Lonscale Fell, Latrigg and Whinlatter

Name of walk Lonscale Fell, Latrigg and Whinlatter
Date of walk 2009-10-01

Today was a sunshine and good visibility day so I decided to climb Lonscale (2344ft), Latrigg (1203ft) and Whinlatter (1696ft). I drove to the Gale End car park for Skiddaw arriving at 9.30am. The car park was already full with like-minded people, so I parked on the road.

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View west from the Hawell Monument.

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The way up.

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Close-up of the Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Sail, Crag Hill and Grasmoor range, with Barrow and Outerside in front.

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The track up never gets any easier, but I did overtake lots of people on the way up! (Unfit tourists and old folk!)

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Latrigg is bottom left which I will do on the way back down. Derwent Water.

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Skiddaw.

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Heading for Lonscale summit.

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Great Calva with Knott behind (last week`s walks) and the back of Skiddaw House middle left.

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Towards the top of the track for Skiddaw you turn off and follow the wall off to the right for Lonscale Fell. The summit cairn with Skiddaw Little Man on the left and Skiddaw on the right

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Mungrisedale Common on the right, above that is Carrock Fell, in the middle is High Pike.

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The back of Blencathra.

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Close up of Skiddaw House.

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View down to Thirlmere.

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Close up of a circular sheepfold.

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I walked back down and then up Latrigg, straight up the grass. On the way there were excellent views back to Skiddaw.

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..and to Lonscale on the right.

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View down the Dodds to Helvellyn.

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Looking down on Keswick.

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Latrigg is the only mountain in the Lakes that has a Low Mobility Path that will take wheelchairs. Part of it is seen to the right leading to some Australian tourists at the view point. They even said "G`day"! I went down via the Mobility Path it was easier on the knees, but a longer route.

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View to Bassenthwaite Lake. Dodd on the right and the Whinlatter pass, my next destination, in the gap on the left.

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I returned to the car and drove over the Whinlatter Pass to the Visitor Centre. I then walked up through the woods looking out for the crossroads where I would find waymarker 2 and turn left. There are many different tracks and it is easy to get lost. I thought this was a kangaroo.....turned out to be a squirrel!

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Waymarker 55, cross style, turn sharp right and head steeply upwards!

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Soon I was on the top heading for the summit. Looking over at Lord`s Seat.

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Looking back the way I came with Skiddaw behind and Latrigg on the right.

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Whinlatter summit. I walked on further to Brown Top to get a view to the fells beyond.

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The shelter on Brown Top. I stopped for lunch here, even though it was gone 2pm.

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Graystones the starting point for a future walk. A steep start straight up the fell side!

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Looking up the valley to Grisedale Pike on the left, Sand Hill and Hopegill Head in the middle and the Whiteside ridge route on the right.

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Broom Fell the final fell of a future walk, the route off being straight down by the wall.

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Path up Grisedale Pike.

I walked back down to the visitor Centre and had a large Mocha and ginger cake…..yummy! Then I was home before 5.30pm. A very good day and well deserved after the run of bad weather. It is raining again tomorrow and severe gales forecast at the weekend…..Grrrrr!
Jo.
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