Monday, 24 March 2014

Buttermere – 22 March

Overnight at Penruddock before meeting in Buttermere for a walk over the Buttermere Fells with The Rucksack Club coming back over Dale Head and Grasmoor, if there is time. At low levels there had been a sprinkling of snow and high white hills could be seen in the distance.

20140322-penruddock-111-Edit1Towards the Mell Fells from Penruddock (1)


20140322-penruddock-114-Edit2Towards the Mell Fells from Penruddock (2)

20140322-penruddock-131-Edit3From below Red Pike looking over Buttermere to the Grasmoor fells

20140322-penruddock-132-Edit4After warming up on the climb out of Buttermere a stop was need to remove extra layers

20140322-penruddock-138-Edit5Grasmoor with Crummock Water in the distance

20140322-penruddock-141-Edit6Buttermere and the Grasmoor fells

Before we reached the tarn the sunny intervals had been replaced by heavy snow and the visibility reduced to “not very much”. The extra layers previously shed were pulled back on for the final stretch to the summit of Red Pike. The blizzard awaiting us alternated between snow and hailstones and the wind although never quite reaching the speed forecast was still strong enough to create thigh deep drifts. The ‘stroll’ along the ridge to Haystacks was more of a struggle and not always pleasant but by Scarth Gap the worst had blown through.


20140322-penruddock-144-Edit7Looking down into Buttermere

20140322-penruddock-154-Edit8The Buttermere Fells

20140322-penruddock-156-Edit9Jean, the Meet Organiser, and others at Honister Pass

A small, fast group left Honister Pass ahead of the rest of us with view to continuing over Grasmoor before meeting the main party in Buttermere. The going had been slower than expected all day and it wasn’t improving much although the weather was. Eventually it became obvious that reaching Grasmoor was going to make it a very long day indeed and the two groups met up just before Robinson to descend into Buttermere together.


20140322-penruddock-160-Edit10On the way up Dale Head

20140322-penruddock-173-Edit11Approaching Dale Head summit

20140322-penruddock-176-Edit13Dale Head summit

20140322-penruddock-175-Edit12Leaving Dale Head summit


20140322-penruddock-180-Edit15Towards Catbells with Blencathra in the far distance

20140322-penruddock-199-Edit17Descending from Robinson

20140322-penruddock-209-Edit18The Grasmoor fells


20140322-penruddock-210-Edit19Descending to Buttermere

20140322-penruddock-21120A very welcome and hard earned beer to finish off the day

Huge thanks to Jean for a very memorable day on the hills.

1 comment:

  1. excellent photos Ian, a great weekend. Cheers Jean