|View from our front door at
the Wasdale head Inn. When we arrived in Wasdale, we hadn't been
able to see the little church in the trees; in fact, we couldn't see
the trees at all.
Our path took us between Kirk Fell, on the left, and Great Gable on the right.
climbed on grass to about this point, where we could see right down the
valley. On the left is Lingmell and, beyond it, the Screes where
we had been the previous day. Yewbarrow is on the right.
of the famous Gable crags.
path from Wasdale up to Beck Head, the col between Kirk Fell and Great
Gable, is called Gavel Neese, and this is where it turns from grass to
rubble. Not pleasant, but also not so steep as the first part.
||The path up Kirk Fell from
Beck Head, which is about 200 yards to the right of the camera.
messes with me! Gable from near the top of Kirk Fell. Beck
Head is visible on the left, and the path up to the summit of Gable
goes more or less straight up the ridge. You can see Gavel Neese
at the bottom of the picture, and, branching off it across the scree,
the Climbers' Traverse which takes you across to the crags and needles.
|Which you can easily see
from the eastern top of Kirk Fell. It was some time ago, when
seeking to attend a very wet and murky Remembrance Day service on the
top of Gable, that I discovered that there is at least one scrambling
(not climbing) route up these crags. I was with the dogs and
followed three young men upwards, having asked them whether it
was OK for dogs. We finished with me pushing the dogs up the
difficult bits, and them pulling. All good fun, but it was
probably a good thing I couldn't see too much of the surroundings...
and Scoat Fell, from the real top of Kirk Fell
|Sophie is not
too good at taking pictures, so this is a rare photo, taken by Martin,
of yours truly with dog. Note the blue sky, which was not going
to last for too long.
view north-west from Kirk Fell, with Grasmoor dominating the far
distance behind Scarth Gap. Haystacks is the nearest fell.
|Pillar from Black Sail
pass, which links Mosedale and Ennerdale.
are coming in over Mosedale.
|Ennerdale and the
|Here you can
see the vast bulk of Kirk Fell on the other side of Black Sail
pass. The path down from Kirk Fell is directly over the crag
above the pass, and has a number of "bad steps", all of which can
thankfully be circumvented.
down Mosedale, with Burnmoor Tarn visible in the distance. No, I
haven't got camera shake, Yewbarrow really has that shape, with a long
|The top of
Pillar Rock, from near the summit of Pillar. You can just see two
people on the top area of the rock, which gives you a sense of its
size. Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team have a special 3000 ft
rope to deal with accidents occurring on this huge rocky outcrop...
|I was in such
a hurry to get a picture of Pillar Rock that I nearly forgot to record
our visit to the summit of Pillar. Sophie reminded me.
you drop down the ridge, and then up to Scoat Fell, which we had
difficulty finding in the bad visibility. The summit cairn is
here, on top of a wall. That in the distance is Red Pike.
we turned north to visit Steeple via a narrow ridge.
|Here is the
reverse view: Scoat Fell as seen from Steeple.
|It was a pity
we didn't have enough time to explore Steeple. Here are some of
its other tops, looking north. We had to return south, via Scoat
Fell and Red Pike. Unfortunately the mist descended even further,
and I deleted by mistake the only picture I took of this section -
which was characterised by low cloud covering everything in the
Mosedale valley, and most of the high ridge.
|From Red Pike we had a long descent towards Dore Head, where we were treated to this view of Stirrup Crag, our route up Yewbarrow. I must say it looked a bit daunting, largely because we couldn't see a path. However, on we went and eventually managed after some head-scratching to scramble up to the top, Sophie showing us the way.|
|The view down to Dore Head from half way up Stirrup Crag. The first part was just steep; the second half was steep and seriously craggy. Martin and I agreed that, if this was a Grade 1 scramble, we didn't want to see any Grade 2s! Just what you want after nearly 7 hours walking...|
|Here you can appreciate the length of the top plateau of Yewbarrow. This summit cairn is about half way along.|
|And here is the other end of the fell! A mini-Matterhorn - no scrambling but lots of steep scree. We were very glad, after 8 hours walking, to see Joanna waiting for us at the bottom car park|