Date: 19 November 2018 Weather: 9’C, cloudy, drizzle, windy
Height gain: 479ft Distance: 1.3 miles
Time taken: 50 minutes Wainwright count: 54 of 214
Route: From the church at St John’s in the Vale following the footpath up and back the same way .
The weather isn’t great but it’s forecast to get worse for the next week so we decide to go for this short walk. Ironically we did this walk the first time in 2011 two days after Grange Fell and Great Rigg which is the next walk we do this time around.
We park up no problem at the church – no-one else is mad enough to be here in this weather. It’s cold, grey and wet as we boot up, zip up our waterproofs and set off. It doesn’t take very long to reach the top, although the grassy hillside is quite steep for the initial half.
When we arrive the views are surprisingly good, here looking south down towards Thirlmere with Helvelyn on the left and High Seat the big knobble on the right:
The view to the east is dominated by Clough Head:
I’m surprised that Skiddaw is out of cloud to the north west:
We spend about 10 minutes admiring the views and taking our photos in the wind and the drizzle before bounding back down the grassy hillside and to the car in less than 15 minutes.
This would be a good top to include on a longer walk – there are plenty of paths heading off the summit so I’m sure there’s an interesting circular route to be found for a nicer day.