Wild Swimming in Langstrath

Name of walk Wild Swimming in Langstrath
Date of walk 2013-07-05
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Hot

The house looks like a bomb has hit it, and there is a gorilla suit on the top landing!
Why? Tom is home from university for the summer!

Yesterday Ged, Kas, Tom and I drove to Stonethwaite to walk up the Langstrath Valley to just beyond Tray Dub opposite the Stake Pass path. Walking up one side of the beck and back on the other. A walk of just under 7 miles.

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Eagle Crag from the start of the walk.

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Crossing the footbridge below Eagle Crag.

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One of the many waterfalls we would see today.

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Esk Pike covered in hill fog, this would stay all day

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View back

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We reach Blackmoss Pot, a popular swimming place. But I knew a more secluded place another mile or so up the valley, that I had made a mental note of the last time I walked down from Angle Tarn after walking over Rosthwaite Fell, Glaramara and Allen Crags. I also remember thinking that it was a bloody long way back, and could be a walk all of its own! And now it is!

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Looking along the length of Blackmoss Pot

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When the path approaches the Stake Pass path, if you look down towards the beck there is a footbridge over to the other side. Tray Dub from the footbridge.

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We have lunch here sitting in the sunshine, before heading down to a small, secluded rocky area from which you can brave the depths and the cold!

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Sitting on the rocks you can look back to the bridge and the waterfall.

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Is it cold? I think Ged's reaction says it all!

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Kas wants a swim too, but cries as he tries to follow us against the current, but he can't make any progress, and with the high sides there is nowhere for him to land, so I guide him back to shore where Tom makes sure he stays.

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Lots of brown trout in the depths between the submerged rocks. It is hard going to get to the waterfall, as soon as you stop swimming you are swept back downstream.

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You can't walk all the way in because of the slippery rocks beneath. You just have to go for it!

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Almost the same reaction as Ged!

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Tom goes fish watching. Once you reach the waterfall you can just drift all the way back with the current.

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Kas chillin'

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The way back.

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Looking over at the footbridge and the route up the Stake Pass

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We head on a little further just to get the view towards Esk Pike, which is still in hill fog.

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We then head down to another small waterfall.

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Heading on back. It is very rough walking.

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Another waterfall.

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Eagle Crag as we head back through the camp site towards the pub

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An excellent day!

Jo.

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