Great End and Glaramara

One of Stuart Marshall's shorter walks, only 11 miles, but I wasn't too sure how we were all going to fare in the heat-wave.  In the event the dogs and I were extremely happy that it was only 11 miles!  In fact, seeing our goal, Seathwaite Farm, eventually come into view was certainly one of the day's highlights.  But there were plenty of others, especially managing to conquer Great End from the front rather than creeping up the side...

Here are some pictures
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This is a walk where we could see the route from our bedroom window!  In the far distance the Great End - Scafell ridge is on the right, with Glaramara and Rosthwaite Fell on the left.

Seathwaite Farm, our starting point at 9.30am.  The cars were already parked 300-400 yards back along the road...
Stockley Bridge, a favourite of the dogs, who were already feeling rather warm and paddled happily in the pools near the bridge.  I'm not sure how the water turned green, though...

Looking down Borrowdale from above the Stockley Bridge-Styhead path.

Now at the top of Seathwaite Fell - which, on reflection, proved a more energy-sapping climb than Great End which was to follow.  Maybe it was just too early in the morning...
That's where we are aiming: Great End, from the northern end of Seathwaite Fell.

Getting closer.
Great Gable, from Seathwaite Fell.  You can see not only the main track to the summit and the Windy Gap gash on the right, but also the path in the valley up from Styhead Tarn, out of sight on the right, which we left in order to climb Seathwaite Fell.

Great End, from Sprinkling Tarn - the wettest place in England, but not today!

In this picture you can (?) see our path up Great End.  We cut up from the Styhead - Esk Hause path to meet the Great End path from Styhead more or less where the sky and fell meet on the right of the picture.
Looking back down on the Styhead - Esk Hause path, from about 200 yards before we met the Styhead path.

Styhead Tarn and Great Gable.  Yes, the path was a bit steep just here...
And this is Sprinkling Tarn, Seathwaite Fell and Borrowdale.

I was expecting the path to be faint or non-existent, but it was surprisingly easy to find and follow, even for a person like me who loses his way with remarkable ease.  And, as I said earlier, the climb itself (about 1000ft with a zig-zag) felt easier than the struggle up Seathwaite Fell, which was less than 600ft but straight up.

Gable, from the north-west cairn on Great End.
Lingmell on the right, and you can see the rightly famed Corridor Route, cutting up from Styhead towards Scafell Pike, out of sight on the left.

This is the highest ridge in England, with Scafell Pike in the distance with its stone shelter, behind Broad Crag.
The dogs looking justly pleased with themselves at the summit of Great End.  The north-west cairn is in the background.

And that's where we're going next: Allen Crags and Glaramara.
Ill Crag on the left, with Scafell Pike on the right.

Great End, seen from the path down to Esk Hause
The distinctive shape of the Langdale Pikes, from above Esk Hause.

Up from Esk Hause to Allen Crags, whence you can easily see the Langdale Pikes.
and Great Gable beyond Sprinkling Tarn
not forgetting Great End itself.
The mile between Allen Crags and Glaramara  (and beyond to Rosthwaite Fell) is dotted with numerous little tarns, ideal for hot dogs...

The two pictures below are both of Samba at the same tarn: on the left in July 2006 and on the right in about 2001, before she had her litter - which turned her coat much darker.

The mud has not changed colour at all!  And it cakes on, of course...

The top of Glaramara.  It was a pity the visibility was so hazy, you couldn't see much of the view north, which is terrific - as you can see from the next two pictures, taken in about 2001, in winter.

The best we could do today...

From the north and west, Glaramara protects itself with these ramparts, which provide some good scrambling.  Today we came down the middle of the picture.
Rosthwaite Fell extends over a wide area, with lots of bumps and hollows.  These are just some of them.

The top of Bessyboot, the highest point around here.  Glaramara in the far distance.
Tarn at Leaves, just below Bessyboot.  It was about here that my water ran out...

Some 3 miles later, we were very glad to see our destination, Seathwaite Farm, come over the horizon.

 A long, hot but very enjoyable day!

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