Sunday, 24 July 2016

Back Again, Birkett Bagging - 23 July

Back to the Far Eastern Fells again but this time with a bunch of Birketts to bag. Two groups beckoned - the first, and last as it turned out, are east of Loadpot Hill while second is above Martindale. This won't be an elegant route but it includes two Wainwrights we want to complete our Third Round so an inelegant slog it will be.

Perhaps it was the excitement of seeing a Red Squirrel that caused us to overshoot the hills by a considerable margin before realising my error - "Get them on the way back", suggested Pauline and so we did.

Low Kop became our first 'tick' then over Wether Hill and Loadpot Hill to reach Swarth Fell and Bonscale Fell before dropping down to Howtown.

A humid, midge-ridden climb through the bracken above Steel End brought us to Pikeawassa, Brownthwaite Crag and Gowk Hill for a good look at the climb back up Wether Hill for the long drag back to Four Stones Hill and Pinnacle How. The descent from Pinnacle How leaves us not far from the car which pleases us both because this seemed like a long hard day.

Ullswater


St Sunday Crag and much more


High Raise from Bampton Common

Ruin above Bampton

Nestling in the Fellside


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