|Walk:||Steel End, Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Sergeant Man, High Raise, Ullscarf, Standing Crag, Harrop Tarn|
|Start Point:||Dob Gill car park||Grid Ref:||NY 315 140|
|Distance:||11 miles||Ascent:||3,200 feet|
7 members of the group
|Comments:||A brisk walk to Steel End warms us up for the climb up to Steel Fell, and a chance to check out the views over the valley to Helvellyn, Fairfield, etc - just a few of the many summits we will see today. A good ridge walk leads us on to Calf Crag where a comfortable, sheltered spot provides us with good views as we take our morning break. Leaving Calf Crag it's time to recall Coast-to-Coast expeditions as we cross the head of Far Easedale and make our way beside Mere Beck to Codale Head and on to Sergeant Man, and a new set of summits to identify. Turning our back on the 'Man' we head across to a very windy High Raise. An elderly couple vacate the shelter as we enter it - hope we will still be doing these walks when we are their age! By the time we have finished our lunch there is some very serious-looking 'weather' making its way across the Langstrath Valley, but fortunately it isn't long before it has passed us by. From Low White Stones we have quite a descent to Greenup Edge - and more thoughts of the Coast-to-Coast before climbing again to Ullscarf. Now on the last lap and it should all be straightforward - or so I thought!!!! Descending to Thirlmere Forest Garry decides to explore the deepest part of the boggy ground that he can find - up to his knees! Then in the forest, the path marked as a bridleway deteriorates to little more than a rocky stream bed - and we have had a lot of rain recently. I thought horses and cyclists should be able to navigate bridleways??!!|
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The sun highlights our first climb . . .
which heads steeply up the end . . .
of Steel Fell
Calf Crag, with the Greenhow Crags catching the sun . . .
which enhances our coffee stop overlooking . . .
Helm Crag and Grasmere
The tarn on Brownrigg Moss sits below Greenup Edge . . .
and in the opposite direction we look down onto Far Easedale . . .
and further along the path, ridge upon ridge tests our knowledge of the summits
Sergeant Man stands out prominently from Codale Head . . .
and the men soon 'bag' the summit
We now have views over Stickle Tarn to the Coniston Fells . . .
and along the ridge to Elterwater and Windermere
Enjoying the view on a windy High Raise . . .
before deciding to . . .
take advantage of the shelter for lunch, and while we are busy eating . . .
some serious 'weather' approaches over Glaramara
Moving on to Ullscarf the sun has returned . . .
and the pole points out Great Gable . . .
and one for the album
Descending from Standing Crag . . .
we have a good view of Blea Tarn
Harrop Tarn, with Tarn Crags in the background . . .
and a good bridleway leads us to . . .
the footbridge, after which a difficult descent . . .
takes us down to the road and the bridge over Dob Gill