Rosthwaite Fell

Name of walk Rosthwaite Fell
Date of walk 2016-07-14
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 6 hours 50 minutes
Weather Sunshine
Peaks on walk Rosthwaite Fell
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Stonethwaite

This would be mine and Ged’s first walk together since the start of the exam season, in early May. I decided on Rosthwaite Fell from Stonethwaite, visiting the summit, Bessyboot and Rosthwaite Cam and doing a circuit of Tarn At Leaves, but this time ending with a new descent route into Langstrath. Simple! Er…Hmmm! Well, the weather was good!

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We stopped briefly at Kettlewell car park to take some photos up Derwent Water towards Skiddaw. The water was very still.

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Some nice reflections. The top of Skiddaw is in cloud.

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I parked beside the phone box in the tiny hamlet of Stonethwaite. We head past the pub, which we would return to later, and head on the path towards the camp site.

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Opposite the entrance to the camp site is a gate. We go through the gate and take the path that leads steeply up beside Stanger Gill through woodland.

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Ged had forgotten his water, so I lent him a spare bottle he could fill up in the gill.

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The gill becomes a deep gorge. Much of the way up is a pitched path. It is generally a pleasant slog but today we were plagued by flies, hundreds of them. Proper flies from the Diptera order, which landed on you en masse if you stopped. I had to discard several photos of the route up as they were ruined by a bloody great fly centre screen! (There is one just to the left, in the blue sky.)

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A fly-free view of the wonderful vista to be had looking down Borrowdale. The hamlets of Stonethwaite, and further away, Rosthwaite, can be seen. On the left is High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells, with Kings How on the right.

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A final view before we head off.

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The gorge of Stanger Gill.

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We cross the gill at this point.

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A grassy path heads in the direction of Bessyboot. Looking back and across Langstrath to Ullscarf, with the top of Eagle Crag, centre.

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Close up of Honister Crag (the back of Fleetwith Pike). The Honister Pass below. Before the tarn is reached we head up to our left for Bessyboot summit. We take the most direct route, wanting to get on the top before the cloud comes over.

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Me sitting on Bessyboot, the summit of Rosthwaite Fell, for the last minute of sunshine before a black cloud came over. To the left of me is Dale Head.

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Close up view towards Derwent Water.

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Looking down on 'Tarn at Leaves'. The name always sounds like a web address....just needing 'co.uk'. Top right is Glaramara and below that is Rosthwaite Cam, which is 70m higher than Bessyboot, and our next destination. Pointy Pike o'Stickle on the left.

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We have to descend towards the tarn to ascend.

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We will visit the tarn later.

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View back to the tarn from the other side. Bessyboot summit is in the middle.

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Ged took this photo of me standing on top of the rocky outcrop on the left.

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'Airey'!

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Looking towards Eagle Crag and Sergeant Crag with Ullscarf behind. In the dip is the wall we would head towards for our descent route into Langstrath.

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Rosthwaite Cam. I took this photo from a rock slab. It is a climb to the top of the Cam, and where we are has some precipitous drops, so Kas goes on a lead and we take turns to climb to the summit.

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No sunshine for my visit, but still a good view. 'Mountain View' can be seen on the left.

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A close up of 'Mountain View. Some people are on the route (right) that we used to go down on a previous visit. One of the delights of Rosthwaite Fell is the lack of visitors.

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Panorama of the view from Rosthwaite Cam. To see it bigger left click, then click again to return.

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Looking down into Comb Gill and the sheep fold. Thorneythwaite Fell on the other side.

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Our lunch view to Honister Crag and Buttermere.

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We descend back towards the tarn.

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We walk a circuit of Tarn at Leaves.

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Now at the far side in sunshine.

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We now head for the gap.

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We locate the wall and cross Tansy Gill, following the wall off to the right.

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We begin our decent into Langstrath, looking towards Stake Pass. This first bit is easy.

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Once the wall starts going directly down it becomes awkward, being very rocky. Great care is needed. We are heading for Blackmoss Pot at the bottom left, a popular swimming area.

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I take my time!

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We are getting nearer!

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Close up of a group at Blackmoss Pot jumping into the icy water.

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It is a super view down the valley. I have walked the full length from Angle Tarn after walking over Rosthwaite Fell, Glaramara and Allen Crags. It is a hell of a long walk back!

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The route down becomes steeper and turns into a series of cascades, so we head to the right for the path through the bracken.

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Now we have some good views in the other direction. We will return this way, heading around to the left.

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We reach Blackmoss Pot. Looking back up to the final bit of our descent route. Hmmm maybe I'll not bother to come down this way again. A much better ascent route!

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Three brave souls!

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It is lovely here. This is the view behind us.

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This is the view in front. It is still a fair walk back, over stony paths too .

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View back up to Eagle Crag.

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We swap the stony ground route for smooth grass as we go through the camp site and head for the pub and a seat in the sunshine.

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We weren't the only ones seeking a seat in the sun!

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Ged and Kas sitting in the sun outside the Langstrath Country Inn. The ginger cat is on the far left. Our walk was seven and a half miles and had taken just under seven hours. A walk deserving of two drinks! So I did......it really was lovely in the sunshine, I could have easily joined Ginger in his snooze!

An ‘interesting’ walk! The descent route that goes off the other side of the fell, down to St Andrew’s Church, is much quicker and far easier……..but my thinking was that it doesn’t take you back past the pub! Then again if you went the other way you could still walk back to the pub and have TWO more hours to enjoy it. Damn! Why did I not think of that yesterday! 😉

Jo.

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