Great Borne to Red Pike from Ennerdale

Name of walk Great Borne to Red Pike from Ennerdale
Date of walk 2011-11-07
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 5 hours 30 minutes
Weather Sunshine and excellent visibility
Peaks on walk Great Borne, Starling Dodd, Red Pike
Walked with On own
Parking Bowness Knott

Today I wanted a long, quiet walk in blue skies and sunshine so I went to Ennerdale to climb Great Borne (2019ft), Starling Dodd (2085ft) and Red Pike (2479ft). A repeat of the walk I did a year ago in mist and saw nothing! No mist today! First I had to scrape the ice off the car, always a good omen for a clear day!

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Looking over Ennerdale Water to Angler`s Crag and Crag Fell behind

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The ground was frozen and frosty on the way up and on the tops too

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Heading up the steep bit behind the foxes bield.

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View back down and over a deforested Bowness Knott.

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Looking over to Grasmoor from Great Borne summit. Even though the puddles were frozen it was jolly warm and I was just in a T-shirt. There was not a bit of wind either!

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The route ahead towards Starling Dodd and Red Pike. Great Gable far right.

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The Scottish Mountains peeking out of the clouds.

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Close-up of the islands in the sky, the effects of a thermal inversion.

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Looking over Mellbreak to Whiteside, Hopegill Head, Grasmoor, Crag Hill, Wandope and Whiteless Pike, with Crummock Water below.

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Heading for Starling Dodd, Pillar far right.

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A better view down to Crummock Water and Rannerdale Knotts

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Starling Dodd summit looking towards Red Pike.

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Looking back down to Ennerdale.

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View to the Scottish Mountains.

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Looking back over Starling Dodd to Great Borne.

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Now on the final push for the summit, I chose the steeper route with the better views. Loweswater at the back.

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Summit view. The next few shots swing round to the right.

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This was my lunch view!! On Red Pike summit I saw the first people I had seen since leaving my car.

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Looking towards Derwent Water.

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Looking down on Buttermere and Bleaberry Tarn in the shade. Looking across to Robinson, Hindscarth and Dale Head.

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Just sittin'

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I headed back down towards Ennerdale. Looking back up the gill I had walked beside. Red Pike is out of sight on the right.

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Looking down the Ennerdale Valley. Pillar on the right. Green Gable and Great Gable ahead.

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Once back down there was still 50 minutes of walking to reach my car. Looking down the River Liza from the bridge..

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View back from the lakeshore path.

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Pillar, Steeple, Haycock and Caw at the back.

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As I drove back over Corney Fell the forecast bank of cloud coming in from the south was almost upon me. It was cloudy and nearly dark by just gone four, when I picked Tom up from college on my way home. The good weather is now gone for the rest of the week. It was great while it lasted!

The walk took five and a half hours and was seven miles long. A good day to charge up the batteries to protect against Seasonal Affective Disorder!
Jo.
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