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DESTINATION KESWICK

Destination Keswick- Rosthwaite & Ullscarf  via Watendlath – Blea Tarn – Standing Crag – Ullscarf – Bull Crag – Heron Crag – Rosthwaite.  12 MILES2016-04-05 12.06.43

We set off from my home in West Lancashire at 8.00am the M6 seemed quiet for Tuesday the 5th of April.

1 hour 55 mins to Rosthwaite N.T. Car Park, weather looked hit and miss, the promise of rain later or by the clouds any time now!!

The couple with a baby and top notch baby carrying pack eagerly were changing the nappy Hmmmmm nice. lol.

We headed out towards Watendlath gentle climbs, pretty good views too, considering the gloom of ten minutes earlier. You could see some of the minor devastation up here from the heavy rain that gave rise to so much flooding before and after Christmas, temporary bridges and landslides on steeper ground.

Some2016-04-05 12.11.57 mizzle about as we gained some height, but that abated as we dropped into Watendlath.

was wearing the Zeus GTX Jacket great jacket pockets are well placed, and the helmet compatible hood cinches down nicely, for me a good hood ids the most important feature on a waterproof jacket, many manufactures seriously get this wrong, bonus are the Sleeves.. long when reaching, etc and using trekking poles, the weight is also reasonable if carried, and packs down small.
I have a love hate relationship with poles, but when my knees have a bout of twinge it’s time to get them out.

We yomped on… eventually we came to Blea Tarn.. and rains did arrive, fine but it was a  windy old day on the tops, winter was still a possible return.

We decamped and sought shelter for a spot of lunch.

We trotted off in search of ullscarf, 726 meters, the ground up here was sodden, and turned into a serious bog trot, the usual twists and turns of upland pond avoidance, I have a habit of sticking my pole, into these small moss filled pits, one up here is, about 3 feet in diameter, I couldn’t reach the bottom with a 145cm pole, something I wouldn’t want to drop into at any time.

Ullscarf, not the most interesting of summits, so we didn’t hang about plus the drizzle was jet propelled, around we went circumnavigating the bowl top of Greenup Gill until we descended down Blea How and back into Stonethwaite and Rosthwaite, we’d been out for just over 6 1/2 hours a long day but we’d made pretty good time by not hanging about.

The Zeus jacket, Excellent waterproof jacket, I run hot so just a long sleeved base layer all day, I’ve been using the Zeus for a few months now, not just for my Fell walks but also for my daily commutes to work in bad weather. The Zeus has become a firm friend.

Thanks

Pete

 

 

25.04.16

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