Completion of the 214 (Haycock and Caw)

Name of walk Completion of the 214 (Haycock and Caw)
Date of walk 2009-10-28
Distance walked (miles) 12
Duration of walk 7 hours 30 minutes
Weather Sunshine then overcast
Peaks on walk Haycock and Caw
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Roadside by Kinniside Stone Circle
Today with Caw (2263ft) and Haycock (2618ft) I would complete all the 214 Wainwright mountains. Which comprises over 700 miles of walking and 230,000ft of ascent, that`s more than 8 Mount Everests!
I had wanted to finish before the clocks went back, but the weather was not agreeable. So today I needed an early start to get to the Kinniside Stone Circle by 9am. Ged was arriving later and coming up via Ennerdale Water and I would meet him on the top. From Kinniside to Haycock was 7 miles, so the return journey would be 14 miles. Going back down with Ged would be 2 miles shorter with different scenery, so a much better proposal. Ged would then be able to give me a lift back to my car, so that is what I did. I was looking forward to this route up because it was just a gentle stroll over grass for most of the way, so dead easy.
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Looking back down the Miners path. The weather was warm, no need for a coat.

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Looking up at the wall. I would be following the wall all the way to Haycock, so even in mist you could not go wrong.

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Great Borne, Starling Dodd, Red Pike and High Stile, very clear this morning.

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Crag Fell on the left, looking over to Knock Murton and the Scottish Fells. Ennerdale Water looking very blue.

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Looking down the wall to Grike and Crag Fell.

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Lank Rigg.

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Gate in the wall that leads to Iron Crag summit cairn.

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Pillar, Steeple, Scoat Fell and Haycock from Iron Crag summit.

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WW2 plane crash remains on the summit.

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Heading up to Caw with Haycock far left. It was now becoming cloudy.

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I crossed the wall via the stile and looked down the valley.

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Caw summit, looking over to Grasmoor at the back. Black clouds overhead.

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As I headed down from Caw I spotted Ged heading up from the valley.....good timing! We made our way towards Little Gowder Crag with Haycock on the right.

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Looking down the River Bleng with Seatallan on the left.

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View from Haycock. The route down is just behind my head. Pity the sun has gone as it is not so warm now.

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Looking back at a grassy Caw.

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The Scafells in mist. Scoat Tarn on the left, Burnmoor Tarn far right.

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Close up of Scoat Tarn.

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Wast Water with Illgill Head behind. Middle Fell, Greendale Tarn and Seatallan on the right.

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Sunshine in Wasdale.

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Summit cairn and an Aussie mini-celebration for the 214.

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We stopped for lunch in the shelter.

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The mist was now creeping in from the sea and before long we were in hill fog!

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Thankfully the mist cleared quickly and we started our descent.

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But first we visited the top of Little Gowder Crag.

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Heading down through the heather.

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Crossing the bridge of Silvercove Beck.

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Crossing the bridge over the River Liza, Pillar on the right..

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Looking back at the route down. Mist now on the summits.

We got back to Ged`s car just after 4.30pm, so the walk had take me seven and a half hours for the 12 miles.
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