Author Topic: TR Armboth Fell, High Tove, wild camp below Low Saddle Fri 10 to Sat 11 Jul 20  (Read 356 times)

April

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We parked at Dunmail Raise near the hostel in the layby. We were out for a wild camp if the weather wasn't too horrendous. We walked northward to Steel End.

Thirlmere from the path


Descending to West Head Farm (Steel End on the OS map)


The Wythburn Fells are seen above and we were going up the path from Stenkin that can only just be made out in this shot.

Wythburn


I have never been on the path up this valley before but I may wait for the next dry spell, I hear it is very wet and boggy

A peep of Thirlmere


The path is steep in places and it was a good work out carrying our camping gear.

Steel Fell from above Stenkin


On the lovely (on ascent) path


It isn't pleasant on descent.

Harrop Tarn with Bell Crags above


It started raining near the tarn so it was on with the waterproofs. It didn't last long though.

Standing Crag


We stopped for lunch in the woodland beyond the tarn, then began the climb up to Bell Crags

Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike, Seat Sandal and Fairfield


Great Gable, Pillar and Dale Head from Bell Crags


NW view from Bell Crags


Bell Crags summit


Skiddaw and Blencathra in view northward

On the way to Armboth Fell


We took a mostly pathless route across, slightly boggy in places but rough walking

High Seat and Armboth Fell ahead


Armboth Fell summit


A new Wainwright for Squeaky

Blencathra and Clough Head from Armboth Fell


We took the direct route on a slightly wet path to High Tove

On High Tove summit


Another Wainwright for Squeaky

High Seat from High Tove


There was a couple of walkers on there way there through the Pewits, good luck!

Ullscarf, Crinkles, Bowfell and Scafell Pike in view


We were heading toward Blea Tarn. I'd never walked this route alongside the fence from High Tove.

Helvellyn above Armboth Fell from High Tove


The very wet walk alongside the fence


It was just as bad as the Pewits, very wet, boggy and I ended up with wet feet because water went over my boots. This route is now on the Never Again List.

Blea Tarn


We dropped down to the tarn, picked up some water from Blea Tarn Gill. It was coming from the tarn so not the best source but our filters make drinking it safe and we couldn't be bothered to walk further to get a better source, one we have used before the last 2 times we camped near here.

The MSR below Coldbarrow Fell


It was pretty windy up here but we found a sheltered spot behind a knoll below Low Saddle.

Our pitch below Coldbarrow Fell


We'd been lucky with the weather as it started raining on and off once we were in the tent. It was too cloudy for a sunset but if there was one of sorts we didnt see it, we were asleep! Next day it was drizzly and low cloud was on the tops and had been on and off and on Ullscarf where we had planned to go. We sacked that idea and descended to Harrop Tarn and back to Dunmail Raise. We weren't in the mood for a wet walk in clag. No pics because it drizzled most of the time. It had been good to be back out wild camping again and we enjoyed it so much more than being on a campsite. Day 1 was Dunmail Raise - Steel End - Stenkin - Harrop Tarn - Bell Crags - Armboth Fell - High Tove - Middle Crag - Blea Tarn - pitch below Low Saddle. 7 miles 602m ascent. Day 2 was pitch - Harrop Tarn - Stenkin - Steel End - Dunmail Raise 4.25 miles 170m ascent.
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Great pics again Ape O0
Was good to be out wild camping again, looki g forward to the next one :)
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Lovely pics and great that the 3 of you are able to get out wild camping again.


That path by the fence is definitely one to do once and then never again.

richardh1905

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Lovely pics, April, again of hills that I am not familiar with.  O0


Great to get out for a night in the hills again, isn't it !  :)
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April

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Was good to be out wild camping again, looki g forward to the next one :)

It was and me too  :)

That path by the fence is definitely one to do once and then never again.

I would say don't do it ever  ;D The route we'd taken from Bell Crags to Armboth Fell wasn't as bad, strange since it is lower down the fellside.

Great to get out for a night in the hills again, isn't it !  :)

It was great, Richard  :)
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It was great, Richard  :)


I think that you had better weather than I!
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Great pics again April O0
Bet your packs were heavy with the ropes and oxygen needed to conquer the mighty Armboth fell :D
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April

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I think that you had better weather than I!

Your day after was better so we can say it is a draw!

Bet your packs were heavy with the ropes and oxygen needed to conquer the mighty Armboth fell :D

 ;D  It is getting to the summit that is the boggy problem  :D
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You know I wondered what you 2/3 were up to lately. Fun in the bog, it seems  ;D
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Great report and photos April, would you say that High Tove is the marshiest region in the lakes? I would.

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Fab stuff.  Finally a summit I've actually been on and recognised the views  :D   Glad you got to have a wild camp too.  Thanks for posting  :)

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Fun in the bog, it seems  ;D

Not fun really  ;D

would you say that High Tove is the marshiest region in the lakes? I would.

Yes  :)
Finally a summit I've actually been on and recognised the views  :D   

 :) Thanks Mel

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