Friday, 8 May 2009

Classic day in the Lakes

Last week: 51 miles; 6950 feet; 10:40:12

With Colin & Albert on Saturday for brilliant route from Colin over Scafell Pike to Upper Eskdale and back to the Three Shires Stone. Cold Pike, Crinkles, Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End, Scafell Pike and straight down in Upper Eskdale before returning over Little Stand to the TSS. A great collection of fell race routes and apart from Scafell Pike a quiet route even on a bank holiday weekend – one to do again. The rest of the week was pretty easy, no more big climbs and no more long sessions – almost a taper in preparation for The Fellsman tomorrow.

I now have 5 weeks left and plan three hard weeks culminating in another “Joss” (on a slower schedule),  a week in Scotland and then Duddon before a two week taper as the final preparation for the 13th June which is the same date that Bob Graham did his round.

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Scafell Pike from Bowfell and then from Esk Pike

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Great Gable, Green Gable & Sty Head Tarn (left) and (right) Lingmell and Wasdale Head

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With Albert above Upper Eskdale and Scafell & Scafell Pike

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Couple of locals

4 comments:

Susan Donnelly said...

Wow, stunning. I want to be there! Thanks for the photos.

Rich Down said...

What was your route? I've been looking at having a go at the obvious horsehoe loop from Scafell Pike via Great End to Bowfell and Crinkle Crags but really don't know the Lakes very well - as you can see from my blog http://blogs.liverpoolecho.co.uk/aintnomountainhighenough/
I'm planning to have a go as a sort of quasi stag do thing in August but thought about attacking it from Hardknott. Is that going to really add on the miles as the map makes it look like a nice 5 - 6km lead in which could serve to warm us up before the real climbs get going.
Which way did you approach it and how many miles did you cover in total.
Thanks,
Rich

Rich Down said...

What route did you take on this one? It's exactly to walk I've been cooking up after looking at maps at home recently. I was thinking of heading up to Scafell from Hardknott as a neat horseshoe shape walk would take me via great end to Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags before heading back down the valley. But is that way too far for a day's walk (8 to 10 hours).
I do a fair amount of walking as you can see in http://blogs.liverpoolecho.co.uk/aintnomountainhighenough/ but mainly in Wales so was hoping you might give me a bit of advice

Ian Charters said...

Route started at Three Shires Stone going over Cold Pike, Crinkles, Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End, Scafell Pike and straight down in Upper Eskdale before returning over Little Stand to the TSS.14 miles & 5500 feet of climbing