Author Topic: High Raise, Thunacar Knott and Pavey Ark: central fells classic  (Read 167 times)

henryb

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With weather forecasters predicting a cloudy start followed by very good visibility after 3pm last Saturday, I decided to have a long valley walk in followed by a high level traverse in the afternoon. Staying in Ambleside, I caught the 555 service to Grasmere. Leaving Grasmere I followed the coast to coast path through far Easedale to Mere Beck. After a short rain shower, I ascended to the wide ridge between High Raise and Ullscarf. As views opened up of NW fells, I made the final short ascent to High Raise, the highest of the central fells. It was my second visit to the summit. As I made my way to the summit, the western and NW fells were very clear while the eastern fells were clagged in. Is that panorama common? I walked across further marshy terrain to Thunacar Knott, the least spectacular summit. Enough said ;D . Thereafter, I made straightforward walk to Pavey Ark. This section could best be described as from the dull and dreary to the sublime. I descended via stickle ghyll to ODG. I think I can say that this was the first time I ascended by a river and descended by a waterfall. Not that I planned it that way. :)  Total distance was 15km. I caught the 516 service back to Ambleside.


Far Easedale and Calf crag:
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Calf crag:
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Far Easedale gill:
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The eastern fells from ascent of High Raise:
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NW and western fells from High Raise:
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NW fells and Skiddaw from High Raise:
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NW fells and Bass Lake from High Raise:
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From Bowfell to Great Gable from High Raise:
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High Raise and NW fells from Thunacar Knott:
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Coniston fells and Harrison Stickle from Thunacar Knott:
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Southwards view from Pavey Ark:
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Coniston fells and Harrison Stickle from Pavey Ark:
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Stickle tarn and Windermere:
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Top of Stickle Ghyll:
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Stickle Ghyll:
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Stickle Ghyll and Great Langdale:
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Bowfell and the crinkles:
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April

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Super photos henry  O0 It was a much better late afternoon and evening on Saturday. Love your shot of Far Easedale and the shots from High Raise especially  O0
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henryb

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Thanks April; the number of times the day has brightened up later in the afternoon is a very frequent occurrence for me. I always try to pick fells which I've yet to do but some fells I've done more than once simply because I'm fond of them - High Raise is one of those fells. My favourite photo was the far Easedale gill shot, taken near calf crag. :)  When I climbed Tarn crag earlier this year I decided then that I'd walk far Easedale at a later date. :)

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some lovely shots there henry... O0
High Raise is one of my favourite viewpoints, tremendous  8)
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henryb

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Thanks beefy O0  My favourite view is that towards the Coledale fells from there O0

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Hope you're all nice warm and dry. I'm still sopping wet from Catbells in the rain today.


Had anyone else been on the summit I would have asked them to tale a photo of me sitting on the summit in pouring rain smoking a fag.


"Happiness is a hill called Catbells".






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Fantastic photos, as usual, Henry.  O0


I've never walked High Raise - the views look incredible!

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Hope you're all nice warm and dry. I'm still sopping wet from Catbells in the rain today.


Had anyone else been on the summit I would have asked them to tale a photo of me sitting on the summit in pouring rain smoking a fag.


"Happiness is a hill called Catbells".


I have the music from the Hamlet advert in my head now, Penygadair - though it sounds like Handel's Water Music might have been a more appropriate soundtrack to your summit smoke!  ;D

henryb

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Thanks adalard and Penygadair; how does one overcome bad weather - return again again again and again - one day your luck changes :)

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Thanks adalard and Penygadair; how does one overcome bad weather - return again again again and again - one day your luck changes :)
You never win over the weather it will do what it wants and you will take it.


Great photos henry  O0
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Penygadair

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I have the music from the Hamlet advert in my head now, Penygadair - though it sounds like Handel's Water Music might have been a more appropriate soundtrack to your summit smoke!  ;D


And they told me Catbells was a little walk - not a wet scramble.  :D  windmill impersonations seen on descent  :-[