Monday, 4 July 2011

Around Borrowdale – 02 July

After a plethora of collapsed plans for this weekend I joined A Cumbrian Runner and Scamp for a round of Borrowdale on Saturday morning. A quick stop in Ambleside on the way to Keswick for the views and reflections.

20110702-Ambleside-4Waterhead and there is another one here on blipfoto

Setting off from the foot of Catbells and going anti-clockwise meant we should get the big climbs done before our legs became too weary.

20110702-Borrowdale-3North west over Derwent Water with Blencathra and Clough Head on the skyline

Over Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Grey Knotts, Brandereth, Green Gable and Great Gable to complete the outward leg.


20110702-Borrowdale-7Scamp and the Catbells ridge with Skiddaw and Blencathra in the distance

20110702-Borrowdale-13The screes below Green Gable with Grasmoor in the distance

20110702-Borrowdale-14Sty Head tarn

Coming off Great Gable on our way passed Esk Hause, heading for Ullscarf, I realised we might just meet Nicky Spicks on her attempt to break the Woman’s Lakeland 24 hour record. We then ran into a stream of SLMM competitors, a couple of whom confirmed Nicky was due at Rossett Pike imminently. Finding Yiannis confirmed we hadn’t missed her and that was our lunch spot selected.

20110702-Borrowdale-19 Nicky on her way to complete 64 peaks inside 24 hours (more here)

From here we slogged across to Ullscarf via Greenup Edge and set our heading for Keswick to complete the round.

20110702-Borrowdale-21North from Ullscarf

By High Tove we had a water problem – not enough in our bottles and way too much under our feet so we dropped down into Watendlath and we ran back down the valley to Keswick. Not quite what we had in mind we we set off although it was probably further and gave us 26 miles and just over 8000 feet of climbing.

20110702-Borrowdale-24A Cumbrian Runner


20110702-Borrowdale-23A weary Scamp


  1. Looks like a grand day out there, Ian- fantastic.
    An incredible achievement for Nicky-
    hearty congratulations.
    And Scamp makes a wonderful foreground :)

  2. Rhiannon - It was a great day out and, yes, Scamp was a wonderful foreground.

    Nicky Spicks? Wow! Report here

  3. looks like it was a busy time in the lakeland fells last weekend. glad you got a good run out in fine weather :) ....totally in awe of nicky spicks

  4. kate - great to be out in the sunshine even if parts were very busy. Nicky Spinks, who isn't?