Great Borne

Height: 616 metres / 2021 feet Grid reference: NY 12398 15747 Category: The Western Fells

The frozen summit of Great Borne with the pointed Red Pike in view

The frozen summit of Great Borne with the pointed Red Pike in view

Gavel Fell from Great Borne

Gavel Fell from Great Borne

Looking back to Great Borne from the climb to Starling Dodd

Looking back to Great Borne from the climb to Starling Dodd

Ennerdale Circuit

Start point: Bleach Green, Ennerdale (NY 085 153)

Bleach Green – Bowness Great Borne Starling Dodd Little Dodd (Ennerdale) Red Pike (Buttermere) High Stile High Crag Memorial Bridge, Ennerdale – High Level Traverse – Shamrock Traverse Pillar Black Crag (Pillar) Scoat Fell Steeple Haycock Little Gowder Crag Caw Fell Ennerdale Fell Crag Fell – Bleach Green

Distance: 18 miles     Total Ascent: 2183 metres     Time Taken: 10 hours     Start Time: 06:00

Weather: Sunny and warm. 15°C

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. 

Starling Dodd

Start point: Bowness Knott Car Park (NY 109 153)

Bowness Knott Car Park – Herdus Great BorneStarling DoddLittle Dodd (Ennerdale) – Bowness Knott Car Park

Distance: 7.2 miles    Total Ascent: 735 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Cold wind, snow. 2°C

Today was a typical January day – cold and windy with snow and a grey, dull and flat light. There was fresh snow above 500m and the wind was raw yet the walk was still enjoyable. I can scarcely believe it is 3 years since I walked over these fells – where does the time go?

Great Borne

Start point: Bowness Knott Car Park (NY 109 153)

Bowness Knott Car Park – Herdus – Great Borne – Starling Dodd – Little Dodd (Ennerdale) – Bowness Knott Car Park

Distance: 7.2 miles    Total Ascent: 735 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Windy! 10°C.

The mountain weather forecast was for high winds today which would ‘make walking impossible’. Well, they were pretty much right with that one! All seemed so calm and tranquil at valley level too – I feared for Angus and Casper on the Great Borne ridge overlooking Ennerdale as they were getting blown around so much. That aside, I don’t think we did so bad with the weather really. It was good to have Angus back up on the high fells too; I think he had missed it.

 

Ennerdale Circuit

Start point: Bleach Green, Ennerdale (NY 085 153)

Bleach Green – Bowness Brown How (Ennerdale)HerdusGreat BorneGale FellStarling DoddLittle Dodd (Ennerdale)  Red Pike (Buttermere) (357) High Stile (358) High Crag (359) Haystacks (360) –  Looking Stead – High Level Traverse – Shamrock Traverse PillarBlack Crag (Pillar)Scoat FellSteepleHaycockLittle Gowder CragCaw FellEnnerdale FellCrag Fell – Bleach Green

Distance: 23.6 miles     Total Ascent: 2864 metres     Time Taken: 10 hour 20 minutes

Weather: Mainly sunny with lots of snow (!) showers. 7-11°C, valley level – much colder on the tops.

Today’s walk is a long, high level circuit of the beautiful Ennerdale Valley with virtually the whole route being completed at an elevation in excess of 500m. I have had this one on my list of ‘to do’ walks for a while so it was satisfying to complete the walk on a mainly clear day. The photo’s here actually belie the conditions somewhat as the clouds came in when I was crossing from Haystacks to Pillar and there was an icy blizzard. The snow showers continued to come and go throughout the rest of the walk and conditions remained very cold.

Starling Dodd

Start point: Bowness Knott Car Park (NY 109 153)

Bowness Knott Car Park – Bowness Knott (148) – Brown How (Ennerdale) (149) – Herdus (150) – Great Borne (151) – Gale Fell (152) – Starling Dodd (153) – Little Dodd (Ennerdale) (154) – Bowness Knott Car Park

Weather: Dull and overcast with the odd sunny spell.

Today’s walk takes in part of the High Stile group of fells from Ennerdale Water.