View from Brandreth

The rather good view from Brandreth. Ennerdale to the left, Buttermere valley to the right, High Stile range and Haystacks between.

Well, I have had better days of weather on the fells — in defiance of a reasonable weather forecast — but in the end it was worth the effort to get out yesterday for a Bank Holiday walk around Seathwaite and Gillercomb. Walk 108 saw me bag four fells (three with colours in their name — for the trivia fans among us): Base Brown, Green Gable, Brandreth and Grey Knotts. These become numbers 29-32 of my second round of the 330, so I have 298 to go — the ‘300 to go’ point being reached on Green Gable.

View into Borrowdale

View into upper Borrowdale from the ‘Fallen Stone’ on Base Brown

Highlights? The brilliant view from Brandreth as pictured (inadequately) here, surely one of the best in the District, England even. And I quite liked the climb of Base Brown, a little-known fell but it had a decent ascent via the ridge, passing some interesting natural features like this huge fallen boulder which must have ripped off the crag above in a cataclysmic break not long past.

I hope to get another walk in before going back to work next week, hopefully Thursday (31/3) and hopefully Blencathra, so check back then…

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Towards Buttermere

Looking towards the Buttermere fells (High Stile and Red Pike are the two in snow) — walk 107

Spectacularly beautiful day in the Lakes today — and I managed to work Sunday (yesterday), and a bit this morning, to shift things around and get a walk in to make the most of it. And very bloody worthwhile this was too, I have to say. One of the best days’ walking I have ever had in the Lakes, weather-wise.

Walk 107 took me from Keswick up the Newlands Valley, then via the Scope End ridge to Hindscarth and Dale Head, before dropping down to Honister then ending the walk in Seatoller.

Hindscarth and Dale Head thus became numbers 27 and 28 of my second Wainwright round: thus, I have 302 to go. Next walk (two, if I have anything to do with it) in the week immediately after Easter.

Hindscarth from Scope End

Hindscarth from the ascent of Scope End. Dale Head in the background.