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Wasdale and Wastwater

Wasdale and Wastwater

A trip to the Lake District a few weekends ago, the chance to walk, clamber and of course take a few pictures. The occasion was for Mike’s birthday, three days under canvas at the National Trust campsite, drinks in the Wasdale Head Inn. It makes a change to not drive and I was able to relax, enjoy the scenery and not worry about the usual British traffic.

Driving to the Lake District.

Driving to the Lake District.

The View from the Back.

The View from the Back.

Sunrise at the Services.

Sunrise at the Services.

Our first day was to be Kirk Fell, Green Gable and Great Gable, returning to the campsite by Styhead. The headline picture is the view from Great Gable along Wasdale. Although the views from Kirk Fell are good too. The clamber up Kirk fell was fun, with great drops and views back across to Pillar.

Black Sail Pass and the leading edge of Yewbarrow.

Black Sail Pass and the leading edge of Yewbarrow.

A view up Kirk Fell, a great line following the left edge up above the crags.

A view up Kirk Fell, a great line following the left edge up above the crags.

It’s always going be picture heavy on one of these posts, how can it not be? I would encourage everyone to visit the Lake District, find some of the quieter mountains, and enjoy looking at the busy ones from a distance. I’ll save the Scafell Pike pictures for later, the scrummage at the top is depressing, but we were so close it had to be visited, and the alternative scramble was horrid to get down. Lingmell is worthy of visiting though. The views over the crags and the peace after Scafell is excellent, more on that next time.

Great Gable, Green Gable to the left.

Great Gable, Green Gable to the left.

Last year Mike and I had a torrid time on Great Gable, the weather was foul and we saw nothing but the inside of clouds most of the day, this trip was the complete reverse, great weather for the big hills.

It's over there.

It’s over there.

Up after down, after first lunch.

Up after down, after first lunch.

From Windy Gap.

From Windy Gap.

Great Gable, you can see the scrape of the path rising left to right.

Great Gable, you can see the scrape of the path rising left to right.

Great Gable Summit.

Great Gable Summit.

Heading Home.

Heading Home.

When you get a day like this in the UK mountains, and it made a good day out better. The weather isn’t everything, it helps though.


Fragments.

Some fragments from the weekend to ponder on…

One.

Light split into layers,
spread and dissected by rain,

Two.

High views or wild glimpses
of huddled fields hunkered down.

Three.

The delicate touch of sunrise
to make the mundane
glow


More to come of Lakeland mountains and scratchings of writing. Take care and enjoy the view from wherever you are, walk somewhere, leave the car.

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