Monday, April 6, 2015

Red Pike

from the top of Red Pike looking over a cloudy Ennerdale Valley.  Yesterday's Crag Fell sticking out through the clouds.

Plan for today was to try to get some decent mileage in.  Setting off from Ennerdale, trying out a new track over to Buttermere and then back over Scarth Gap into Ennerdale with the option of a valley bottom run or, if we were feeling really energetic, climbing up Black Sail Pass and along the tops.

Setting off from home, it looked like the cloud was very low.  Good opportunity to practice map reading I thought.  It turned out that the cloud would burn off (although it seemed to sit over Ennerdale all day).  From Bleach Green, we ran around the shore line and picked up the footpath over to Flouten Tarn and down into Crummock/Buttermere.  It soon became apparent that it was going to be a hot day.  We ran along the Crummock Water shore line path for a bit and decided to climb up Red Pike via the steep path through the woods.  This seemed a better idea than carrying on to Scarth Gap.  The Climb up to Red Pike did us in.  It was hot.  This is always a steep climb but I can usually manage it ok.  Maybe I was still a bit run down but by the time I had reached the top, I was all up for taking the shortest way back.  Options were to drop steeply into Ennerdale from Red Pike or from a bit further along between Red Pike and Starling Dodd.  Another option was to go over the tops of Starling Dodd and Great Bourne and pick up the track from Flouten Tarn that we had said all the way up would be a good run down.  We planned to do the latter but a twisted ankle and boulder to the ribs from Jonathan, along with sore feet from me helped us to make the decision to walk the last three or so miles from Starling Dodd.

Starting out at a cloudy Ennerdale, it was pretty much the same view when we got back

claggy over the Flouten Tarn route

but clearing up as we reached the crown of the track.  That's Flouten Cop on the left.

views got better as we descended towards Crummock Water

Crummock Water now in view

From the Crummock Water shoreline track, we continued on and climbed the steep track through the woods up to Bleaberry Tarn and on to Red Pike.  Being Easter Sunday, we met some people with little awareness of where they were.  "Does your map show an easier way down?" one of them asked.  I thought of the route over the top of Red Pike and down towards Scale Force.  I tried my best to explain that it was still a tough climb to the top of Red Pike and there was greater chance of them getting lost and suggested they go back the way they came.  When we stopped for a rest just beneath the last scree climb of Red Pike, it did look as though they had started to follow us up.  Oh well.

Bleaberry Tarn from about halfway up the final climb

Jonathan's facial dexterity sums up how we both felt at this point

topless sunbather on Red Pike summit

looking back towards Red Pike.  If you look carefully at the rocky patch, you might be able to see one of Jonathan's ribs

Starling Dodd, looking West

encroaching carpet or lovely Wild Ennerdale

Jonathan was excited to find some easter eggs

1:50k OS Map

1:25k OS Map

Crag Fell and Grike

from the top of Crag Fell looking up the Ennerdale Valley (Red Pike is the pointy fell on the left that we will be on top of tomorrow).

I had planned an ascent of Crag Fell as Wednesday's Hardly AC run.  Wednesday wasn't great weather and it seemed as though nobody else was going to come so Jonathan and I set off from Ennerdale at about 6.30pm and thought better of going all the way to the top when we saw it covered in cloud with about an hour left of daylight.

On Saturday, after sitting in with a poorly daughter most of the day, I headed out at about 4pm to explore the area again.  I knew there was a track up through the woods and found this to be a much more direct route to the top rather than the route up the front.

got to be the best way up, but would also be a lovely way down

just as the track reaches Ben Gill, the top of Crag Fell comes into view.  The path continues up along the edge of the top ridge.  The first time I went up here, I climbed one of the gulleys.

heading along the cliff top path now

summit cairn looking over to top of Ennerdale Valley

Grike summit cairn is visible to the right.  Sellafield can be seen on the horizon to the left

Grike summit

looking back towards Crag Fell.  Nice rolling downhill to Ben Gill and the option to head back down that nice forest track.  Some snow is still visible on Pillar in the distance.

There is another nice descent from Grike, along the forest track which lies just to the south of the summit.  Head West over a fence and then follow the trod downhill where it meets up with the forest track.  From here, take nice descending tracks through Heckbarley woods to the road at Scaly Moss, turn right here and keep going right around to Ennerdale Bridge and then back to Bleach Green car park.  I've been that way quite a few times so today, I decided to explore a bit and headed back in the opposite direction to the path junction at Ben Gill and then on to explore some of the crags around Crag Fell.

looking down one of the many gulleys to Ennerdale lake

further along and Angler's Crag comes into view on the left and Crag Fell Pinnacles straight ahead

some of the gulleys looked enticingly descendable

traversing under the pinnacles

from the top of Angler's Crag now, the path back down to the car park is visible left to right.  There is also a lower path.  Nice long descent so no stopping for photos here.

Figure of eight sort of route, nice little run out.

Sale Fell

top of Sale Fell looking over towards Skiddaw in cloud

I'd already had a busy morning
Good Friday evening run around Sale after feeling a bit ropey the day before and having a chill out day around Keswick with Hannah.

I was still a bit low on energy so just plodded my way around, trying out different tracks and trods.

Nice to get out as always.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd

Sheffield Pike looking over Ullswater.  The boundary stone can be seen on the left with the M on it

We were on training in Penrith on Friday so planned to hit up Gowbarrow on the way home.  My planned route was to park at the Glencoyne NT car park, go up and around Glencoyne Head, over Watermillock Common and then pick up the usual Gowbarrow track.  There was a fair bit of snow and ice over Glencoyne Head so we doubled back over Sheffield Pike and then on to Glenridding Dodd.  We found a track down through the woods and spotted a couple of deer on they way.  A lovely evening, always nice to get out after work and, typing this on Saturday morning as it is pouring with rain outside, glad to have a few Wainwrights in already this weekend.

Jonathan and Dean at Bleabank Side

Dean on Sheffield Pike

and me on Glenridding Dodd

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ling and Sale

head torch procession along Sale Fell shelf

Good Wednesday night Hardly AC run tonight.  A gentle run up Ling Fell, Jonathan turned his anke half way up.  He carried on to the top and then hobbled back down.  At the cars, he set off home while the rest of us went up and around Sale Fell.  Lovely night, good climbing practice with good people.

weak ankled Ashworth

top of Ling Fell

coming around the corner at Sale Fell

top of Sale Fell

Friday, March 13, 2015

latest running

last few miles on the Ullswater Trail

No updates for a while mainly because my phone needed to be sent away for a repair so I hadn't taken any photos.  I've still been getting the runs in.  In particular, I had a really nice run around Ullswater with Howard.  Quite a fast pace for me, I was done in for the last few miles.  I also went on what was supposed to be a recce of the Helvellyn Triathlon run course but we took a wrong turn at the start and didn't go up Swirral Edge due to snow and ice.  Still a nice run out with Rachel, Dean and Jonathan and we bagged the summit of Birkhouse Moor on the way up.

as far as we were getting on this run
 thanks to Rachel and Howard for the pics, got my phone back now so watch this space.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sale and Sale

Well this blog was originally conceived to document my Wainwright ascents.  I've been up Sale Fell twice this week but shockingly took no pictures!  Wednesday was a lovely sunny day off.  Today, it was blowing a gale, so bad that I cut my run short and headed home for a bath.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Place Fell

looking back from the first climb up to Boredale Hause.  Brothers Water is on the left (to the left of the woods).  My car is parked near here.  Hartsop above How is the peak above the woods with St Sunday Crag on the right although both are disapearing into the clouds at this point.  Hartsop Dodd is to the right of Brotherswater.  The track visible from the centre of the picture going off to the mid right takes you to the A592 (main Glenridding road).  It curves around below those trees on Hartsop above Howe.  I followed a track at the start of the trees, thinking it might cut the elbow off the road but it seemed to be carrying on up to the tops so I turned off to drop steeply through the woods.

A midweek day off is a strategy I like to employ.  It breaks the week up easily and by Wednesday I've recovered sufficiently from weekend exploits to have a decent day out.  The forecast for today wasn't great so I planned a lowish level trail run around the Ullswater area.  My original plan was to go over Boredale Hause and into Boredale but the skies cleared a bit and I was having fun so I decided to head for Place Fell.  I cut off the path and climbed steeply up to Round How (which I'll admit, I thought was the summit) from Round How summit, I saw the distinct trig point on the summit of Place Fell across the way a little.  I headed over, the path was covered in a lot of snow so I had to find an alternative.  The snow was very deep in parts, particularly coming off Place Fell over to Low Moss.  I took a left at Low Moss, skirting in front of High Dodd on a nice track along the side of Scalehow Beck.  This joined up with the shoreline path along Ullswater which I followed back to Side Farm and on, cutting across to Deepdale Bridge before taking the little detour up through and back down through the woods to the car park.

looking back from the steep climb up to Round How.  Beda Fell directly across and the same Hartsop Fells and others visible on the right.  High Street ridge will be at the back.  Clearing up a bit eh?

Place Fell summit (the one on the right) from Round How

Place Fell summit, looking over towards High Street at the back.  It looks like The Nab in the middle

this got a bit tiring after a while

back on the shoreline track.  A good run

from my little woodland wander looking back to Place Fell