Claife Heights and Latterbarrow

Name of walk Claife Heights and Latterbarrow
Date of walk 2011-11-18

I have only had one day off this week so on Tuesday Ged, Kas and I went to Near Sawrey, parking in a lay-by just down the road from Beatrix Potter`s house “Hill Top”. We walked back to the village and up the lane that leads on to Claiffe Heights and later on to Latterbarrow. Ged is still recovering from a hernia operation so he is still doing low hills and Latterbarrow is under 900ft. The walk was about six and a half miles. We started after lunch and would be coming back at sunset.

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Kas in the lane leading to Claife Heights........

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Moss Eccles Tarn from the path.....

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We walked around the tarn to the weir. Unfortunately poor, blind Kas didn`t see the edge and fell in and had to swim for the level bit where he could climb out!

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Ged helping Kas climb out! One way to cure a smelly dog!

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Looking over to Wise Een Tarn.....

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But first we visited a tarn on our right that belongs to the Freshwater Biological Association. Their headquarters is just on the shore of Windermere. I spent a week there back in 1982 as part of my ecology degree.

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A closer look at Wise Een Tarn. There is a large boat house right at the back below the green hill, so we head in that direction....

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The weather was warm, sunny and still.....

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Some good reflections....

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When we got to the other side, the way around was fenced off with a gate that said "private no entry". Curiosity got the better of us so we continued around to the boat house!

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We then headed off around some smaller tarns and through forest to meet the pathway that comes from Colthouse. It was rough walking and a bit wet in places, but totally deserted. Eventually we meet another fence, this time topped with barbed wire that we had to cross to get to the path. It is at times like this that I`m glad my inside leg measurement is 32 inches! Poor Ged is not so lucky and with an added hernia! But we managed to cross, Kas just gets passed over the fence. We now headed for Latterbarrow, eventually heading into the wood before ascending the short distance to the summit.....

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For a smallish hill it has an enormous cairn! Good views to the mountains behind.....

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Looking back.....

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View over Windermere to Ambleside. The Scandale Horseshoe on the left, part of the Kentmere Horseshoe on the right. The sun was getting low and all the mountains had a pinky hue......

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A distance shot back to the cairn....

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A close up of Yoke, Froswick and Ill Bell, the west side of the Kentmere Horseshoe. A large bank of cloud just behind.....

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We headed back though the forest paths, clearly defined on the OS map, we stopped off at High Moss Tarn........

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The sun was just about to set as we reached the point where we detoured off the main path.......

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Back at Wise Een Tarn......

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The sun has now set and we walk the remaining short distance back to the car in the dark.....

The walk took us just over four hours. An easy and interesting walk with lots of different ways to go! Next time we will locate the Claife Heights cairn and find Three Dubs Tarn, the only tarn we didn`t get to see!

Jo.

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