The second in an occasional series of Parish Boundary walk – the first was about 7 years ago we won’t be waiting another 7 before the next one. Amongst the books A Wainwright published is a large coffee table one entitled “Westmorland Heritage” in which he describes his beloved county as it was in March 1974. He describes it parish by parish and in doing so identifies the boundaries and produces another list. The Grasmere parish boundary crosses the A591 near White Moss car park and then takes a more or less direct line to High Nab which is for all intents and purposes impossible to follow. The north west corner is close to Sergeant Man and it would seem a pity not to visit both Sergeant Man and High Raise, so we did. The “we” this time is a party of 6 plus Dylan from The Rucksack Club.
Starting at Dunmail Raise and over Steel Fell to High Raise and then Sergeant Man to reach the rarely visited ridge running to Silver How.
Beyond Silver How, in contrast with the rest of the ridge Loughrigg Terrace is very busy but it gets us to the A591 crossing. Thereafter we use Dunney Beck to provide a way of gaining the ridge on the west side of the Fairfield Horseshoe just below Heron Pike.
Now the route is straightforward – Heron Pike and Great Rigg to Fairfield then back to Dunmail Raise over Seat Sandal.
A grand day out. Not, perhaps, on the scale of the Old County Tops whose front runners we saw from High Raise as they approached Greenup Edge but 17 miles with 6000 feet of climbing in an unusual circuit around Grasmere.