Friday, February 27, 2015

Dizzy’s First Wainwright: Crag Fell

Yesterday we wanted to collect some more kindling & decided to combine that with a walk.  We felt it appropriate that Dizzy’s first Wainwright should be the same one as Crag’s & conveniently we could walk it from where we collected the kindling!
Crag was just over 3 weeks older than Dizzy is now when he climbed his first Wainwright, here he is & any fears about her grown size may be unnecessary as you can see he is definitely bigger than she is at the moment. (Both her parents were his size so she shouldn’t grow any bigger)  
On the work party two weeks ago we put three smaller fence posts in to stop whoever it is taking stone from the quarry here as it is both illegal & making the quarry rather unstable.  Today one has been ripped out & the other two have been loosened, back to the drawing board on that one.
We start with a steep ascent of the forest
Looking back, the picture doesn’t really show how steep it actually was
The first views of Ennerdale Water
To the bottom right is the new course of Ben Gill that was dug last year, it’s only however when we have had a lot of rain that any water flows through it as it seems to prefer its old course
The winding path to the left was another volunteer job last year to enable a short wheelchair accessible route to be taken at the lake
Looking down on The Mill & where the River Ehen has flooded, we were doing the footbridge survey there a couple of weeks ago, you wouldn’t get across today
The first view of Crag Fell & yes there is a little bit of snow up there
Revelin Crag
Now to cross Ben Gill
When we walked it on Crags first fell walk Bess & Katie both enjoyed playing in the pools, there is far too much water coming over it today for that
Dizzy has to be lifted over as she still doesn’t like going into water of any depth
Now to that “little” bit of snow




Dizzy certainly enjoys playing in it

Crag has kept hold of this stick for much of the walk & in fact kept it until we reached Ben Gill on our return
Looking down on Ennerdale Water again
Our first view of the summit cairn, not far to go now
The wind really picks up the higher we get, we would have loved to know the wind chill as it was baltic.
So just the one picture, Dizzy on Crag Fell (523m), 213 to go! (she will unfortunately not finish them with us as a few of the fells we did last year we vowed we would not be returning to!)
On the way up she needed a lot of encouragement to cross this beck, none was needed on the way back
The day was always forecast to get better, we unfortunately set off a little too early as it was blue skies when we returned to the bottom
A very nice fell walk, Dizzy took it all in her stride & would have carried on for a few more yesterday but we don’t want to over do it with her, she has shown she is very much at home fell walking with us.

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