||From our starting
point in Mungrisdale, we struck off up the path past The Tongue, on the
right of the picture, towards Bannerdale Crags in the distance.
|A closer view of
the East Ridge of Bannerdale Crags, which was to be our return
route. We took the path up the northern side of Bannerdale, on
the right, and it was obvious from the start that the clouds were right
down on the ridge along the top of the crags.
was a problem, since two of the fell-tops were going to be in the
clouds. This is the first, Bowscale Fell, not far from the
ridge. Having arrived there, with visibility about 50 yards, the
prospect of striking out across Mungrisdale Common for 2 - 3 miles
towards a target whis is less than obvious in good weather, with
no paths to help us and little navigational ability, suddenly lost its
appeal. So we turned tail, and headed off for Bannerdale Crags
Bowscale Fell back up there somewhere...
Actually the fell makes a good afternoon walk, especially when including the Mosedale valley on the other side. But not today...
are some of the Bannerdale crags. They stretch roughly the same
distance beyond the summit up there.
top, with lots of clouds all round. But now we were going down...
down on the East Ridge.
are on the steep, rocky part of the ridge, overlooking the long, grassy
prow jutting out into Bannerdale.
|That's the top part of the East Ridge. The path is on the left side. As you can see, it is steep and getting quite worn, a contrast with just about everything else on this walk, which is of a gentle gradient and certainly not over-run with people.||