Sunday, 22nd September 2013

Walk: Lonscale Fell, Skiddaw Little Man, Skiddaw, Bakestall, Whitewater Dash, Great Calva, Skiddaw House
Start Point: Underscar Road Grid Reference: NY 281 253
Distance: 13 miles Ascent: 3,900 feet
Time: 6.75 hours    
Weather: An overcast, but dry day. Mist and strong winds on the higher fell tops. Poor visibility in the morning, improving in the afternoon.
Comments: Six walkers joined the leader for this walk in the Northern Fells. Starting at 980 feet above sea level, we followed the Skiddaw path for a while before turning east for Lonscale Fell. After visiting the pike, we retraced our steps and continued on to Skiddaw Little Man, where we watched the farmer rounding up his flock for a time. Carrying on to Skiddaw we were enveloped in mist and buffeted by the strong winds blowing across the summit. It was a welcome relief to begin the descent to Bakestall, where we were sheltered somewhat from the wind, and gradually emerged from the mist. On reaching Whitewater Dash, we crossed the stream, and followed the fence to the summit of Great Calva. One of Great Calva's principal assets, besides the view, is the sturdy stone shelter which we managed to squeeze into for lunch. Following lunch we descended to Skiddaw House where we joined the Cumbria Way and back to the cars.

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Onwards and upwards

 

The North Western Fells shrouded in mist

 

Derwent Water and a small patch of blue sky

 

A glimpse of Thirlmere before we head into the clouds

 

Lonscale Fell

 

Skiddaw Little Man

 

Skiddaw

 

Bakestall

 

Whitewater Dash

 

Are you sure this is a footpath?

 

Dead Crags

 

Great Calva summit

 

The Cumbria Way with Skiddaw House and Lonscale Fell in the distance

 

Great Calva

 

Helvellyn and The Dodds in the distance

 

Whit Beck

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