Wednesday 11th November 2009

 

Start Point : Mungrisdale (NY 362 303)

                   

Distance : 9.0 miles          Height Ascended : 680 metres

 

Route Map

    

Blencathra topped with a cap of cloud as seen from the end of the Mungrisdale road

 

The early morning sun catches the top of Bannerdale Crags (l), The Tongue (c) and Bowscale Fell (r)

 

Following the River Glenderamackin towards Scales Fell in the middle distance

 

Double Trouble - Violet and Hetty run of some energy

 

Bannerdale Crags – rather than a direct assault my route took me round the back following the River Glenderamackin

 

Another view further along the path

 

Hetty finds the water irresistible, Violet remains alert.

 

New tree plantings in the Glenderamackin valley - looking back to a distant and shadowed Carrock Fell

 

Sheep gathering on the lower slopes of Souther Fell

 

Rounding the shoulder of White Horse Bent and view ahead is dominated by Blencathra and Sharp Edge

 

The path, still above the River Glenderamackin, remains easy going with a gentle gradient

 

Brunt Knott, Sharp Edge and Atkinson Pike 

 

Sharp Edge

 

The head of the Glenderamackin valley

 

Atkinson Pike & Foule Crag

The path I was following keeping above and to the right of the River Glenderamackin (now more of a beck here)

 

Foule Crag

 

Climbers on Sharp Edge

 

The path up the valley ends with this view across Mungrisdale Common towards Great Calva and Knott

 

Mungrisdale Common and Back o’ Skiddaw

 

Bannerdale Crags’ summit cairn

 

Bowscale Fell across the summit rim of Bannerdale Crags

 

Bannerdale between The Tongue and Bannerdale Crags sunlit east ridge

The Eden Valley beyond stretching towards the northern Pennines.

 

Customary summit pose from Violet

 

For a brief period Bannerdale Crags catches a whisper of low cloud

 

Bannerdale and Souther Fell

 

Carrock Fell  from the summit of Bowscale Fell……………………….

 

…………………………….the view west includes Great Calva on the left and High Pike to the right

 

Bowscale Tarn

 

High Pike from the top of Tarn Crags

 

Looking up the valley of the infant River Caldew towards Great Lingy Hill