Scrapbook ~ Wildlife walks throughout the year
September 9th to 19th 2017
Staveley, Lake District National Park.
I could just leave it at that and show you some photos. We had a brilliant time
in the wettest place in England and we had the most jaw-dropping views from
everywhere and we only got wet once. Ok, I did almost get hypothermia - but it
was on the bike, not up a mountain. We'd been up Scafell Pike and several peaks
around it all day and we'd made a dramatic, off-piste descent from up high on
Seathwaite Fell mostly on our backsides, all the way down to the valley bottom
and we got a bit wet. Riding home in the rain after dark and my temperature was
plummeting fast. I was very wobbly and chilled to the bone
by the time we got back to our cosy rented cottage.
One of the most memorable parts of the week was going through the Crinkle Crags
in clear visibility. This beautiful place had been draped in thick cloud and
rain every time I'd been there before. It was thrilling to see it clearly for
The only bit of the week that Gill didn't like was our descent off Pillar via
Wind Gap. I can't say I blame her. The very steep scree slope that the 'path'
follows, drops about 500 feet on the most unstable mass of small rocks you could
imagine and is not the nicest place to visit, especially if like Gill you don't
feel safe on the stuff. If you've never done a scree slope before then I would
probably advise you to avoid them!
We revisited Hay Stacks because it's so magical up on the top and on our last day we
climbed Helm Crag to visit the Lion and the lamb.
Our walk in one picture - up Hay Stacks on the right, round the back and then
down Fleetwith Pike on the left.
Up we go!
The top is a magical place that needs to be explored slowly.
Looking over towards Fleetwith Pike
Dubbs Bothy. A lovely place to warm up and have a cuppa.
The top of Fleetwith Pike
The beautiful route straight down to the bike.
Scafell Pike from
A great bit of scrambling alongside the waterfall. See the gate top right?
There is our target - in the clouds above that huge tear in the Earth.
We hit the clouds
Follow the cairns along the edge
Past sheer drops
The summit - quiet, foggy and still.
Down through Allen Crags
The familiar shape of the Langdale Pikes comes into view.
Crinkle Crags (soon to
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