Sunday 10th April
Wasdale Pike NY 536 084
Sleddale Pike NY 535 094
Great Saddle Crag NY 526 086
Ulthwaite Rigg NY 511 996
Another fine day with BC. I had been here before years ago when I was often fell running on my own. All the way on this walk I was finding it difficult to believe that I had run round this circuit in 2 hours 18 minutes, almost exactly as on the map below, but excluding the short excursion to Wasdale Pike which we included for strategic reasons related to Wainwright's chapter that includes that summit. Our walk took over 6 hours.
Further research reveals that I did the run again ten days later with the benefit of route knowledge reducing the time to 1 hour 56 minutes.
My questioning was prompted by the roughness of the terrain, until gaining the bridleway well over halfway round, high up on the the northern side of this horseshoe.
On our walk it was excessively wet, although I did keep my feet dry throughout, and my account from July 1996 records good weather - I reckon it was probably a lot drier on that occasion.
I have no doubt BC will be posting his account at HIS BLOG so I will finish this with a copy of the diary (completely un-edited) that I was keeping back in 1996.
|Wet Sleddale reservoir - start of walk. Sleddale Hall on hillside above water lefthand end|
|Zoom to Tata concrete works at Shap with Cross Fell and Knock Fell in background|
|Line of grouse butts leading to Wasdale Pike|
|The Luncheon Hut - I guess the Hoo-Hah brigade sit inside and the beaters outside?|
|Looking east to the Pennines|
|Gray Bull - Wainwright says "anybody over age 75 should regard it as unclimable. " I took his advice, BC, who qualifies, summited|
|BC searches for the "cairn" on Ulthwaite Rigg|
|Sleddale Hall overlooking Wet Sleddale reservoir. Interesting history including its use in the film Withnail and I |
|SEE MY REPLY TO BC''S COMMENT. I HAVE ADDED THIS PHOTO AFTER PUTTING UP THIS POST.|
WHAT A WHIMP NOT GETTING UP GRAY BULL, but the photo is very deceptive - the rock seemed a lot larger than that when I was trying to scale it.