Walla Crag to High Tove and Watendlath

Name of walk Walla Crag to High Tove and Watendlath
Date of walk 2014-05-21
Distance walked (miles) 10
Duration of walk 6 hours 40 minutes
Weather Sunshine, but windy on the tops.
Peaks on walk Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High Tove
Walked with Ged and blind Kas, and Lynne Horne.
Parking NT car park at Ashness Bridge.

On Wednesday Ged, Lynne and I decided to walk from Ashness Bridge up to Walla Crag, then over Bleaberry Fell, High Seat and High Tove and down to Watendlath for coffee, then back along the riverside valley path. A walk of 9.6 miles. The weather was forecast as being the best day of the week, but we knew the ground would be wet after the previous day’s rain.

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We parked in the National Trust car park at Ashness Bridge. The track up to Walla Crag starts just opposite the bridge.

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You get good views over Derwent Water on the way up. The weather is a bit cloudy, but is due to clear up to give a sunny day.

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Looking back to Kings How, Castle Crag and Maiden Moor.

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Ged and Lynne on the track.

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Kas on Walla Crag summit.

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Ged in his Eric Morecambe shorts!

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Walla Crag has a great view down on to Keswick and over to Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw.

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View to Bleaberry Fell from the summit cairn.

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We head back down from Walla Crag and head off for Bleaberry Fell over very wet ground.

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Once some height is gained the path becomes dry.

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Looking back down the track up to Bleaberry Fell. Very good views across to the north western Fells including Catbells where we were four days ago.

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Taken from Bleaberry Fell summit.

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We now head for High Seat.

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High Seat summit cairn. Kas, Ged and Lynne have a rest. It had become quite windy on the tops.

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View over Thirlmere to the Helvellyn range.

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We now head down by the fence and make our way across The Pewits, a large section of peat bog in between High Seat and High Tove. It was wet but passable with care.

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Looking back up to High Seat from the other side of The Pewits.

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High Tove summit, with Ullscarf on the right.

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View north to Blencathra and The Dodds.

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Then we went through the gate and made our way down to Watendlath.

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View to Watendlath from the start of the steps.

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A most welcome coffee and cake break.

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Rowing boats for hire.

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Our return route is over the bridge and down the valley alongside the river.

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One last look back.

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There are a set of small cascades at the start.

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The bluebells are still flowering.

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The way ahead.

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The view back.

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The view back again. Glorious weather!

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No wind at all in the valley.

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Kas leads the way.

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Me and Lynne.

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Kas on the bridge as we head into the woods.

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Walking through the woods.

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'Surprise View'. A wonderful vista of Derwent Water and the surrounding mountains.

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Looking down on the Lodore Hotel.

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Kas is on a lead as there is a sheer drop down behind Ged and Lynne. The Mary Mount Hotel on the bottom left.

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We follow the road back to the car park.

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Donkey!

Despite the wet bog it turned out to be a very good walk on an excellent day. The walk, including numerous stops to drink, chat and refuel, took six hours and forty minutes. An hour longer than last time.

Jo.

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