Gloomy skies at Grasmere

Last weekend I was in Grasmere with Crosby Rambling Club and looking forward to a good walk with fine views. The weather forecast had been quite good but when we arrived there it was overcast.

I decided to do the B+ walk. Ray, our leader had added the + because although the walk was only 8 miles it involved over 2000 ft of ascent.

201 Climbing Silver How

We started our walk by going past Allen Bank and followed the track onto the fells. It was a steady slog and we were very warm and soon stopped to shed layers.

204 Crossing Wray Gill

We crossed Wray Gill and then headed towards the cairn on the summit of Silver How ( 1292 ft ). Soon we were in the mist and there was a fine drizzle. Time to put our waterproofs back on.

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By the time we reached the summit visibility was down to about 20 yards. One of the main reasons for climbing Silver How is to appreciate the views but today they were non-existent. We did get a group photo.

214 At the summit

We now headed across Brigstone Moss passing a few small tarns. With the poor visibility navigation was difficult. The path was very faint with just the occasional cairn, it was a good job we had GPS.

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Our route took us past Lang How, Swinescar Pike, Little and Great Castle Hows  and on to Blea Rigg.

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Here we had a bit of difficulty finding the path leading down to Easedale Tarn. There was hardly any trace of a path on the ground and we were almost on top of the cairn before we spotted it. We had to keep in a tight group so as not to lose anyone.

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As we lost height we dropped below the cloud and we could see our next objective – Easedale Tarn.

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A clear path is marked on the map but there is little evidence of it on the ground. We picked our way between rocks which we very slippery. We had to be very careful.

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As we got closer to the tarn the path improved and we were able to increase our pace.

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We were way behind schedule so we decided to take the quickest was down passing Sour Milk Gill.

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After the recent wet weather the waterfall looked very impressive.

233 Sour Milk Gill

The way down was tiresome along the rocky path and it seemed to go on forever.

Back in Grasmere we just had time for a quick pint before catching the coach. We went to the Inn at Grasmere. It used to be ‘The Red Lion’. A pint of bitter cost £4 which I thought was a bit steep. However it was tasty and refreshing. I needed it.

I was amused by the poster on the wall. It says it all.

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Another  day on the fells. It was horrendous, but I enjoyed it.

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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