Sunday, 31st March 2013
||Dow Bank, Grasmere, Easedale Tarn, Stickle Tarn,
Pike How, New Dungeon Ghyll, Side House, Oak Howe, Baysbrown, Yew
Crags Quarry and Elterwater.
||Walthwaite Bottom, Elterwater
||NY 329 051
||Dry and cold but with clear
skies making for good visibility.
||After ascending to Dow Bank, we
descended to Grasmere. Turning northwest we followed the well used
track up to Easedale Tarn which was mostly frozen over. Leaving the
tourists behind the route was then on a snow/ice covered path
which ascended to a 'pile of stones' where we had lunch with
excellent views of the Langdale Fells, including Pavey Ark, Pike of
Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell. Our next port of call was
Stickle Tarn but this could only be reach by picking our way through
the heavily coated hillsides, a tumble or two being taken on route.
To avoid the possible icy path down Stickle Ghyll, we traversed
southeast for the better path coming down between Harrison Stickle
and Loft Crag. This worked quite well until a steep snow field was
encountered which required some use of a fifth point of contact i.e.
the bum. Having reach New Dungeon Ghyll our route was past Baysbrown
and through the Yew Crags Quarry and Elterwater. An excellent day
made even better with the snow.
A bright start with lots of snow promised
Descending from Dow Bank for Grasmere
Waterfalls of Sour Milk Gill on route to Easedale
Tarn (more ice than water)
Who is that using two poles?
Overlooking Easedale Tarn have we picked up a
More snow but it still doesn't look too bad until
. . .
you look back along our path from Easedale Tarn
It is now colder as the ice shows, and with the
paths now icy
View from our lunch stop with a frozen Stickle
Tarn and Jack's Rake on the right and Crinkle Crags in the distance
Jenny can't understand why Ray is at the back,
maybe it's due to the poles
Oops, but no harm done
Langdale Valley from Pike Howe
Lingmoor Fell and Side Pike in the foreground
Pavey Ark with Stickle Ghyll in the centre of the
The last snow obstacles and if you can't get down
on your feet use your bum
The Band and Bow Fell
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