Sunday 1st July 2007

As this was the last day of our holiday and having sat in the tent for the previous two days only torrential rain and gale force winds were going to stop us walking today. There were occasional views out towards the Duddon Estuary but it was another day of using the compass to navigate our way out of low cloud. At the end of the walk we were surprised by how long it taken us until we stopped and considered how much of our time had been spent fighting our way up and down the summits through the thick ferns that seemed to grow on each of the slopes. In hindsight a walk that is maybe best saved for a different time of year when the ferns have died down

Start: Kiln Bank Cross (SD 2147 9328)

Route:

Kiln Bank Cross - Fox Haw (168) - Brock Barrow (169) - Caw (170) - Pikes (171) - Carter Ground - Raven's Crag (172) - Kiln Bank Cross

Distance: 7.25 miles     Ascent: 770 metres      Time Taken: 6 hrs 30 mins

Weather: Showers turning to persistent rain with low cloud.

Pub Visited: Brook House Hotel, Eskdale    Ale Drunk: Jennings Cumberland Ale

Route Map >>

 

Fox Haw

Fox Haw, the first summit of the day.

Fox Haw's summit

Fox Haw's summit.

Raven's Crag

Raven's Crag, the final summit of the day, from Fox Haw.

Caw

Caw from Fox Haw.

Harter Fell

Harter Fell with its summit lost in the cloud.

Stickle Pike & Black Combe

Stickle Pike with Black Combe in cloud, from Fox Haw.

Brock Barrow

Brock Barrow and Hesk Fell.  Seat How is just visible above the top of Brock Barrow.

Brock Barrow's summit

Brock Barrow's summit.

Stickle Pike

Stickle Pike and Great Stickle from Brock Barrow.  Sat here it looked like the weather was going to be kind and we would be able to enjoy  some good views from Caw, the next and highest summit of the day. How wrong we were. 

Caw's summit trig

Caw's summit. As we had climbed towards the summit the cloud had descended to meet us  and the rest of the day was spent in a mixture of drizzle, heavy rain and cloud.

Pikes' summit

Pikes summit with no views, again.

The Knott

The cloud lifted briefly as we started up the slopes of Raven's Crag to give us  this view back to Carter Ground, with the Knott behind it.

Raven's Crag

A small, unnamed tarn, on the way to the summit of Raven's Crag.

Raven's Crag's summit

After two false summits, each with cairns, we finally arrived at the real summit which had the smallest cairn of the three.

Previous walk Eskdale Moor Thursday 28th June 2007 <> Next walk Top o' Selside Tuesday 10th July 2007

 

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