Monday, 18 April 2011

Grasmere Fells, Tarns & Gingerbread – 16 April

A Morecambe Bay & Bowland LDWA Challenge Event from Grasmere along most of one side of the Fairfield Horseshoe to Fairfield before dropping back down to the valley for a long arc over another four summits or ridges for a view of Grasmere over the mere of the same name and the final descent. About 20 miles and 6500 feet of climbing are involved so it is a pretty good day and the only disappointment, apart from a little route finding difficulty, was the low cloud that hung over Fairfield in the morning, while we were there.

GFTG-031Still misty morning on Windermere at Ambleside

GFTG-001Waiting at the start (1)

GFTG-003Nick Ham and others, including Pauline, wait for the start

GFTG-006Climbing to Fairfield

GFTG-007Steep prolonged descent from Fairfield

GFTG-010The end of the Fairfield descent

GFTG-011Looking towards Fairfield with the summit of Seat Sandal visible between the cloud layers

GFTG-018Easedale Tarn

GFTG-020Near Silver Howe, being carried now but “he walked almost all the way up on his own”

GFTG-021Helm Crag clears about an hour after we were there

GFTG-029Final view of Grasmere with the town beyond from Loughrigg Fell

We hadn’t done this event previously and some of the route finding was “tricky”, to the extent that we went a bit astray on the approach to Loughrigg Fell. We were in a small group and no one could make sense of the instructions which was particularly unfortunate from Chris Green who had set off late and navigated his own way round perfectly, until he caught up with us! A couple of fences later and we were back on the route to finish in just over six hours. Having visited the Fells & Tarns we collected our Grasmere Gingerbread and delicious it was.


  1. Gorgeous pictures as ever, Ian. I'm intrigued to know how you achieve dark moody clouds and distant fells, sharp contrast and vibrant colouring and illumination in foreground sunshine.


  2. Gorgeous pictures as ever, Ian. I'm intrigued to know how you get such high contrast pictures, dark moody sky & distant fells, rich sunlit foreground, etc.


  3. Nick - I try to get the foreground & middle distance exposure about right & just accept whatever the sky is. Sometimes it is possible to improve the sky with a bit of processing afterwards - one of the advantages of shooting RAW rather than JPEG images is the amount of control you get over the final image.