Monday, 18 October 2010

Buttermere Fells – 16 Oct

Even if the weather couldn’t quite match the glorious warm day we enjoyed a year ago in Wasdale last Saturday started out bright and sunny. Any warmth the sun might have provided was blasted away from the fell tops by a brisk, bitter north easterly wind – a good drying wind, I am sure. Away from Buttermere and up Red Pike for look over to Grasmoor and down into Ennerdale to reverse part of the Ennerdale Horseshoe fell race route, surely the best of the Lakeland races.

BF-100Grasmoor and the outlying fells above Crummock Water 

BF-101 Anglers Crag beyond Ennerdale Water

Beyond Great Borne we reached Gavel Fell before turning for Floutern Moss and the return to Buttermere. A good drying wind it must have been because I can’t remember this vast, sprawling bog being as dry as we found it on Saturday. Not that we kept our feet dry but nowhere did we encounter the calf deep areas I recall from previous crossings.

BF-102 Scale Force waterfall – the highest in the Lake District with a single drop of 170 feet

We have crossed below or above Scale Force falls every other time we have been here and so a closer look was overdue. Although the water volume could be much higher and often is the level was low enough to allow us to scramble to the very bottom of the big drop and spectacular it is.

 

BF-103 Along Buttermere to Fleetwith Pike, half in sunshine, at the far end

Beyond Scale Force, Buttermere was bathed in afternoon sunshine and down here, sheltered from the wind, it was almost possible to pretend summer was still with us.

1 comment:

  1. Another stunning set of photos Ian! I love the waterfall one, it's amazing.

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