A Two Day Ridge micro-adventure

Wild Camp Route - Jul 19A weather window opened up so on Friday evening I headed to Threlkeld in the van to sleep at the start of my planned Lake District walk and wild-camp.  The route (see right) would take me from Thelkeld Mining Museum to Ambleside.  I chose the route because of the long ridge, the possibility of camping at height and the ability to get a bus back to start at the end of the weekend.

As I started off the tops of the fells were being kissed by cloud.

DSC_0457But this rose as the day went on and by the time I reached 800 m the cloud was above me.  The air was much clearer on the Sunday, but here are some highlights from day one.

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My chosen night spot was Nethermost Pike (890 m).  The classic place to camp would be next to Grisedale Tarn (2 km further on), but I wanted a wilderness experience (as far as this can be possible in somewhere as popular as the Lake District).  Nethermost Pike is pretty much flat topped, but there is a slightly (6-8′) lower plateau on the Eastern Edge and with the wind coming from the West it was slightly sheltered.  Also it offered a better view from ground (my kitchen / bed!) level.

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Good view from the kitchen

It was really glorious on the Sunday morning with only the Herdwick for company, the air was clearer and I didn’t see a soul until I descended to Grisdale Tarn to collect some water.

DSC_0475After a longer than expected detour to take in the top of St Sunday’s Crag I had my lunch on top of Fairfield and then started the descent via Hart Crag, Dove Crag then High and Low Pike into Ambleside.  There I was able to celebrate with a pint of Windermere Pale from the Hawkshead Brewery.  A great example of a modern British pale ale

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The whole route totalled 23 miles with only 6000′ of height gain.  Next time I’d like to tackle it in the winter.