Sunday, 31st May 2015

Walk: Carrock Fell and Bowscale Fell
Start Point: Mungrisdale Village Hall Grid Reference: NY 363 202
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 3,000 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Mainly dry and windy with scattered showers in morning
Comments:

Six ramblers, including the leader, set off for a walk in the Northern Fells. The weather forecast was reasonable for the majority of the day. Heading north from the start, following the road  for approx. 1.5 miles, to the ascent up Carrock Fell - a tough little path testing the calf muscles. We stopped briefly for a quick break near the summit as shelter was found in a small ruined enclosure. Then it was on to  Carrock Fell ( 661m) where Pat declared this was her 60th Wainwright and our leader declared that his camera was running out of battery power so very few photographs today. We continued east over Round Knott and Miton Hill reaching the Cumbrian Way where the planned route headed South. Les and his mate Tony were drawn to the nearby High Pike to bag  the top while the remaining party continued on the Cumbrian way following Grainsgill Beck into the valley below, stopping briefly to wonder at the  remains of Carrock Mine which was best known for  its output of Tungsten.  Reaching the River Caldew it was as the guidebook describe….  Uncrossable. So onward down the valley to the footbridge at the Roundhouse where we stopped for lunch before the ascent to Bowscale Fell.  The ascent was long and almost defeated our leader who lagged behind the group and declared that he wanted to cut the planned route short and return to Mungrisdale following the escape  path to the north side of Bannerdale Crags. Les and Tony continued on to  Bannerdale Crags to claim another Wainwright while the rest followed the leader off the fells. All agreed that a good day was had and even the weather was better than forecasted.

Leaving Mungrisdale

The start of our ascent up Carrock Fell

Tony's bag in the way!!!

Carrock Fell - - - - a bit windy!

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