Sunday, 27 May 2012

Bob Graham Round: Leg 5 – 26 May

Most people with an interest in the Bob Graham Round (BGR) think of Leg 5 as the section that includes Dale Head, Hindscarth, Robinson and the stretch of road to Keswick but there is an older tradition of running it the other way round and this is maintained by Clayton-le-Moors Harriers and other individual runners who prefer an anti-clockwise round finishing with Blencathra, Great Calva and Skiddaw – the “Clayton Way”. Towards the end of June, if the weather holds and injuries are avoided Paul Murray will be marking his 70th birthday with another BGR attempt. All being well, I’ll be helping him on his last leg over the Northern Fells which is why we had a day looking at the route on Saturday.

NFells-1-Edit-1First look up the first climb to the summit of Blencathra

NFells-3-Edit-2Looking south with Clough Head prominent

NFells-8-Edit-3Back down Hall’s Fell ridge as we near the rocky section

NFells-13-Edit-4West from Mungrisedale Common

NFells-20-Edit-5Paul with Skiddaw beyond

NFells-26-Edit-6Enjoying the view from Skiddaw summit

NFells-27-Edit-2-7Derwent Water from Skiddaw

NFells-32-Edit-8Howell Memorial Cross on Skiddaw with the Helvellyn ridge beyond

NFells-36-Edit-9North Western fells

We had a good outing, a good look at the ground and I think we have more or less decided on the best lines and how to find them if the hills are shrouded in mist – unless Paul is a long way ahead of his schedule we be doing this in very early morning light to reach Keswick in time from breakfast.

1 comment:

  1. I keep toying with the idea of an anticlockwise round, starting at the civilised time of 7:00 am. I didn't realise that this was the CleM way.