Harrop Tarn, Ullscarf and Armboth Fell

Name of walk Harrop Tarn, Ullscarf and Armboth Fell
Date of walk 2011-03-25
Distance walked (miles) 10
Duration of walk 7 hours 0 minutes
Weather Hazy sunshine
Peaks on walk Ullscarf, Armboth Fell
Walked with Ged and Kas the blind dog
Parking Dobgill Car Park

I had been waiting for a sunny day to do the walk to Harrop Tarn from Dobgill car park on the shores of Thirlmere. We would then head on up to Ullscarf (2381ft) and make our way via Blea Tarn over boggy, uneven ground to Armboth Fell (1570ft), then head for the good views off Fisher Crag returning to the shore for the lakeside walk back to the car. A walk of about 10 miles.

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This will be my last walk with Ged for a month as he is heading off to Vietnam and Cambodia later today. We make a detour down to the lakeshore to photograph the reflections.

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Looking south.

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We head up through the woods to Harrop Tarn.

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Harrop Tarn.

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Kas takes the stepping stone route across the water with Ged. I take the bridge!

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The ducks are soon upon us ruining the reflections!

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The scenery is very Canada-like.

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We head on up making for The Beacon. Good views down Thirlmere. Very hazy today, but also unseasonably hot.

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Looking back down to Harrop Tarn.

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Looking up the undulating ridge that will lead to Ullscarf in about two more hours! The Beacon is on the left.

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Looking across to Wythburn Church and our route down from last week's walk up Helvellyn.

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We sat and had lunch here looking across to Helm Crag.

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We were being watched!

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The last section is a gentle walk up a grassy slope with good views over the Hellvellyn range.

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Ullscarf summit.

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We head for the shores of Blea Tarn. We are glad that it has been very dry for March. This is not a walk to attempt after rain. The terrain is unbelievably wet! Armboth Fell is just above and to the right of Blea Tarn and we aim to chose the driest possible route!

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We take a short drink break.

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Blea Tarn is a lot bigger and hence further away than it initially appears.

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We then head up towards Armboth Fell over undulating terrain. We spot some deer in the distance amongst the heather. They spot us too!

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Looking towards High Tove and High Seat as we continue over wet ground to Armboth Fell summit.

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Ta da! The large, imposing summit cairn of Amboth Fell.......no expense spared in its construction!

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After what seems like a minute, but probably wasn't as long as that, we head for Fisher Crag. The little rocky outcrop ahead that has great views.

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Looking down Thirlmere towards High Rigg. Blencathra disappears in the haze.

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Looking in the opposite direction

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We then head over the stile on to the track that will take us down to Thirlmere near Armboth car park.

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We join the lakeside path.

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Lakeside path.

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Looking towards Dunmail raise from just past The Hause.

The lakeside path walk took an hour and a quarter and is a good walk in itself. The whole walk was seven hours, and we didn`t meet anyone! The section from Ullscarf to Armboth was the only awkward bit. Another good day with great weather!
Jo.
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