Eskdale to Great Moss

Name of walk Eskdale to Great Moss
Date of walk 2014-11-05
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 6 hours 10 minutes
Weather Glorious blue skies
Peaks on walk None
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Brotherikeld

Yesterday Ged and I changed our walking plans to head to Eskdale and on up to Great Moss to look out for Jasper, a border collie who went missing at Cam Spout, below Scafell Pike, on Sunday. There would not be enough time for us to go up to Scafell Pike from this direction, as it nine miles there and back just to reach Great Moss, and with the shorter daylight hours we would be coming down after dark. On a day like this there would be plenty of people on the summit, and with the social media coverage, a large number of them will be on the look out for Jasper. It was a glorious day weather wise so it would still be an enjoyable walk even without getting on a summit. It is horrible to think of a dog lost for three days, alone, hungry and cold in the mountains.

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View to Harter Fell from the Birker Fell Road.

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Brotherikeld, we parked just up the Hard Knott Pass hill, where there is room for several cars. It was rather chilly in the shade.

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Close up of Bowfell from the farm.

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It was a bit warmer in the sunshine as we follow the River Esk up the valley.

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Cloud on Bowfell.

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I am now wearing woolly hat and gloves for the first time since last winter.

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Please excuse my shadow in a few of the photos, but the sun is directly behind us, and I can only get rid of it by zooming-in, which then compacts the view.

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Heading for Lingcove Bridge.

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Tongue Pot, our summer swimming venue.

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We will head up on the right.

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Ged and Kas on Lingcove Bridge.

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Lots of water in the cascades and waterfalls today.

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Scafell Pike is the grey fell in the dip.

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We walk up beside the Esk Falls ravine. Scafell Pike in the distance. Green Crag on the left.

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Looking down on the cascades of Esk Falls.

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Scar Lithing ahead with Scafell Pike on the left.

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Ged chooses to risk the waterlogged path by the river. Kas and I take the higher path that loops around the wet area. Slight Side ahead with Scafell on the right.

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Kas and I now rejoin Ged at the River. Both routes were a bit wet underfoot.

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Kas and I survey Great Moss. So far we have met no one. Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and the slopes of Esk Pike on the right. I head off to the left for the highest point on Great Moss.

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Ged and Kas (centre right) head across Great Moss in another direction.

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Then we head for the river. Cam Spout Crag on the left. This is where Adam last saw Jasper.

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This is as far as we can go, as we need to be back before dark. We have a shouting chat across the river with a guy who came up the quicker, higher level route, also looking for Jasper with two other people. They have seen no sign of him either.

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We decide to return by the way we came, but keeping to the river edge.

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View back to Slight Side and Scafell.

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Looking across to Hard Knott and our valley route off right.

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The sheepfold at Lingcove Bridge.

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And in close up. We have a late lunch in the sunshine by the bridge.

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Ged is trying out his new glasses today. He now looks like a cross between 80's Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry, and Jack Hargreaves from How!

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Steeple on the side of Hard Knott.

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Our shadows in the autumn sunshine.

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Ged and Kas doing the 'Hokey Cokey'.

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Returning towards the farm.

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View back from Brotherikeld.

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We head for The Woolpack Inn for a coffee and a chat with other searchers. There have been possible sightings of Jasper in Wasdale and Gosforth. We make friends with a lab. He has his head on my knee....awwww!

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We head for home at sunset over the Hardknott Pass.

The walk took us six hours and ten minutes.

At the time of writing this I have just heard via Facebook that Jasper has been found safe and well this morning on Scafell Pike and has been reunited with his owner, Adam Nolan! Great news!

Jo

 

 

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