Saturday, December 31, 2011

Rannerdale Knotts

A very wet fell walk today.  I had planned to do a 8 mile walk taking in Rannerdale Knotts, Knott Rigg, Ard Craggs, Sail, Eel Crag, Wanpole and Whiteless Pike.  However, following a detour up Sail Beck looking for an appropriate place to cross and a recalculation in light of the heavy rain, we doubled back meaning that Rannerdale Knotts was the only Wainwright claimed today.  According to Wainwright, book 6, Rannerdale is the setting of a fierce battle in which the Norman invaders were ambushed and routed by the English in the years following the Norman Conquest.

climbing up Rannerdale Knotts, view back over Crummock Water

looking across to Melbreak

getting higher

looking South East over Buttermere, Fleetwith Pike is to the middle left

Newland's Pass on the side of Robinson

Friday, December 30, 2011

Grange Fell, Great Cragg, Ullscarf, Sergeant's Crag and Eagle Crag from Rosthwaite

Fell running today.  Finally the wild winds we have been having died down but there was snow and rain on this run.  Here's the route:

beautiful Borrowdale

Dock Tarn

cloud coming in

looking back from High saddle to Low Saddle

snow coming down now

loving it


just over the top of Heron Crag, looking back down Langstrath Beck

I think that's Bessyboot & Bull Crag on the left

dropping down now after negotiating the cliffs of Eagle Crag

I want to get on that path

Eagle Crag, complete with cliff face

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Blencathra and family

From December 2009, a walk with my dear old dog Oscar who emigrated (it's a long story).  There's a fair bit of bagging going on here but it was a great walk:

setting off from Mungrisdale Village in the dark

cold and frosty day

towards Blencathra

no Oscar, you don't need to go all the way to the top!

Sharp Edge - avoided today for two reasons: ice and a dog with vertigo

close up of Sharp Edge

barking because he was having so much fun

scales tarn below

bit of snow

that's the top

the less than impressive Mungrisdale Common

heading back down from Bowscale Fell, tired now, camera away