Ashness Bridge to Watendlath via Four Fells and Purple Heather

Name of walk Ashness Bridge to Watendlath via Four Fells and Purple Heather
Date of walk 2011-08-31
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 5 hours 30 minutes
Weather overcast
Peaks on walk Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High Tove
Walked with Brendan
Parking Ashness Bridge car park.

Yesteday Brendan and I went to Ashness Bridge to climb Walla Crag (1234ft), Bleaberry Fell (1932ft), High Seat (1995ft) and High Tove (1665ft) descend down to Watendlath for coffee and cake then to follow the valley trail back to Ashness Bridge. A walk of just under nine miles.

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It was forecast to be good visibility today, but with cloud. View across Ashness Bridge and Derwent Water to Skiddaw.

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Derwent Water from the path up to Walla Crag.

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No wind at all. Looking across to Cat Bells.

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View back down to Ashness Bridge.

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Cat Gill.

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The purple approach to Walla Crag summit.

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Keswick form Walla Crag summit.

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Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance.

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The Lake is still very still.

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Route up to Bleaberry Fell is on the right. Yet more purple heather!

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Leaving Walla Crag far behind.

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It is warm work!

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Bleaberry Fell summit shelter. High Seat ahead.

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High Seat summit looking back to Bleaberry Fell. The "going" had been a bit wet in places.

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Looking over to Helvellyn. Thirlmere below right.

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We wore gaitors today in preparation for the Pewits.....a bog between High Seat and High Tove.....It would be wet!

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Looking down on The Pewits.

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The Pewits were wet, but passable with care. We had a brief stop at High Tove summit then headed down towards Watendlath. We ate our sandwiches on this grass with this view.....always a good one!

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We then headed down to the cafe for dessert of coffee and ginger cake. The cafe was surprisingly quiet. The Chaffinches ate half my gingercake! They tamely landed on the arm of my chair everytime I put a piece of cake on it! Stopped for a nanosecond before flying off again with cake firmly wedged in beak!

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The guy on the next table had scones with jam and cream. The chaffinches checked out what he had left!

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We headed over the bridge. Looking back at the cafe.

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View down the valley.

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View back

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and again.

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"Surprise View". No hint of the sun all day! Very dull and overcast.

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Looking down on the Lodore Hotel.

The walk had taken five and a half hours. Pity there was no sunshine to liven up the photos, especially the heather ones that were a lot duller in the photos than with the naked eye.
Jo.
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