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Date & Time: Saturday 11th October 2008 12 noon start

Location of Event : Grange Village, Borrowdale, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 252 175 )

Places visited : Grange, Nitting Haws via Low White Rake, High Spy, Rigghead Quarries, back via the Castle Crag track to Grange.

Walk details : 5 ml, 2050 ft of ascent, 4 hours 30 mins.

Highest point : High Spy 2,143ft ( 653m)

Walked with : Jo, John, Myself (Ann) and the dogs, Jodie, Polly, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Fine but with high cloud.

John and Jo at High Spy summit


The weather was fine after a day of torrential rain the day before . . . time to head up on to the fells.

With Roger at work, it was just John, Jo, myself and the four dogs today.

John and Jo looking at Castle Crag as we start our ascent from Grange.

We will be passing beneath this Crag on our way back to the village.

Polly in mid-bark, asking for treats from John.
Harry also makes his voice heard while Bethan tries a more direct approach !

Bethan enjoying a cooling beck after having a good run around.

The view towards Derwent Water.

Blencathra in the distance, with Walla Crag and Bleaberry fell just the other side of the lake.

Jo at the boulder near Nitting Haws.

John, Jo and Polly admire the view of Borrowdale from Nitting Haws.

Harry and Jodie are more interested in something off to the left !

The spectacular view looking down towards Rosthwaite. The fells above Watendlath tower to the left, with Eagle Crag and Sergeants Crag

visible in the distance to the right. The wooded top of Castle Crag is seen clearly in the foreground.

Harry does his best to encourage Jo to cuddle him, instead of taking a photo of the view !

The view she was trying to take from Nitting Haws.

The village of Grange where we started is far below, with Skiddaw and Blencathra beyond Derwent Water.

The extent of the flooded head of the lake can be seen on this photo.

Nitting Haws is the pointed rock to the right of centre, seen here from our final ascent up the fell side towards High Spy.

We reach the main path along the ridge between Maiden Moor and High Spy.

Summit photo at High Spy.

The slopes of Hindscarth are behind with the slightly cloudy Grasmoor in the background.

Dale Head Tarn catches the sun as we make our descent.

The wind was quite cool up here, so we decided to drop down slightly to find a sheltered spot for our lunch.

Lunch completed, we make our final descent off the fell through this open dog gate, at least the dogs did, we used the stile !

Bethan gets her teeth into the broken part of the dog gate.

Then it's off . . . down through the quarries.

Jodie posing in front of one of the many addits in the mine area.
John looks into a deeper horizontal mine.

Our return path can be seen to the left.

A delicate flower in a rock crevice.

There is so much water flowing off the fell side that temporary streams run over the grass, parallel to the beck.

Mini-waterfalls form at every opportunity.

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John and Jo pause under the slopes

of Castle Crag.


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Back through the woods to Grange.

The River Derwent is partially flooding it's banks along this stretch.

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Later that evening at John's cottage, Bethan celebrates her 4th Birthday with Harry, Polly and Jodie.

She is eyeing up those candles, but the delicious doggy birthday cake was more to her liking !

Every last crumb was shared and then devoured !

The birthday girl . . . .
Extra poppodum treats from John too !

Those final crumbs and four eager faces !!

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Technical note: Pictures taken with with Ann's Ixus 75 Digital camera.

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