Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Crag has fun!!

We were at Ennerdale the other day and Crag still likes chasing waves and fetches a stick from the water.

Must'nt get his feet wet though, if you listen closely he is still barking with his head in the water.

He also likes the water from the hose, Bess has a bark at him but isnt that stupid to go near the hose.

He also is very helpful, keeping an eye on the brick and crowbar for us.
This bit of the garden did have some decent grass on it before we erected the greenhouse, plenty of grass seed left!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bleaberry Fell, High Seat & High Tove

Today we were back doing "our" walking as all the Ennerdale surveys are complete. Andy wanted a route that he could test how his knee was on so we decided to head off to Borrowdale & walk three fells that once you had your height it was relatively flat between them. We parked at Ashness Bridge & started the route up Walla Crag which we had last used on the LDWA "Autumn In Lakeland" event last October. Looking down on Derwent Water with Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance. Across Derwent Water the Coledale round fells It is quite a steep route up, but it is well used & the surface is good Higher up and more of the Derwent Water islands come into view
Skiddaw in the distance with Keswick down below
We had read there were to be more low level flights through the Lakes in the coming month & this plane flew in at about the same height as us & then dropped lower to travel over Bassenthwaite Lake
Our first summit of the day & a very clear path to the top
The dogs never miss an opportunity to get muddy & wet
We start the climb
You can just see the path we have walked curving around the fellside below
The last section was quite steep, but a lot of work has gone in to put these steps in which made it a lot easier than having to scramble up
You could see for miles in all directions at the summit Looking north towards Skiddaw & Blencathra
Our first summit photo for a while, Bleaberry Fell (590m)
And before long we were at our second summit, High Seat (608m)
From High Seat we followed this fence to the third summit
Easier said than done, it was very boggy up here & we both ended up sunk down above our boots in a couple of places - lovely
Looking back at High Seat
But we ventured on to High Tove (515m)
Where we started our descent to Watendlath, the hamlet at the end of the Ashness Bridge road
Derwent Water again, this from the viewpoint at Lodore Wood. We had watched a very heavy shower over Keswick & Skiddaw earlier, but for once the wind was in the right direction & we stayed dry
Finally back at Ashness Bridge, which is always a popular spot as you can drive right to it
We walked 9miles, stayed dry & only have 80 more Wainwrights to bag & most importantly Andy didn't have any major problems with his knee.