Monday, 22 October 2012

Wasdale – 20 October

Driving into Wasdale on Saturday morning we saw, to our considerable disappointment, low clouds and light rain. Neither of which were encouraging although as we headed up the valley there might have been a hint in the sky that an improvement in conditions wasn’t far away. The hint was the encouragement we wanted so we set off for Red Pike along the back of Yewbarrow to Dore Head.

20121020-wasdale-12-EditOver Beck


At Dore Head we could see the clouds above us lifting and blowing through but the valleys below below remained full of swirling grey mist that obscured the view we were looking for.


20121020-wasdale-29-EditWasdale Head with Yewbarrow on the right

20121020-wasdale-111-EditWasdale Head again with Mosedale on the left and the Scafells in the centre with Yewbarrow and more to the right

20121020-wasdale-121-EditSummiting Red Pike

By the time we reached Red Pike almost all the clouds had gone and we were being warmed by glorious sunshine. Out over the Irish Sea another bank of clouds were building but it would be a good while before they reached us, we hoped. Over Red Pike to Scoat Fell and Steeple we went for the wonderful view into Ennerdale.

20121020-wasdale-125-EditMiddle Fell and Seatallan

20121020-wasdale-140-EditEnnerdale from Steeple

20121020-wasdale-141-EditApproaching the summit on Steeple with others on Scoat Fell beyond

Back over Scoat Fell and another look at the clouds rolling in from the sea confirmed the best of the day had been and gone so we headed back down to Wasdale having thoroughly enjoy an unexpectedly warm and sunny autumn afternoon.

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