Tuesday 28th June 2011
Ennerdale (NY 085 153)
Bleach Green - Bowness -
Great Borne -
Starling Dodd -
Little Dodd (Ennerdale) -
- Memorial Bridge,
Ennerdale - High Level Traverse
- Shamrock Traverse -
Black Crag (Pillar) -
Scoat Fell -
Little Gowder Crag -
Caw Fell -
Ennerdale Fell -
Crag Fell - Bleach
Distance: 18 miles
Total Ascent: 2183 metres
Time Taken: 10 hours
Start Time: 06:00
Weather: Sunny and warm. 15oC
It's a good while since I have done a
full day walk and today seemed like a good opportunity to do a circuit
of lovely Ennerdale. The weather was superb, a bit fresher than of late
and the air was clearer for it. It was a great day out amongst my
favourite fells and it was relatively quiet up there too, although it
was good to chat to StridingEdge fans on Scoat Fell and then on Steeple.
Early morning in Ennerdale.
Pillar silhouetted at the head of the Water.
Looking out from the shadows on the steep climb to
Suddenly, out of the shadows and into the sunlight and
heading for the summit of Great Borne.
Gavel Fell from Great Borne.
Ennerdale. The outward leg of today's walk is to the
left, the return is to the right.
The Loweswater fells - Gavel Fell, Hen Comb and
Grasmoor across Crummock Water.
Any old iron? Starling Dodd summit.
Layers of fells.
Early morning shadow on Little Dodd.
Starling Dodd and Great Borne from the climb to Red
The summit of Red Pike.
A panoramic view from Red Pike, Loweswater and
Crummock Water in view.
Casper and Dougal, hot already.
Bleaberry Tarn and beyond on the way to High Stile.
High Stile summit.
A great panoramic view from High Stile - Red Pike and
Dodd to the left, Crummock Water and Grasmoor to the right.
A clear view across to the Scafells, Great Gable and
Kirk Fell...and of course the mighty Pillar.
Robinson across Buttermere.
A panoramic across Ennerdale.
Pillar looks so tempting from here.
Grasmoor and the Coledale fells across Buttermere.
High Stile from the summit of High Crag.
A view through to Skiddaw and Blencathra from High
Instead of descending Gamlin End, I decided to go for
a route 1 steeper than steep descent to Ennerdale direct (for masochists
only this one, a real leg trembler!). I can see the Memorial Bridge from
here (to the left of the tree line) where I want to cross and then the
route of ascent is up and above the rocky knoll then to the right
following the line of the beck before cutting diagonally left beneath
Dougal tries to stop himself sliding all the way down
You see yon precipice--it almost looks
Like some vast building made of many crags,
And in the midst is one particular rock
That rises like a column from the vale,
Whence by our Shepherds it is call'd, the Pillar.
Extract from 'The Brothers', William Wordsworth
Down at the Memorial Bridge.
Crossing the River Liza - Casper is easy to spot but
can you see Dougal?
Time for lunch (even though it is only 10.30!) and a
seat with a fantastic view of Pillar Rock towering above. Now all I have
to do is climb up there.
To be continued...after my lunch...here
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