Wednesday 5th August 2009

 

Start Point : Wasdale Head (NY 187 085)

                   

Distance : 6.2 miles          Height Ascended : 910 metres

 

Route Map

    

 

Memorial stone in the tiny churchyard at Wasdale Head in

remembrance of a climbing party lost in 1959 on the Karakoram, Himalaya

 

………….and the inscription

 

A gloomy start to the day with the summit of Great Gable, today’s objective,  hidden in cloud

 

The footbridge over Lingmell Beck near the farm at Burnthwaite

 

Wasdale Head

 

Looking up to the Great Napes

 

Piers Gill

 

A look back to Wasdale Head - overlooked here by Yewbarrow, Red Pike and Kirk Fell

 

Styhead Tarn and a distant view of Blencathra

 

Great views towards Borrowdale and beyond  from the steep climb up Great Gable from Sty Head

 

Styhead Tarn below Seathwaite Fell with Glaramara, the high point on the skyline, behind

 

A sun-dappled Scafell massif

 

Another view towards Borrowdale -  Clough Head centred in the far  distance with the Dodds ridge extending right to Helvellyn

 

Great End - the path from Sty Head to Esk Hause clearly visible

 

Looking down on Green Gable

 

The bronze War Memorial tablet of the Fell and Rock

Climbing club set into Great Gable’s summit cairn

 

A delightful scene from the top of Great Gable looking down into Ennerdale and across the High Stile ridge and Haystacks to Crummock Water and Grasmoor

 

The westerly panorama from the Westmorland Cairn overlooking Kirk Fell is equally impressive – click on image for a larger version

 

The Westmorland Cairn erected in 1876 by the brothers Westmorland to mark what

they considered to be the finest mountain viewpoint in the district…………………………………..

 

……………….not bad is it

 

The patchwork quilt of fields at Wasdale Head

 

Looking steeply down on Tophet Bastion and the upper wall of the Napes with scree of Great

 Hell Gate running down to the left…………..(AW - TheThe Western Fells Great Gable 13)

 

Overlooking the Westmorland Cairn and Kirk Fell to the Mosedale Horseshoe - Seatallan the highpoint to the left

 

Looking up Little Hell Gate

 

Back o' Sphinx Rock

 

Something catches Violet’s attention

 

Wast Water and Wasdale Head from the South Traverse below Great Napes

 

The Great Napes

 

Front o' Sphinx Rock (also known as Cat Rock)

 

The South Traverse crosses the scree run of Little Hell Gate - a climber half way up on the left (red coat) gives an idea of scale

 

Beck Head

 

Another view of Wasdale Head this time from the descent down Gavel Neese

 

Looking up the steep slope of Gavel Neese to the 'Napes'

 

Kirk Fell's Ill Gill

 

A last look back to Sty Head and Great End from the footbridge at the foot of Gavel Neese

 

Kirk Fell

 

Great Gable from Wasdale Head - a rather brighter scene than at the start of the walk……………………

 

 

…………….even the butterflies and bees were out (Small Tortoiseshell & White-Tailed Bumblebee)

 

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