Sunday, 3rd August 2008


Walk: Seathwaite, Rosthwaite Fell(Bessy Boot), Tarn at Leaves, Rosthwaite Cam, Coombe Head, Glaramara, Allen Crags, Sprinkling Tarn, Styhead Tar, Stockley Bridge
Start Point: Seathwaite Grid Ref: NY 235 122
Distance: 10.8 miles Ascent: 3,400 feet
Weather: A very unsettled day with frequent heavy showers and sunny intervals
Accompanied by:

Ray (leader), Marie, John L, Steve

Comments: Starting from Seathwaite, the “wettest place in England”, the climb to Bessy Boot was pretty tough in the wet conditions. In fact, if it wasn't slippery it was boggy for most of the walk. If we weren't stepping gingerly over the rocks we were dragging our boots out of the boggy ground. The one saving grace was that we finally had some decent views - after two previous trips up Glaramara had resulted in a wall of mist. The descent from Allen Crags saw the weather improve - until we reached the car, when we had a sudden heavy downpour just as we were changing boots, etc!!


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I don't think the campers will be having a very good week!


The gill doesn't look bad here - but just wait till we have to cross it


Castle Crag is just a 'pimple' from here


Bessy Boot - named by Wainwright as Rosthwaite Fell, but not the highest point here


Tarn at Leaves from Bessy Boot


Rosthwaite Cam, the highest point on Rosthwaite Fell


The sun catches the slopes of the Langstrath Valley


Crossing Great Hollow - one of the boggy sections


Almost the same angle as the third photo - but from much higher up


The path to nowhere - or as Wainwright puts it, a 20 foot rock step


Finally on Glaramara . . .


and looking back down to Derwent Water


Lunch in the shelter of some rocks . . .


walking round to the other side of the rocks we can see the Seathwaite Valley


High House Tarn - Wainwright considered this to be a 'perfect mountain tarn'


The Langdales, Lingmoor Fell and Windermere from the path to Allen Crags


Windswept on Allen Crags . . .


but a different view catches some sun in the distance


Esk Hause from Allen Crags


Bow Fell hides in the mist


Sun and cloud - over Seathwaite Fell and Sprinkling Tarn


Sprinkling Tarn looks much better from lower down . . .


and a brief appearance of the sun highlights the waterfall on the way to Styhead Tarn


Styhead Tarn and our route down


The meeting of paths at the mountain rescue stretcher box


Esk Hause towers above Styhead Tarn


Styhead Gill waterfall


Crossing Styhead Gill . . .


we head down past Greenhow Knott . . .


with the Seathwaite Valley coming into view . . .


then across Stockley Bridge . . .


where we get a view up Grains Gill

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