Date & Time: Saturday 18th March 2006. 11.45 am start. ( NY 110 153 )
Location of Start : Bowness Knott car park, Ennerdale, Cumbria, Uk.
Places visited : Herdus, Great Borne, Starling Dodd, Smithy Beck and back.
Walk details : 5.7mls, 2,350 ft of ascent , 5hrs 10 mins.
Walked with : Angela, Ann and the three dogs, Bailey, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Cool and breezy, a few clouds but a beautifully sunny winter's day.
Ennerdale Forest sign at Bowness Knott.
The view as we crested the rise from Lamplugh to Ennerdale was never better.
Ahead was Great Borne and its lower peak of Bowness Knott, and behind were the snow covered peaks of Pillar, Steeple, Haycock, Caw, down to Crag Fell and Grike on the right.
Crag Fell and the old farm house at Bowness Point.
Our starting point for the climb was back up the road a short way.
The view as you reach any high point is usually delightful - today was no exception.
As we topped the rise the high peaks appeared, all beautifully covered in snow.
A close up on Green Gable and Great Gable at the head of Ennerdale.
Pillar Rock on the right hand side, can be seen standing out as the darker rock on Pillar fell side.
Ennerdale Lake spreads out below us as we climb again.
We follow the beck up as it takes a sharp left turn, and makes it way up to the highest slopes of Great Borne.
The Fox Bield on the way up Rake Beck.
Here, where the stones were more plentiful, a farmer of old had constructed a circular walled trap with a circumference of no more than six feet (2 metres). It was a similar depth and smooth sided so any fox lured into it by the bait would get trapped and could be caught and killed.
Angie tops out above the falls
after a steep final climb up the path through the rocks and heather.
Off the slope, into the wind.
We diverted left, over to the western end of the fell, to the minor summit known as Herdus
That panorama rises again
from near our lunch spot on the front of Herdus.
Bethan and Harry waiting near the top of the snow slope.
Four wheel drive and automatic crampons were a great help to get to the top first.
The summit of Great Borne looking down on Low Fell and the Lorton Valley.
The rocks up here were an unusual pink granite, and were rounded stones, unlike the flat Borrowdale slate we were used to further up the valley.
The girls at the Great Borne summit trig point.
An eastern panorama from the trig point.
The notice says please walk round the conservation area.
Ahead was the snowy slopes of Starling Dodd.
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Ann and I on the top of Starling Dodd.
The summit sculpture made from old fence posts,
with its winter backdrop of Green Gable, Great Gable and Kirk Fell.
Ahead was Red Pike and the High Stile ridge.
A passing grey cloud gave a flurry of snow and clothed the tops for a minute or two before moving on.
Our route was downward from here on.
We turned right and cut down over the grass and heather covered sloped towards the firebreak in the forest below.
The upper reaches of Ennerdale from the juniper tree.
Blue skies were once again the order of the day.
We made our way down through the trees onto the forestry track and then down the way marked footpath of the Smithy Beck Trail (red route). In the forest were the remains of old houses and charcoal pits, part of the old industry of Ennerdale, which included iron smelting, hence the name Smithy Beck.
Down by the lake
Time for Harry to take a swim after a thrown stick or two, despite the cool nature of the water.
A last look back, with glorious afternoon sun on the lake.
Back then to the car and home.
Our first lambs of the season on the Lamplugh fields
The farmers in some areas have had lambs for three or four weeks now, but our recent walks have been towards the higher fells so we have not seen this season's new arrivals till today. The Loweswater flocks are not due to lamb for another week or two.
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Previous walk - 17th March 2006 Rannerdale to home - a longer dog walk
A previous time up here - 3rd August 2003 A Voluntary Wardens Walk, Smithy Beck, in Ennerdale