|Walk:||Whatshaw Common, Little Yarlside, Great Yarlside, Wasdale Pike, Harrop Pike, Lord's Seat, Robin Hood, High House Bank|
|Start Point:||Lay-by on A6 near memorial||Grid Reference:||NY 554 062|
|Distance:||12 miles||Ascent:||2,300 feet|
|Weather:||Beautiful sunny day|
The walk was basically a horseshoe around Crookdale with the addition of a slight detour to pick up Wasdale Pike.
The cars were parked high on the A6 so there was not a great deal of climb up onto Whatshaw Common the first of the seven Outerlying Fells listed in Wainwrights book we would visit today.
Once there the challenge was actually finding the true summit which was very indistinct and as with many other Outerlying Fells would be almost impossible to locate without a GPS reading a 10 digit grid reference. However, after climbing over barbed wire fencing we were all able to claim this summit and press on. The terrain for the day by now was clear to all, as there were no footpaths to follow so the best use of farmers’ sheep and deer tracks was made wherever possible. Once over Great Yarlside we stopped for 11’s before shooting off to Wasdale Pike. Harrop Pike made for a great lunch spot and the views from here, as from everywhere all day, were quite stunning with the sky being so clear. Dropping down from Harrop Pike to Lords Seat proved to be the most challenging section of the walk where the leader just took the most direct route possible until a faint track was picked up which led on over the southern ridge from Lords Seat to High House Bank. From here we dropped down, again over very rugged ground, to Crookdale Bridge before climbing steeply back up to the cars on the A6. Quite a sting in the tail for all 6 on this walk!
The group stops . . .
to check out the Memorial
Whatshaw Common, the first of seven Outlying Fells on this walk . . .
marked only by my GPS
Looking towards Little Yarlside . . .
ans looking back as the group heads to . . .
Unusually the Trig station on Great Yarlside . . .
is marked by a circular metal plate sunk into concrete . . .
but the Outlying Fell summit . . .
is marked by a few rocks
Time for elevenses . . .
as we detour to . . .
Heading back from Wasdale Pike on our way to . . .
Harrop Pike . . .
with views to Branstree and Harter Fell
Time for a bit of fun . . .
before we prepare to leave . . .
initially following a faint path . . .
before following the most direct route . . .
towards Lord's Seat
View down the Borrow Beck valley
Another track heads towards Robin Hood . . .
almost there . . .
on Robin Hood
Robin Hood, Robin Hood - but where are the Merry Men?
Looks like they've arrived at the nearby beacon . . .
where Robb(in) checks out the valley for signs of the Sherrif
Tony takes a closer look at the small cairn on High House Bank . . .
from where we can see the Borrowdale Valley
Zooming in on the cars - an hour's walk away
The nearby more impressive cairn . . .
overlooks the surrounding fells and valleys
Crookdale Bridge . . .
with a more impressive view in the opposite direction