Another walk with limited time until sundown. We had head torches with us just in case but would not have been much fun navigating through the forest in the dark.
From Bowness Knott carpark at Ennerdale. That there behind the trees is Bowness Knott and we want to get up there somehow. Jonathan sensibly suggested that we walk back up the road a bit to find the path.
It's a fairly common occurrence in the Lake District: whenever you think a slope is impossible or whenever you are really happy with yourself for managing to get up somewhere, some clever dick has built a wall up it.
We eventually decide on a tough route through the woods, coming out at Brown How.
Herdus - we could do with being up there
From Brown How, Pillar and Pillar Rock visible over the valley. Slope of Starling Dodd on the left.
from left - Pillar Rock is the bump on the left flank of Pillar then the coll of Wind Gap moving up to BlackCrag, on to Scoat Fell and the nub of rock that is Steeple (middle of picture)
We decided to head up the waterfall of Rake Beck - more steep climbing but direct.
looking West back over Ennerdale Water with Bowness Knott in front below
top of Great Borne
view up to Starling Dodd - Pillar et al. behind
Starling Dodd summit with Pillar behind
Melbreak behind, Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike to the right
up to Red Pike
but we decided to head down to Ennerdale Valley. We followed Dodsgill Beck down to the forest
Crag Fell on the other side of Ennerdale Water. Photo taken just before we went into the woods
Crag Fell again from the shore road. Crag Fell Pinnacles visible in silhouette
another eight miles and two more Wainwrights