Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Great Crag & Grange Fell

Today we travelled over to Rosthwaite (south of Derwent Water in Borrowdale) to walk 2 new Wainwrights. Rosthwaite is the current starting point for the Autumn in Lakeland LDWA walk we have done the past two years so the start up onto the fells was familiar to us. Looking across to High Spy in the distance with Castle Crag the tree lined fell in the front which is the lowest & to be our last of the 214 Wainwright's when the time comes. Looking back at Rosthwaite with its stunning fell back drop, the road bears to the right after the hamlet heading over the Honister Pass to Buttermere
A panorama from slightly higher up
Our first fell of the day, Great Crag (& yes he knows he is!)
Watendlath Tarn comes into view to the right of the picture
Good paths here that have probably had extensive work from the fix the fells project
It is quite marshy away from the path fed by the numerous streams up here
Some lower cloud on Skiddaw in the distance
We begin the final push for the summit & there is just a visible path through the heather
All of Watendlath Tarn comes into view
Great Crag (440m)
Looking across to our second summit of the day, Grange Fell
The views are amazing here, Great Gable to the left across to Pillar to the right of the picture
We will need to follow the wall in the distance until we are close to the summit
Crag takes following the wall a bit literally
We are about 30m from the summit & have a narrow path to pick our way to the top
And are rewarded with Skiddaw out of the mist with Derwent Water below
Grange Fell (415m)
This a perfect lunch spot
We start our descent with Blencathra in the distance
It wasn't until we got back to the car that we realised just how mucky someone was
A lovely walk on a really warm & sunny day, this beats Waberthwaite a million times over!

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