Thursday 24th July 2008
Start point: Dobgill (NY 316
Dobgill - Harrop Tarn - Wythburn Fells -
Wythburn Fell -
Standing Crag - Harrop
Tarn - Dobgill
Distance: 5.5 miles
Total Ascent: 573 metres
Time Taken: 3 hours
Weather: Sunny and warm, becoming
overcast with a stiff breeze on the tops. 23oC.
Ullscarf wasn't really on the agenda
today but I ended up there as I wanted a walk that would be quiet and
away from the crowds and also somewhere with a stretch of water so
that I could have a swim if required on such a hot day. This walk
fulfilled both of these requirements and this was a decent walk despite
the weather closing in on the latter half.
The waterfall on Dob Gill, reduced to a trickle.
Harrop Tarn and Tarn Crags. The tarn is looking really
shrunken after the dry weather, reduced to half its normal size I would
Climbing to Wythburn Fells, the Beacon directly ahead.
Blencathra, the Dodds, Helvellyn and Thirlmere from the
Casper on the Beacon.
Steel Fell across Wythburn.
The Beacon - a short section of dry stone wall -
looking towards Thirlmere.
Blencathra and Clough Head from further along the ridge
looking across the Beacon.
Looking back along the ridge from Wythburn Fell.
Steel Fell with Helm Crag in silhouette.
Heading for the plateau of Ullscarf.
Looking back towards the Helvellyn massif and
Once at the summit of Ullscarf, conditions started to
change as the cloud started to gather over the high fells to the west,
here looking towards Great Gable.
Casper in the grass on Ullscarf.
Just follow the yellow brick road off Ullscarf.
High Saddle and low Saddle of Coldbarrow Fell from
The northerly aspect from Standing Crag. The route
back to Dobgill is down to the fence below then head to the right half
way along, descending to the forest.
Blea Tarn from Standing Crag.
Looking back to Standing Crag. The fence manages to go
straight through this small tarn.
The descent to Thirlmere Forest.
Back to Harrop Tarn and the Foxgloves swaying in the
now quite strong breeze.
'Are you coming in? The water's lovely.' How could I
resist an offer like that? It was absolutely sweltering today, despite
the breeze, and Harrop Tarn turned out to be a lovely place to cleanse
my soul with a cooling dip in this little piece of heaven.
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