|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|
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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