Walla Crag to High Tove and Watendlath

Name of walk Walla Crag to High Tove and Watendlath
Date of walk 2009-07-15
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Sunshine
Peaks on walk Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High Tove
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Ashness Bridge car park.

Today we went to Ashness Bridge to climb Walla Crag (1234ft), Bleaberry Fell (1932ft), High Seat (1995ft) and High Tove (1665ft) descend down to Watendlath and follow the trail down the valley back to Ashness Bridge. A walk of just under nine miles. The forecast was for heavy showers in the morning, but was due to clear by lunch. There had been a lot of heavy rain in the past few days so I put four coats of Nik Wax on my boots. It was going to be a wet walk!

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We set off on a track up through the bracken just beyond the bridge. The clouds were down and there was as yet no views out to the hills in the distance.

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Derwent Water looking quite atmospheric with all the low cloud.

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Looking back down to Ashness Bridge. High Spy and Maiden Moor shrouded in cloud.

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As we gained height the clouds started to lift.

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Looking across to Cat Bells and Causey Pike.

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View over to Walla Crag.

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Skiddaw still in cloud.

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View over Keswick to Skiddaw.

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View over Portinscale to Whinlatter Fell, Lord`s Seat and Barf.

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Heading for Bleaberry Fell via the track on the right. The first section was very wet.

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From the steep climb up Bleaberry Fell looking back down the track and over to the far fells of Grasmoor and Grizedale Pike.

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The cloud has now lifted off Skiddaw, Bassenthwaite Lake beyond.

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Bleaberry Fell summit shelter, Helvellyn range behind.

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Route to High Seat.

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View back from High Seat.

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There were quite a few people on Walla Crag, but for the rest of the fells we only met one other person who took this photo for us.

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Walla Crag to the left of me, Bleaberry Fell to the right.

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Between High Seat and High Tove are The Pewitts, aka peat bog/quagmire. At several points the water was ankle deep and we had to shimmy along the wires of the fence in order to cross. Managed to keep my feet dry......thanks Nik Wax! Poor Kas got a trifle muddy!

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The gate from High Tove down to Watendlath.

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Watendlath Tarn

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Great Crag beyond.

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The Watendlath pigs!

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Time for a coffee and a homemade flapjack in the Tearoom Garden. Surprisingly quiet today!

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We crossed the bridge and took the track off right that heads down the valley under Grange Fell.

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View down the valley.

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We followed the river for most of the way.

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Looking back the way we had come.

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Eventually we crossed a bridge and headed up through the woods to the Watendlath Road. "Surprise View"......The biggest surprise being the sheer drop on the other side of the rocks!

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A good view down Derwent Water.

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Looking down on the Lodore Hotel and across to Maiden Moor.

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Back to Ashness Bridge now with a view to the hills.

The walk had taken about six hours. Thankfully with no rain, at least not on us!
Jo.
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