Sunday, 12 July 2015

Across the Northern Fells, Day 4.

Pete takes a picture of the group on the Cumbria Way in the Caldew Valley with Skiddaw House beyond.

A traverse of the northern fells from Keswick to Caldbeck was the aim of day four of our walk, however the weather was hot and time was of the essence so a decision was taken to shorten the route and to start at Mosedale Head and finish at Fell Side, just short of Caldbeck where we could be picked up and transported back to Keswick. The route, over Knott 710m, the highest point of the route and Great Sca Fell, was now a more manageable 11.5km and missed out the low level section of the Cumbria Way between Keswick and Skiddaw House.

A track rises from the valley of the Caldew, leaving the Cumbria Way, on which we'd walked from Mosedale Head, far below.

The track up Cocklakes becomes sporadic about 550m though the going is easy as the slope eases off towards the summit plateau.  Bowscale Fell forms the backdrop to the walkers on the steep ascent to Coomb Height 620m. 

On the summit plateau heading for Coomb Height for a well deserved lunch. 

Pete, Lyn and Bella the Border Terrier on the way to the summit of Knott. 

The summit cairn on Knott 710m. The group are looking SW towards Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw.

Descent from Great Sca Fell651m down the ridge of Yard Steel into Roughten Gill far below.

A not too desperate stream crossing in Roughten Gill was achieved with dry feet by all.

The end of a perfect day and a great four day expedition.

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