|Walk:||Ing Lane, Troutbeck Park, Trout Beck valley, Threshthwaite Mouth, Threshthwaite Crag, Stony Cove Pike, Pike How, Woundale Valley, Kirkstone Pass road|
|Start Point:||Troutbeck, Church Bridge,||Grid Reference:||NY 412 027|
|Distance:||12.8 miles||Ascent:||2,780 feet|
|Weather:||A dry start followed by wind and torrential rain|
|Comments:||The day started off pleasantly with an easy walk along Ings Lane then beside Trout Beck with its many waterfalls. However, after crossing the beck via the picturesque clapper bridge the path became more difficult to follow in the wet conditions. The scramble from Threshwaite Mouth looks easy enough but there are some tricky sections and as the wind increased and the rain became torrential I doubted the wisdom of tackling the route in the conditions I faced. As I climbed, the mist descended making the task even more unpleasant!!
The cairn marking Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor) loomed out of the mist but no point in stopping there. As the rain continued to lash down, I descended beside the wall, turning off the main path just beyond Pike How. The mist eventually lifted as I made my way along the intermittent path down the Woundale Valley. When I reached the road the mist was covering Wansfell, my next target, so I decided on the easier option of following the road back to the car.
A pleasant start to the walk but cloud sits on the summits surrounding the valley
A happy bunch
The recent rain is evident . . .
in the waterfalls . . .
as I walk beside Trout Beck
The interesting bridge across the beck is an ideal spot from a brief stop . . .
giving time to admire the view
It's looking brighter but . . .
the path is very wet and difficult to follow at times.
Arriving at Threshthwaite Mouth the scramble looks much easier than it actually is,
and much of it can't be seen from here.
Five minutes later the wind picked and heavy rain descended, followed by mist!!!