Sunday, 7th September 2014

Walk: Raven Crag, Castle Crag, Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High Tove, Armboth Fell
Start Point: Lay-by 0.6 miles north of Armboth CP Grid Reference: NY 307 183
Distance: 14.5 miles Ascent: 3,630 feet
Time: 8 hours
Weather: Perfect....Dry, sunny
Comments: Five walkers joined the leader today for a walk over the fells to the West side of Thirlmere Reservoir. The weather forecast was good with prospects of splendid views from the tops being visited today.
After a short section of road walking we headed off up the ascent to Raven Crag which was completed with ease despite the fallen trees which abounded en route. Stopping briefly for group photos and taking in the views down onto the reservoir and over to the Helvellyn Range we made our descent back to the forest track below. Ian had checked up on Castle Crag which is listed as a Birkett so that was our next stop. Castle Crag Fort ( British hillfort) a short but worthwhile diversion, tea break was approaching and we headed back through the forest and down to spot beside the weir on Shoulthwaite Gill.
Having reccied the next section of the route previously it was decided to go an alternative way as the planned footpath was overgrown with fern, braken and bramble making progress difficult. The alternative followed a path along the base of High Rigg and onward through Dale Bottom and then on to the ascent for Walla Crag and a lunch stop with views over the Western Fells, Keswick and as far as Dumfries over the Solway.
Lunch over we started the route over the Fells visiting Bleaberry Fell, High Seat and High Tove…. Ian and Ray led the way across the marshes (The Pewitts) good job! One final AW for the day, Armboth Fell.. not an easy one to confirm, no piles of stones to mark the top and several to chose from… Kath checked grid ref and confirmed that we were on the right rock. Descent from the fell was by way of Fisher Gill and then back to the car park via the lakeside footpath…. A long day but enjoyable.
Forgot to mention the flypast by Lancaster Bombers and Red Arrow display team, great sight as they flew through the valleys and over the fells. The internet revealed that they were heading to and from air displays at Port Rush and the Great North Run …….

Thirlmere dam

A pleasant section of the climb with Raven Crag's eastern face appearing

The last stretch to Raven Crag

First Summit - Raven Crag

I wonder if AWstood here?

This is also a Birkett says Ian

View from the Fort - Splendid!

Elevenses at Shoulthwaite Gill

Spectacular Blencathra

Where are the cowboys?

Lunch on Walla Crag

Such a perfect day!

Second AWSummit - Walla Crag . . .

where there are views to Bassenthwaite and Keswick . . .

and across Derwent Water to Catbells and the higher fells

On Bleaberry Fell

Spot the Bomber . . .

a zoomed-in photo to help you locate it!

Not just one . . .

but two Bombers!

High Seat - number 4

High Tove - having negotiated the wet bit!!!

Impressive looking from this side . . .

we think this is Armboth Fell

The final destination - back to Thilmere

Not a minute's peace Mum......Ramblers again..Bahhhhhhh

Taking it easy at Armboth car park . . .

before following the lakeside path back to the cars

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