Walking the Wainwrights - Braithwaite to Buttermere

This is a great walk, with some strenuous ups and downs and marvellous views.  This time we were accompanied by some friends from deepest Surrey, up for the weekend.  This was unfortunately the only day they saw the sun - one enthusiast got carried away and put on his shorts: not a good idea, as you will see.

Here are the pictures (you can click on any picture to get a larger version).

On the way up to Barrow Door, with Skiddaw at our back
Cutting up to Sail Pass, Outerside in the background.

After an early lunch at Sail Pass, Samba views the formidable slog up Sail with some distaste.

The path up Sail is almost as eroded as the shorter climb up Scar Crags on the other side of Sail Pass

Looking down from Sail across Newlands to the Helvellyn ridge in the distance.
And down Sail Beck to Buttermere, which is just visible in front of High Stile.  Our route is up to the right.

Tackling the last "up" of the walk: from Sail to Eel Crags
We made it! Vince, Jenny, Brian, Barbara, Roger and Roseanne on the top of Eel Crags - and the sun was still out (just).  So we had managed to see at least some of the best views in the Lakes.

Looking from Eel Crags east towards Keswick and the distant Pennines.
The view north over Hopegill Head to Scotland.

This is Addacomb Hole, between Sail on the left and Wandope, rising steeply on the right.
Climbing out of the Hole up this arete onto the top of Wandope I can remember as a very silly way of spending ten minutes after a large sandwich lunch.  But today we just strolled up to the summit along the ridge on the right.

Well, perhaps "strolling" isn't quite right.  The wind and rain had moved in, and poor Brian had cold knee-caps...
But we could still see quite a distance.  The sharp profile of Aikin Knott points the way east from Wandope.

The path south to Whiteless Pike.
Really cold knee-caps...

Crummock Water and Loweswater, from Whiteless Pike.
"I trust you're departing now...?"

Rannerdale, from Whiteless Pike.
Fields of bluebells...

Sail Beck, as you descend through the woods into Buttermere.
One of the definite advantages of rain in the fells...

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