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Cold Fell NY 058 092
Irton Pike NY 120 015
I am now playing catchup with these posts. There is more to come from yesterday (Sunday), and the plan is for two more successive Outlying Fells days tomorrow and Wednesday.
I reckon the drive up to these north eastern edges of the Lake District is more strenuous than the walking.
I did have a bit of confusion about Cold Fell having mistakenly ticked it off the list because I climbed another fell of the same name last year out in the wilds to the east of Carlisle that was a Marilyn, CLICK IF YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT THAT ONE
Ponsonby was ascended up a track from the west leading to a ruined farm named Farmery (with a capital) on the map. My dictionary defines that word as "the buildings of a farm", but I have never heard it used before, especially as a proper name. Views were interesting and extensive including Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant and the clearest sighting of the Isle of Man I can recall. Unfortunately my camera has got some dirt on the sensor, so many of my photos now have a blobby mark, but more of that in a forthcoming post, but suffice to say that from tomorrow onwards that will no longer be a problem.
A short drive took me to the start for Cold Fell.
Cold Fell gets the thumbs down from me, and even Wainwright has a dig after excusing his omission of directions, "...if with the aid of the map only, you cannot find the top of Cold Fell, then take some good advice from an old man, and pack it in". Twas fifteen minutes up from the road with a featureless plateau - the only redeeming feature being the sunshine, blue sky and rolling white clouds - a perfect day.
Irton Pike is obviously more popular then the two aforementioned, less visited fells; it has a car park for about eight cars, I was just able to squeeze on. I saw nobody on the very steep but eroded and well frequented path, so where all the car owners were is a mystery. This is a proper little mountain with a peaky summit, and a tempting view of part of Wastwater - I was up and down in about forty minutes accompanied by a minor hailstorm on the descent.
|The start of the track up to Ponsonby Fell|
|Ponsonby Fell - Farmery is at the left end of the wood|
|Sellafield and part of the IOM at right skyline. I had good close up, but fleeting sighting of wheatears flitting on and of this wall as I took the photo.|
|Strange bomb like object embedded in grass near summit of Ponsonby just below a prominent boulder|
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There was no way I was going to attempt to unearth it - not sure if I should report it to somebody, but others must have seen it before.
|Above mentioned item in context|
|Isle of Man - click to enlarge|
|The distant Scafells from Ponsonby summit|
|Cold Fell "cairn" which summarises what I thought about this hill|
|The tempting view of Wastwater from Irton Pike summit - you just want to look round the corner beyond Yewbarrow|