The final central fells

After the previous weeks bagging that just left 3 summits to complete the Wainwright central fells book. To say I’m obsessed is maybe an understatement. The weather forecast was mixed with the threat of a shower. As they say ” no such thing as bad weather just the wrong kit”. Tanya and Ray came along to walk with us.
We parked at the National trust car park just before Ashness bridge. Luckily we all have National trust badges so don’t get ripped off with extortionate parking charges! We walked towards Ashness Bridge and took the path heading up towards Walla Crag. Though a little murky Derwent water looked gorgeous.
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It was a steady climb up and the weather was improving.

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As we headed up the path veered off to the left towards our first summit Bleaberry Fell. The path was easy walking with a slight rocky scramble near the summit. On the top, the views were amazing.

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From here it was a boggy trudge over to High Seat. My Pacer poles made excellent helpers for steadying my leaps over the bogs as well as a helping hand from Ray. Tanya said she was certainly facing her bog fears on this walk.

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No chocolate brownie treats instead coca cola cupcakes!
Onwards to High Tove then down a boggy descent towards our lunch stop at Watendlath.

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In all the years I’ve lived here, I couldn’t believe I’d never visited Watendlath before. It was beautiful and apparently the cakes in the tea shop are legendary. Though didn’t go on this occasion.

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Onto the final summit of Grange Fell and the final one to complete in the Central fells. Black clouds were coming and it started to rain. En route Ray treated us to more poetry!
A very quick photo and it was off back down to get out of the weather.

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The grassy descent was very slippery and I’m always extra cautious remembering how easy I damaged myself on similar terrain last year.
We descended back to Watendlath and then followed the river back towards Ashness bridge.
I had forgotten to pack my battery pack, iPhone batteries are not the best! I said to Tanya I’m on 20% let’s walk quicker, I hoped I get back to the car so my track of the walk would record.
A very brief photo stop at the Surprise view before ploughing on back to the car.

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Back to the car with 5% to spare! The boys were not far behind us and off to the pub for our walkers reward! A pint of sunbeam was just the ticket.

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So another great day in the hills with friends and another book completed. 171 done 43 to go….

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2 thoughts on “The final central fells

  1. I will have to wait till September 2015 before visiting the Lake district again. But following your adventures while you go through the Wainwrights keeps me at the Lakes. Great pictures as well.

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