|Date:||17 Sep 2016||Weather:||18’C, sunny, light wind|
|Height gain:||1,700 ft||Distance:||6.2 miles|
|Time taken:||3 hours 45 mins||Wainwrights:||16, 17 of 214|
Route: From Ashness Bridge car park up Ashness Gill to High Seat then across to Bleaberry Fell and back down to Ashness Bridge.
First proper walk of the holiday and it’s a warm, sunny day with hardly any wind. We decide to tackle these two from Ashness Bridge as we head from Keswick to Ambleside today.
We park up without problems and get our boots on and quickly find our path – although it isn’t the one on OS maps but is well engineered and clearly the path to use as we huff and puff up the first 900ft of ascent:
It then gets steeper and boggier for the last 600ft or so. The views back towards Derwentwater are beautiful with Catbells and Grisedale Pike prominent behind it:
In just over an hour and a half we’ve reach the top:
As Wainwright says this is a “first-class” viewpoint. There are great views in all directions. Here looking south west over Borrowdale towards Scafell and Great Gable:
And south east towards Thirlmere and the Helvellyn range:
We sit down and admire the views first in one direction and then another, enjoying the warmth and the sunshine and generally mooching about combined with a spot of sunbathing. Finally after 40 minutes we decide it’s time to head across to Bleaberry Fell.
There’s a steep descent from High Seat but then a gentle mile or so bimble through humps and bumps and bogs. There are quite a few people up here today so finding the route isn’t difficult as we can follow everyone else.
The final 150ft of ascent is straightforward and we’re at the top:
It’s another great view point. There’s a good stone shelter to the north but we certainly don’t need it today. As we wander over there we can see down to Bassenthwaite with the start of Skiddaw visible on the right and Barf visible on the left:
And beautiful views towards the northern fells:
We’re busy enjoying ourselves absorbing the views and the sunshine when we realise we need to get to Heart of the Lakes in Ambleside to collect the keys to our cottage before they close.
We start to make a speedy descent (for us) and luckily the going is straightforward on the well engineered path. The views down to Derwentwater and across to Skiddaw look great as we descend:
We get back to the car in plenty of time to get to Ambleside and the keys. As we start to drive away Ashness bridge becomes littered with what look like wedding guests – all very smartly dressed but weaving slightly along the road and the verges. We make our way carefully and slowly through them and speed off towards Ambleside and the rest of our holiday.