we were accompanied by Martin Roberts, a fellow-member of the
Wainwright Society doing the round like us. Although he does
not have my advantage of living in the Lakes, he is a dedicated soul
and has covered most of the fells in a short time. But most
of today's route was unfamiliar to both of us
We parked in Elterwater, by the bridge, and started off downstream for a mile or so, before striking off up left towards Loughrigg Fell. Here, and at other points during the day, we were navigationally challenged and wasted about half an hour before reaching the foot of the fell.
the view across Grasmere from Loughrigg Fell is one of Lakeland's
classics, today was a bit disappointing...
route up Loughrigg Fell. Samba waiting patiently as usual...
at the top, with the dogs.
classic view, of Loughrigg Tarn looking south. You will note
the bracken barring our descent. The path was marked as
running down by this wall, but we lost it after about 10
yards. Liberally inter-twined with brambles, the bracken was
well over head-height most of the way down - and I was wearing shorts!
back from the Tarn at the ordeal. I thought of inserting here
a picture of my scarred legs, but decided to spare the squeamish
three miles to the south, having crossed the busy A road to Coniston,
here we are on the top of Black Fell. Again a fell with a
reputation for views, but not today...
next stop was Holme Fell, another three miles away to the
west. That is the top of the fell..
no it's not! When we got there, it was identified as Ivy Crag, with the
top of Holme Fell about 400 yards away to the right. That is
Coniston Water in the distance.
view north from the top of Holme Fell. Our path down into
Little Langdale is to the left of the little reservoir.
first the mandatory pose for Samba at the summit cairn...
long descent into Little Langdale took us past the disused slate quarry
of Hodge Close. Certainly the most spectacular
thing we saw all day! Note the climber on the right.
is Lingmoor Fell on the other side of Little Langdale. By
this time it was getting late, and Martin had a long drive ahead of
him, so we decided to give it a miss for today, in favour of a quick
drink at the Elterwater pub.