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Bleaberry Fell and High Seat

Date & start time: Bank Holiday Sunday 2nd May 2010, 11.30 am start.

Location of Start : Great Wood car park, Borrowdale, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 272 212 )

Places visited : Cat Gill, Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, Ashness Gill, Ashness Bridge, Falcon Crag and back to Great Wood.

Walk details : 6.2 mls, 2000 ft, 5 hrs including lunch.

Highest point : High Seat 1995 ft - 608m

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

Weather : Sunny intervals but a cold northern wind


 Bleaberry Fell and High Seat

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Roger's in work today so it's just three of us for a walk this morning.

We decide to walk to Walla Crag and then on to Bleaberry Fell.

An extended ridge walk takes us to High Seat and down to Ashness Bridge.

Getting ready for the off.

We have parked at the base of Walla Crag in Great Wood.

We make our way up the steep path besides Cat Gill.
John and Jo with Amber and Jodie.

Harry finds a pool for some stick retrieving.

As we near the top the view opens out.

Over the colourful gorse can be seen Derwent Water and the North Western fells.


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The gorse is beautiful and smells of coconut !


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Nearing the top of Walla Crag

with the North Western fells forming a magnificent backdrop in sunshine and shadow.

Looking over the town of Keswick and Bassenthwaite lake.

The hill in the far distance across the Solway is Criffel in Scotland.

Our first summit. John and Jo with Amber and Jodie

who prefers looking at the steep drop over the edge than pose for my camera !

A panorama of Derwent Water and Bass lake with the town of Keswick nestling under Skiddaw.

Catbells and Maiden Moor across Derwent Water.

One of the launches is plying its way along the lake.

We leave Walla Crag and make our soggy way across the marshy ground on our way to Bleaberry Fell.

Sunshine lights up Skiddaw.

Walla Crag is the high point across the way, just at the top of the trees.

Our next destination is Bleaberry Fell on the left.

John stops for a bite to eat and has all the dogs and Jo's undivided attention !

The view from the ascent of Bleaberry Fell.

Our second summit of the day.

Bleaberry Fell summit cairn with Blencathra to the right and the pointed end of Lonscale Fell in the centre.

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We eat our lunch in a sheltered spot just below the summit.

It was much warmer in the sun and out of the wind.


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Off again . . .

and on our way to High Seat, the high point on the skyline.

High Seat summit trig point . . . Blencathra in the distance.

"Butter wouldn't melt . . . "
Don't you believe it !

Polly chewing an old heather stalk, a favourite with the dogs.

We make a steep descent off High Seat . . .
. . . besides Ashness Gill

We reach less steep and easier terrain as we near the bottom.

Once again we have the lovely Derwent Water and the sunny slopes of Skiddaw to enjoy.

A footbridge as we near the base of the Gill which leads down to Ashness Bridge.

Unusual variation of daffodils near the bridge.


The picture postcard and chocolate box view of Ashness Bridge.

This was the only point of the walk that we saw a number of other folk

as it is a very popular viewpoint.

However we leave them all behind and take the delightful path that skirts the fell side

and will lead us back to Great Wood.

Sunshine and lake views . . .
plus John, Harry and Bethan

The trees are displaying that lovely 'fresh green' colour of early Spring.

Another launch motors across the sun-dappled waters of the lake below.

Above us the rock climber's delight, Falcon Crag.

We come across this picturesque narrow bridge.

Jo tries to encourage Harry across but he is in refusal mode !

He wimps out crossing any bridges, much to the amusement of his sister Bethan!

" Come on good boy, you can do it ! "

Bethan has to wait for John to open the small gate
. . . to let her across too.

Don't forget . . . last one through . . . shut the gate.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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