Thursday 7th June 2007
Gale Road End (NY 281 253)
Lonscale Pike -
Skiddaw Lesser Man
Skiddaw Little Man
Birkett Edge - Whitewater Dash -
- Skiddaw house - Lonscale Crags - Gale Road
Distance: 13 miles
Total Ascent: 1190 metres
Time Taken: 5 hours
Weather: Overcast, clearing. 20oC.
After the sunshine and blue skies of the last
few days, the clouds were hanging ominously over Skiddaw
when I set off for a circuit of Skiddaw Forest from Gale
Road this morning. From Lonscale Fell onwards, I was in the
clouds with Skiddaw being windswept and cold as it so often
is. The main objective today was Great Calva as I completed
my second recorded set of 214 Wainwright fells on it. I
haven't been actively pursuing that goal and it has taken me 3
years to get round them all again.
A cloud covered Skiddaw at the start of the walk, the
blue sky looked promising though.
The Hawell monument and the path to Skiddaw. We
weren't going this way though as we descended right to Whit Beck and
then continued along the bridleway below Lonscale Fell.
Descending to Whit Beck.
Latrigg and Derwent Water from the steep climb to
Lonscale Fell, just before disappearing into the clouds.
Casper at the summit of Lonscale Fell. Someone has
been doing a bit of cairn building.
Sat in the bog cotton on Jenkin Hill.
A windswept Skiddaw summit.
Descending the north end of Skiddaw, the clouds
fleetingly parted here looking to Lonscale Fell...
...and a glimpse of Bassenthwaite Lake.
Ullock Pike across Southerndale.
Descending to Bakestall.
The Back of Skiddaw from Bakestall.
The route from Bakestall - descend Birkett Edge then
climbing steeply with the fence before heading to Little Calva then
The steep descent of Birkett Edge.
Dash Beck, above the main falls.
Looking back to Dead Crags on Bakestall from the steep
climb to Little Calva.
Oops! A bit deeper than you though Casper?
214 Wainwrights completed for the second time on Great
The summit of Great Calva.
The south cairn of Great Calva looking down the fault
line that should have a view to Windermere. Skiddaw House is to the
right of the post, encircled by trees with Lonscale Fell beyond.
All that remains of Skiddaw Forest, Skiddaw House
Passing below Lonscale Fell on the Cumbria Way.
The Glenderaterra Valley from Lonscale Crags.
A familiar silhouette - the Coledale fells.
That made me jump! Of course, Skiddaw is clear now as
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