Rosthwaite Fell (Bessyboot)

Height: 550 metres / 1807 feet Grid reference: NY 25832 12479 Category: The Southern Fells

Rosthwaite Fell has four separate tops, Combe Head, Stonethwaite Fell, Rosthwaite Cam and Bessyboot. Bessyboot is the recognised Wainwright summit.

Fleetwith Pike and High Stile from Bessyboot

Fleetwith Pike and High Stile from Bessyboot

Tarn at Leaves. Bessyboot, the summit of Rosthwaite Fell is beyond the tarn to the left.

Tarn at Leaves. Bessyboot, the summit of Rosthwaite Fell is beyond the tarn to the left.

Combe Head

Height 733 metres/2405 feet     Grid Reference NY 24953 10928

 

Casper has a look along The Combe and Borrowdale from Combe Head.

Casper has a look along The Combe and Borrowdale from Combe Head.

Stonethwaite Fell

Height 632 metres/2073 feet     Grid Reference NY 25573 11369

 

The sun picks out Rosthwaite Cam from Stonethwaite Fell summit.

The sun picks out Rosthwaite Cam from Stonethwaite Fell summit.

Rosthwaite Cam on Rosthwaite Fell

Height 612 metres/2008 feet     Grid Reference NY 25588 11824

The sunshine lights up Bessyboot and Tarn at Leaves from Rosthwaite Cam.

The sunshine lights up Bessyboot and Tarn at Leaves from Rosthwaite Cam.

 

Glaramara via Combe Gill

Start point: Strands Bridge (NY 249 135)

Strands Bridge – The Combe – Combe Door – Combe Head Glaramara Stonethwaite Fell Rosthwaite Cam on Rosthwaite FellBessyboot on Rosthwaite Fell – Big Stanger Gill – Stonethwaite – Strands Bridge

Distance: 6.4 miles     Total Ascent: 815 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 07:30

Weather: Showers, strong wind on the tops. 14C

It wasn’t the best forecast to go for a walk in the wettest valley in the country but I thought I came away relatively unscathed today! Yes there were lots of showers but I enjoyed the route up, the scramble of Combe Gill. That is more than I can say for the route of descent…

Glaramara

Start point: Strands Bridge (NY 249 135)

Strands Bridge – Thorneythwaite Farm – Seathwaite – Stockley Bridge – Seathwaite FellGreat Slack on Seathwaite Fell – Sprinkling TarnAllen CragsHigh House on Allen CragsLincomb Head on GlaramaraLooking Stead on Glaramara – Glaramara – Combe HeadStonethwaite Fell Rosthwaite Cam on Rosthwaite FellBessyboot on Rosthwaite Fell – Strands Bridge

Distance: 9 miles     Total Ascent: 1025 metres     Time Taken: 4 hour 30 minutes

Weather: Overcast with sunny spells. 15oC.

At least it was dry today but there was really rather a chilly wind on the tops today; it felt more like Autumn than summer. I parked at Strands Bridge this morning rather than the more popular Seathwaite, preferring to do the flat section first rather than last as I find it makes a good warm-up and the alternative car parking place was a lot quieter. Casper’s fame must be widening too as we were recognised by a party of walkers on Combe Head who were big StridingEdge fans – sorry, no Angus today!

Rosthwaite Fell

Start point: Strands Bridge (NY 249 135)

Strands Bridge – Thornythwaite Fell (478) Combe Head (479) Stonethwaite Fell (480) Rosthwaite Cam on Rosthwaite Fell (481) Bessyboot on Rosthwaite Fell (482) – Strands Bridge

Distance: 6 miles     Total Ascent: 889 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours

Weather: Overcast with showers but warm and still. 15oC.

It was still overcast again today with the odd shower for company – some summer weather we are having at the moment! This is a great little round, visiting the often missed (due to more exalted company) Thornythwaite Fell which offers fine views of Borrowdale and to the higher fells. It was a special occasion for Angus today too…

 

Glaramara

Seathwaite – Stockley Bridge – Seathwaite Fell (199) – Sprinkling Tarn – Angle Tarn – Rossett Pike (200) – Angle Tarn – Allen Crags – Glaramara (201) – Combe HeadRosthwaite CamRosthwaite Fell (202) (Bessyboot) – Seathwaite

Clear and bright becoming hazy later in the day.