Date : 6th June 2003 pm
Place : Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell
Event : A walk with Ann
Distance and time : 5 miles 1950 ft of ascent, 4 hours (including diversion)
Weather : Fine but windy on top, cooling as the afternoon passed.
Parking was at Great Wood Car Park, at the side of Derwent Water.
Beware timber operations.
A steady climb up though the woods, by the Cat Gill ravine.
Nearing the top, we climb through more mature trees and out onto the open fell.
As we do, our view improves with every foot climbed.
Falcon Crag and the head of the lake. The high fells of Borrowdale behind.
A pause for breath, and a picture of the grey haired photographer for a change !!
(not really . . . just a trick of the light . . . I hope. )
The view from Walla Crag
over looking Keswick, and the Skiddaw and Blencathra fells.
Behind us, the prospect opens for the rest of the walk.
Bleaberry Fell is the highest point right of centre, Low Moss in front.
A delightful tree and minor fall on the infant Cat Gill stream.
Low Moss implies wet ground. Cotton grass confirms it too.
Gentle climbing to Brown Knotts.
Des. Res. with Altitude !! But what is it ???
Grouse Shooting Hut, RSPB Shelter, Path-Fairies Bothy, Home of the Bleaberry Hermit ??
Read on while you decide . . . .
The Top of Bleaberry arives after a series of small false summits.
A good cairn and low shelter, with extensive views all round.
Here looking across to Blencathra again.
Time for a break, but get out of the wind first.
The summit shelter was small but what a view !!
Back down now, past the hut used by the path repair team.( yes - the Path-Fairies Bothy it was )
A new section of pitched pathway led us off the summit. Good work lads !!
A diversion over to the Ashness Gill Falls, but the ground was rather too rough for comfort,
and the path non-existant, so we retraced our route back to Brown Crags.
A view of the head of the lake as we rounded the crags.
From there it was back to Great Wood, and the car.
To round off the afternoon / evening, we stopped at what was the old Climber's Bar,
now the Riverside Bar, at the Scafell Hotel in Rosthwaite.
( Not a bad pint of Theakston's thanks )
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