Monday, 10 April 2017

Around Grisedale - 08 April

Glorious sunny Saturday on a pre-Easter Holidays weekend and the honeypot hills are somewhere between busy and very busy. A little, low Synge Keldas overlooking Ullswater is our first of the day and we have it to ourselves. The solitude won't last so we saviour it and contemplate the "queue" already forming, above us, for Striding Edge.

Traversing three of the four summits of Birkhouse Moor with the "forming queue" is timely reminder our preference, today, to avoid Helvellyn's  Edges is a good one. Even the descent from the "Hole In The Wall" to Grisedale is busy. No matter because this isn't the place to come if quiet hills are required. An easy crossing from Birkhouse Moor to St Sunday Crag isn't easy to find and we don't find it. A grass rake allows us to climb steeply to join the path between Deepdale Hause and St Sunday Crag on our way to Gavel Pike.

Descending from Gavel Pike to Birks gives us our second "Third Round Wainwright" of the day to reduce our outstanding summits on the round to four. A pair at the far end of Ennerdale and two well separated singletons remain but other plans mean it could be the middle of the summer before we finally bag them.

Ullswater (i)

Ullswater (ii)

Place Fell and more

Helvellyn and The Edges 

Going to Striding Edge

"And we used to come down that gully"

Going Up

Across to Striding Edge

St Sunday Crag

Far Eastern Fells

Ullswater at the end of the day

  • Keldas
  • Birkhouse Moor
  • Birkhouse Moor South Top
  • Birkhouse Moor Extreme South Top
  • St Sunday Crag
  • Gavel Pike
  • Birks

1 comment:

  1. Hello again Ian ... just been looking at your many posts and wonderful photographs. I always enjoy my visits to your blog, thank you.

    All the best Jan