Sunday, 9th August 2015

Walk: Little Langdale, Blea Tarn, Cathedral Caves and Colwith Force
Start Point: Walthwaite, Elterwater Grid Reference: NY 329 051
Distance: 13.5 miles Ascent: Approx. 3,000 feet
Time: 7 hours
Weather: Low clouds with light rain in the mornng, gradually clearing to light clouds and no rain

From Elterwater we contoured around Lingmoor Fell and got soaked.  The bracken had grown to 6’ in places and was wet from the early morning rain.  Having escaped the bracken we had our mid morning break by Blea tarn before heading for Pike of Blisco.  Due to the clouds still being low, we missed out the top to find the path down Wrynose Beck.  Now drying out we had lunch by the road up to Wryness pass with our next port off call being the Cathedral Caves.  Here we took in the three levels of the quarry before exiting via a 100mtr tunnel.  Torches are essential as the tunnel is pitch black.  The final stretch was via Colwith Force and Skelwith Bridge.

Low cloud and misty but raring to go

Smiles gone, heads down and will this rain stop?

Mid morning lunch by Blea tarn and under pine trees to keep out of the rain

No photographs of Pike of Blisco, too much rain and mist, but by lunch it was dry

Wrynose Beck provided an ideal lunch stop

By the central column in Cathedral Caves

A slightly higher level with a shear drop behind them and amazing colours of the rocks

Who moved, me or them. Not the best of pictures but it shows the total darkness of the tunnels

Little Langdale Valley with Lingmoor Fell ( now out of mist ) in the background

Heads down and heading for home and Colwith Force

Racing waters at Colwith Force . . .

and a slightly lower angle

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