Date & Time: Saturday 26th May 2007. 11.30 am start.
Location of Start : Horsemoor Hills nr Orthwaite, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 253 337 )
Places visited : Great Cockup, Trusmadoor, Meal Fell, Great Sca Fell, Knott, Great Calva, Little Calva, Dash Falls, Peter House Farm.
Walk details : 8.76 mls, 2850 ft of ascent , 6 hrs.Highest point : Knott, 2310 ft ( 710m )
Walked with : Jo Hall, John Paterson, myself and the dogs (Roger at work today).
Weather : Dry and increasingly sunny, but a cool northerly breeze at times.
John and Jo at the start of the walk.
Using two cars we parked the first at Peter Hose Farm, and the second near Orthwaite, which allowed a direct start onto the bridle path below the fell known as Little Cockup. John sets off with Polly, the other dogs are close behind.
John pausing on the slopes of Great Cockup, above Brockle Crags.
Behind is the summit of Bakestall, and Broad End, part of the northerly slopes of Skiddaw.
The view from Brockle Crags out over Bassenthwaite Lake, with Sale Fell on the left and Watch Hill on the right.
We're looking north here to the Solway Firth and Scotland in the distance.
Chance for the dogs to enjoy a cooling dip on the summit ridge of Great Cockup.
Far below now, Dash Falls and hopefully our return path.
Behind is the distinctive peaked shape of Lonscale Fell.
All the dogs with Jo and John on Great Cockup, the first Wainwright summit of the day.
Our route ahead showing Meal Fell in the centre (with the grey stones)
with the slightly pointed summit of Little Sca Fell on the left and Great Sca Fell with the fast moving shadow on the right.
Jo descending towards Trusmadoor.
Meal Fell summit cairn and our lunch spot.
Suitably refreshed, Jo and Jodie are ready for the off again.
The view back along our ascending path from Meal Fell to Great Sca Fell.
It was steeper than it looks.
Harry and Bethan on Great Sca Fell. High Pike is the rounded fell in the distance.
Summit of Knott, our fourth summit of the day.
All that remains to achieve the fifth one is to cross the moorland grass
and walk a short distance up the ridge to Great Calva.
Bog Cotton in the foreground of this view of Skiddaw.
Jo on the summit of Great Calva, with Foule Crag on the Blencathra ridge behind.
Wonderful long distance views south towards the Helvellyn Ridge and Thirlmere.
The high Central Fells are showing above the Lonscale ridge in the middle distance.
A close up view showing the lonely Skiddaw House Hostel and Thirlmere in the distance.
Doubling back we pass the minor summit of Little Calva.
The coloured shapes in the heather on the slope opposite are a result of controlled burning in past years, in order to encourage new growth of heather for the grouse.
A wider panorama now as we start our descent through the heather to the track below.
Somewhere down there is Dash Falls.
The steep descent was very tricky as the heather hid the very undulating and potholed path alongside the fence.
My dogs were already in the stream below before we were half way down.
Suitably refreshed after their dip in the stream the dogs had time to climb back up and relax in the sunshine.
More cotton grass as we crossed the beck and climbed a short distance to the track. Binsey is once again in the background of our photos as we turn for the car.
Brockle Crags on Little Cockup, where we started, is on the right of the photo.
Dash Beck just before it plunges over the edge and becomes Whitewater Dash, or Dash Falls as it is also known.
A final view and the signpost to Skiddaw House
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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon G7 Digital camera.
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Previous walk - 22nd May 2007 Loweswater Farmers Group Day Out
A previous time up here - 10th April 2006 One Cockup after another - or "Making a Meal of it"
Previous walk - 30th May 2007 Grey Friar, Swirls and Great Carrs for Jill