|Walk:||Thirlmere, Raven Crag, Dale Bottom, Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High Tove, Armboth Fell, Cockrigg Crags|
|Start Point:||Lay-by 0.6 miles north of Armboth car park||Grid Ref:||NY 306 181|
|Distance:||12.5 miles||Ascent:||3,300 feet|
|Weather:||Rain all day with very strong winds on the high fells|
Marie, Sheila and Sandra
|Comments:||Setting out in light rain the climb to Raven Crag was quite sheltered but we couldn't take advantage of the great views that can be enjoyed on a good day. Descending initially by the service track made for easy walking but when we moved into the valley the bracken and eroded path was hard going. We made good time from Dale Bottom to Walla Crag but as soon as we approached the crag we mat the full force of the wind. As we were leaving the Crag the rain eased and we found a sheltered ravine where we could eat our lunch in relative comfort. The wind and rain increased as we made our way across and up to Bleaberry Fell where it was difficult to remain standing. From here the route over High Seat, High Tove and across to Armboth Fell was extremely wet underfoot and the wind and rain were incessant. Fortunately the group remained high spirited with suggestions that this was an 'interesting challenge'. From Armboth Fell it was difficult to cross the first beck, which was in spate, and a detour had to be made to a higher point to get across. As we were descending Cockrigg Crags there were a number of small streams to cross - when the water hadn't decided to flow down the path itself! We were relieved to reach the road and quickly made our way back to the car - rather wet!!!!!|
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Climbing through the trees . . .
a service track gives views of Raven Crag . . .
where it is rather wet - but not too windy
A sheltered gully provides an ideal spot for lunch
Trying to stand up on Bleaberry Fell . . .
and trying not to get blown off on Armboth Fell, with High Tove in the distance