Monday, 2 February 2015

Place Fell & Kidsty Pike – 31 January

These may seem like an unlikely pairing and indeed they weren’t what we planned when we set off from Beetham Cottage but the the strong, bitterly cold wind on the summit of Place Fell changed our plans. Without particular summits in mind we headed back to Boredale Hause and decided to keep the wind behind us. Heading south we watched the sunlight play on the Helvellyn ridge and we watched the wind create huge clouds of spindrift.

Passing Angle Tarn and on to the foot of The Knott and then Kidsty Pike seemed an attractive destination, not realising just how cold crossing Rampsgill Head (twice) would be. The already strong wind had been strengthening all day and it was now whipping up the fallen snow, scouring Rampsgill Head and creating spindrift up to 3 metres high. We turned at Kidsty Pike, back over Rampsgill Head and down to Hartsop. A very fine winter day on the fells.

Looking West towards the Helvellyn ridge

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Looking South towards Kirkstone Pass

 

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