Author Topic: TR Wild camp near High Stile on White Pike Sat 12 May 18  (Read 666 times)

April

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We paid a visit to Rannerdale first on Saturday to see the bluebells. I think we were too early though, there are a few about but not the fabulous display we saw a few years ago. Maybe another week or so and it will be more vibrant.

We walked upwards toward Rannerdale Beck and its waterfall to sit for our lunch. We walked around the wall avoiding the area where the bluebells were so we didn't trample any. There are areas cordoned off this year because of the damage people are doing by walking through the bluebells.

Waterfall on Rannerdale Beck


After lunch we walked toward Low Bank and then we were descending to Buttermere. There was a few sunny spells and the winds were quite light not a bad day

Rannerdale Knotts and Mellbreak beyond the bluebells


Rannerdale Knotts above the trees


Looking back at our walk through Rannerdale


When we got to Buttermere we found we were in time for a bus to Gatesgarth, we got on the bus instead of walking along the Buttermere shore path with most likely 5 thousand other people. We were going over the High Stile Ridge and wanted to camp on Starling Dodd.

Babby lambs at Gatesgarth


On the way up the Scarth Gap pass


It was about 2pm by this time so we had missed the rush hour and the path was less populated than normal

Fleetwith Pike


At the wall near High and Low Wax Knotts we took the steep direct path up to High Crag rather than continue to Scarth Gap and over Seat.

The steep stony path up by the wall


Although steep we quite enjoyed the route up, it wouldn't be a route I would want to descend mind.

Seat and Haystacks from the foot of High Crag


We had a rest here before we started on the just as steep path up to High Crag. The cloud had built up to the west and the higher tops were covered.

Less cloud to the east, Robinson and the other NW fells in view


Beefy on High Crag summit


It had seemed never ending on the way up.

High Stile ahead


Cloud was threatening to cover it and we willed it to go away

Bleaberry Tarn and Crummock Water from High Stile


The cloud was kind and had indeed cleared for us

Over to Red Pike and Mellbreak


It was about 5pm by this time and we were getting really hungry. Starling Dodd seemed a very long way away. We looked over to White Pike. It looks flattish over there and we would get a good sunset view. There is a water source from a tarn on the way. Let's pitch there then and get some food asap.

White Pike from the descent of High Stile


We found a flattish spot and got the water on to filter, then got the MSR up

The MSR near White Pike


We had our tea and we were pleased the cloud started to clear off the higher tops. The wind died down to almost nothing too and Beefy got Willo in the air.

Great Gable, Scafells and Pillar now seen from White Pike


There were some nice views out across the Solway and the Scottish hills


We had a cuppa then some wine and waited for the sunset. We weren't sure how good it would be, there was a lot of cloud about.

The sky starts to change colour


Then we saw the reflection of the sun in the sea


The ball of the sun dropped below the cloud


We hadn't expected this and it turned out to be a fab sunset

What a sunset it was


The sun dips below the horizon


We finished our wine very happy, what a great night this had been. Our route was Rannerdale Car park - Rannerdale Beck waterfall - Low Bank - Buttermere. Then Gatesgarth - High Crag - High Stile - White Pike 11.3km altogether with 1279m ascent. Day 2 to follow.
"Who would've thought...... you are light and darkness coming through" words by Tim Armstrong

beefy

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Re: TR Wild camp near High Stile on White Pike Sat 12 May 18
« Reply #1 on: 20:58:44, 16/05/18 »
Great pics and tr Ape  O0
Was  one of the best wild camps, great pitch, and views to match  8)

DRIP COFFINS  :D

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Re: TR Wild camp near High Stile on White Pike Sat 12 May 18
« Reply #2 on: 21:04:03, 16/05/18 »
Wow - those are fantastic views April - I'm nearly tempted to join the wild camping fraternity on the back of those pictures.


Paul

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Re: TR Wild camp near High Stile on White Pike Sat 12 May 18
« Reply #3 on: 21:39:25, 16/05/18 »
More terrific scenery April and that sunset is something else, well done  O0  I imagine the sunset could get you a few prizes in a photographic competition. Another great camp site.


Regards Keith

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Re: TR Wild camp near High Stile on White Pike Sat 12 May 18
« Reply #4 on: 11:39:54, 17/05/18 »
Great photos, lovely sunset.
Such a shame that the bluebells have to be fenced off.
Over hill, over dale. Thorough brush, thorough brier....
I do wander every where

April

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Re: TR Wild camp near High Stile on White Pike Sat 12 May 18
« Reply #5 on: 13:30:11, 17/05/18 »
Thanks all  O0

@pdstsp - it is a fab experience wild camping some of the time but not always  ;)

@ WR - the camera does all the work, I leave it on auto  :)

@ Ridge - even with all the signs asking people not to walk through the bluebells because of the damage being caused, we still saw people walking amongst them
"Who would've thought...... you are light and darkness coming through" words by Tim Armstrong

beefy

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Re: TR Wild camp near High Stile on White Pike Sat 12 May 18
« Reply #6 on: 16:17:12, 17/05/18 »

Such a shame that the bluebells have to be fenced off.
That' where Willo comes in handy  O0
DRIP COFFINS  :D

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Re: TR Wild camp near High Stile on White Pike Sat 12 May 18
« Reply #7 on: 20:41:01, 17/05/18 »
What a glorious sunset April    :)

April

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Re: TR Wild camp near High Stile on White Pike Sat 12 May 18
« Reply #8 on: 21:42:26, 17/05/18 »
It was a great sunset Dovegirl  :)
"Who would've thought...... you are light and darkness coming through" words by Tim Armstrong

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Re: TR Wild camp near High Stile on White Pike Sat 12 May 18
« Reply #9 on: 12:23:06, 20/05/18 »
Great TR, April and the photos are superb.  O0


The sunset looks beautiful but the image of the Galloway hills is even more lovely, I think. What a view!  O0 :)  And Fleetwith Pike was looking pretty darned handsome earlier on as well.  :)

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Re: TR Wild camp near High Stile on White Pike Sat 12 May 18
« Reply #10 on: 20:06:35, 20/05/18 »
Beautiful photos! O0
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April

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Re: TR Wild camp near High Stile on White Pike Sat 12 May 18
« Reply #11 on: 21:08:51, 20/05/18 »
Thanks adalard and sunnydale  :)
"Who would've thought...... you are light and darkness coming through" words by Tim Armstrong