|MCWW building at Thirlmere Dam|
|Thirlmere from the Dam at the north end.|
Wainwright suggests that Armboth Fell, up above Thirlmere, is one of the few fells not really worth climbing. I leave you to judge for yourself from our photos or go and try it yourself. The fell is notorious for being surrounded by some of the worst bogs in the district so the best time to climb it is when these are frozen over and last Friday dawned bright, clear and freezing cold offering the opportunity.
|Thirlmere from the back road.|
|Thirlmere from the fellside above Launchy Gill|
We followed the path up Launchy Gill, across the bridges and up the fellside but soon found ourselves too far to the left of the Gill heading away from Armboth Fell. This was no good, so Pete decided that we'd better take the "direct route"...straight up the fellside.
|Thirlmere forms a backdrop to the "Direct Route" to Armboth Fell.|
|Launchy Gill from the woods above Thackmell Crag.|
|Crossing Launchy Gill|
|Looking E. towards Helvellyn from the slopes of Armboth Fell.|
|The rocky outcrop at the summit of Armboth Fell|
The rocky top of Armboth Fell rises to 1570 ft or 479m in the midst of a barren sea of bog and sodden tussocky grass. Beyond is the top of High Tove, on the ridge between Thirlmere and Watendlath. The best way to High Tove is to go north and join the path that comes up from Fisher Gill. We took a more direct line but it led into an area of wet tussocky grass which was a struggle before we met the path along the crest of the broad ridge.
|Looking back to Armboth Fell from the icy path to High Tove|
|Looking N from the cairn on High Tove|