascent on to Little Coum and Grayrigg Pike for morning break, visibility was excellent and the views in all directions were splendid. The onward route on the ridge picked up a succession of felltops, Grayrigg Common, Whinfell Beacon, Castle Fell, Mabbin Crag and finally Ashstead Fell which presented views to the north and west over the A6 and the Lakeland Fells. Descending the final fell was short and steep bringing us back to Borrowdale and the green way back which followed the beck through wild flower meadows and past the 17th century farmhouse at Low Borrowdale. As we neared the end of the days trek respite was taken in the cool waters of the beck, mainly bathing of the feet with exception of one member of the party who felt the urge for full immersion.

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Are we ready to go?


Blue skies ahead down Borrowdale


Crossing the beck in black and white??


First summit of the day - Grayrigg Pike


Another summit - Whinfell Beacon


Looking down into Borrowdale


Who are these people, they keep appearing on every summit!!!!


Looking back eastwards from Mabbin Crag down into the valley


Needs a bit more than 'Two Minutes' to raise this weary rambler!!!!


Pat - - - give Ray a nudge


Approach to Ashstead Fell


Up and over


Ashstead Fell, the final top


Here they are again


Green way back through Borrowdale


John brings up the rear through Low Borrowdale Farm


Les cools down


Tony enjoys the cool waters of the beck

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