Saturday 15 April 2006

Around the back of Pavey Ark

The last full day we headed up to the Langdales to explore.

We headed up the path from the Old Dungeon Ghyll, and was passed by several other walkers - include a lady carrying her toddler on her shoulders.  Caroline (and I) was very impressed with her not having to use hands on the boulders.  

First view over Stickle Tarn at Harrison Stickle on the left and Pavey Ark on the right.

Caroline, being gently garrotted by the map case.

Not feeling brave enough for Jack's Rake, we headed to the right of Pavey Ark. 

View looking back with Blea Rigg on the left.

Finally to the top, the small matter of the waterlogged ground to cross to get to Pavey's Ark. 

At the top, looking towards Harrison Stickle

Caroline admiring the view back down the Langdale valley.

Me, not knowing how to pose for the camera.

Looking back towards Pavey Ark.

At Harrison Stickle.

Now looking towards Pike O' Stickle, the bump across the way.

Heading across the path. 

Looking at the approach to the climb up to the top.

From Pike O' Stickle, looking towards Blea Tarn and Squeeze Rock/Side Pike.

With Harrison Stickle on the left and Loft Crag on the right.

Heading back down, with what now seems a criminal disregard for other nearby Wainwrights.

Caroline, enjoying this part of the descent.

The flatter section before we start dropping faster down..

Wednesday 12 April 2006

First time up Coniston Old Man

The Old Man of Coniston is our most climbed Wainwright, this was the first time up.  I've reconstructed the route map from the photos.

We walked up from the village car park.

The top is up there somewhere.

Past the mine workings. 

The view over Coniston and the lake.

Up to Low Water

Caroline at Low Water.

Up the steep path and into the clouds.

A last shot below before everything disappears. 

Final stretch. 

Fairly rare couple photo at the top.

Descending down towards Goat's Water. 

Caroline, just checking we're not lost.

I'm prioritising finishing my lunch.

Banishead Quarry on the route home.

Evidence of native wildlife.  I'm fairly sure that we took a path marked on the map that went through a farm and we ended up going through some fields with sheep & cows that didn't look on the path.  Our first experience (of several) of navigation skills needing some polishing.

Tuesday 11 April 2006

Grizedale Forest & Carron Crag

We were staying in the south of the lakes, in Yew Tree Farm, so took a walk in Grizedale Forest.  I don't have a route map, but do remember it involved walking up a path that was being used as a stream on the way down.  From the photos I can tell that we ended up at the top of Carron Crag.

Caroline at the top of Carron Crag.

Looking out from the top.

Monday 10 April 2006

We never got to Helvellyn

Second full day of our honeymoon and we thought we'd see what the whole fuss about the ridges up to Helvellyn was about.  So we toddled off to Glenridding and headed uphill.

I've recreated the route from a hazy recollection of the route we took, plus looking through all the photos we took and placing them.  I'm pretty sure it was about like this...

We headed up from Glenridding on the well trodden and well made path.

Looking back over Ullswater.

Me, thankfully carrying extra layers, but looking woefully unprepared - ah, the naivety of youth. 

From the geographical Birkhouse Moor, looking up to the Wainwright Birkhouse Moor, Helvellyn and Catstye Cam. 

Looking back from the Wainwright.

At Red Tarn, having lunch at the bottom before we took Swirral Edge to the top.

The snow made the paths quite tricky work, and keeping to the exposed rocks was quite a balancing effort.

Caroline, as far as we made it up to the top.  At this point we decided the best path was down rather than up, quite probably a wise decision. 

From the top, well our top, looking over Red Tarn.

And back down again.

We headed on the northerly path between Glenridding Common and Birkhouse Moor. 

Looking back to Catstye Cam.  A really enjoyable walk, even if we didn't make it to the top.