Rosthwaite Fell via Combe Gill

Start point: Strands Bridge (NY 249 135)

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

Distance: 7.1 miles     Total Ascent: 762 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:00

Weather: Cold wind, wintry. 4C

Today’s walk was up to Glaramara (or it was supposed to be – read on to find out why it didn’t quite turn out that way!) via Combe Gill. It is certainly a quiet way to climb but then again it is normally fairly quiet on the fells when conditions aren’t particularly good in winter.

 

Stonethwaite Fell

Height: 632 metres / 2073 feet Grid reference: NY 25573 11369

Stonethwaite Fell summit to the left

Stonethwaite Fell summit to the left

Fleetwith Pike from Stonethwaite Fell

Fleetwith Pike from Stonethwaite Fell

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…