Walking the Wainwrights - Ullscarf

My original intention was to include Ullscarf in a circular walk from Stonethwaite via Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag, but we were frustrated by bad visibility and never made it onto Greenup Edge and Ullscarf.  But that was a blessing in disguise, since the ascent from Watendlath via Great Crag is far superior, mainly because of the views you get coming back down to Watendlath.

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




Starting from Watendlath has lots of advantages: it's a lot higher than Borrowdale, so you don't climb so far (!), you can have a cup of tea on your return, and you can also see  this farmhouse, which was where Hugh Walpole located Judith Paris and her ne'er-do-well husband in his Herries Chronicles novel.
The path up to Great Crag, our first objective, leads around the tarn.  We haven't gone 200 yards and the dogs are already coming back to chivvy me along...


Great Crag appearing...


This is the only section of the path which is at all steep.  You can see Watendlath Tarn beneath us.


Looking south from near the top of Great Crag.  The nearest fell is Eagle Crag, then Bessyboot, then Base Brown, then Great Gable in the distance.  I think...
Watendlath from one of the cairns on Great Crag


The same view south as before, but this time you can see some of Borrowdale.
The dogs posing again, so this must be the real top of Great Crag...


From Great Crag you can see across Dock Tarn up to Ullscarf.
The tarn itself.  Always very quiet and isolated, but with quite a lot more vegetation than I remember from last time.


Closer up...
It's more than a two-mile climb from Dock Tarn up to Ullscarf, but I decided to keep all the pictures for the descent.  This is the unimpressive top of Ullscarf but, since we are smack in the middle of the Lakes and quite high (2370'), you can see for miles.  This is the view west, the sharp-looking fell in the middle being Fleetwith Pike, so you can work out the others...


Dropping down from Ullscarf to the north, you see at least two lakes (wait for it!) and lots of high fells in the distance.
High fells to the west as well:  Fleetwith Pike again, in front of the Buttermere ridge.


And the Helvellyn ridge to the east.
This is Blea Tarn from Low Saddle.  Can you see John Paterson's cottage in the valley?


Looking down into Borrowdale from Low Saddle.
Here you get a good impression of  the wide open grasslands between Watendlath and Ullscarf

Where can you see three lakes in a row?  Not just Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater - but Watendlath, Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite!  And Skiddaw as well...
It gets better...
It isn't all grass!  in fact, the whole place abounds in mosses of all kinds. 


Ain't she sweet?  Watendlath Tarn...


End of journey...

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