Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Great Borne To Red Pike

Yesterday was one of those beautiful Autumnal days, cold but sunny & amazing visibility. Andy's back still wasn't 100% but Karen didn't want to miss out on the weather so took Crag over to Ennerdale to walk from Great Borne to Red Pike. We were able to do 2 footpath surveys & 3 fixed point photos. The sun is low at this time of year so we started off in the shade but could see once we had climbed a bit we would be back in the sun. Looking down on the western end of the lake which is mostly in the sunshine And again from higher up when we are now enjoying the great weather, it was warm enough for short sleeves. Although the path was still frozen in places
After about an hours climb we had reached the summit of Great Borne (616m)
Looking across to Grasmoor
The trig point at the summit
A couple of panoramas from the summit
Looking ahead to Starling Dodd & Red Pike (the pointed fell in the distance)
As we get across the summit plateau looking back to Great Borne
Mellbreak & Crummock Water
We didn't need to reach the summit of Starling Dodd so contoured round it, looking back at it with Great Borne in the distance
And again looking back as we start the final push up Red Pike
To then be rewarded with stunning views down on Crummock Water
High Stile
Robinson with Buttermere below
The summit cairn (755m)
And the panoramas from here
Ennerdale Water, Bowness Knott where we started looks a long way from here
We start our descent back to Ennerdale
Pillar is mostly in shade now
Looking back up at Red Pike
Part of the valley remains in constant shade this time of year & it looks like a snowy winter scene here. Crag is rolling around in it thinking it is snow
We went to check the wildlife camera which was equally icy (no pictures this time)
We then make our way back along the forest track which is now in shade, Pillar & Steeple
It was a lovely walk which has to be one of our favourites

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