Sunday, 21st July 2013
||Birk Knott, Little Coum, Grayrigg Pike, Whinfell
beacon, Castle Fell, Mabbin Crag, Ashstead Fell, Low Borrowdale
||NY 605 014
||Dry, sunny and warm
||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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