Sunday 12th August 2012
After a weekend of birthday celebrations we headed to the Shap Fells for a walk around Crookdale. We appeared to have the fells to ourselves as we didn't meet or even see anyone all day.
Start: Crookdale Bridge (NY 5502 0555)
Crookdale Bridge - High House Bank (352) -
Robin Hood (353) - Lord's Seat (354) -
Grey Crag (355)
Distance: 8.75 miles Ascent: 592 metres Time Taken: 6 hours 15 minutes
Weather: Generally warm and hazy with a brief light shower.
Pub visited: Duke of Cumberland, Kendal Ale Drunk: Jennings Cumberland
Looking across Crookdale Beck to Whatshaw Common, which will be the final summit of the day.
Reaching the top of Hazel Bank our first
problem is how to cross the wall to gain access to High House Bank.
The first summit of High House Bank, like several of today's summits has nothing to mark it.
Looking along High House Bank's ridge, with Borrowdale to the left and Crookdale to the right.
Looking back at the descent from the col.
We will soon be climbing again as ahead lies Robin Hood, the next summit of the day,
I went in search of the cairn which lies
just below the summit.
The view down Borrowdale made the small diversion worthwhile.
The actual summit of Robin Hood with Great Yarlside in view across the valley.
From Robin Hood we headed towards Lord's
Seat. On route we debated the merits of descending
By the time we had reached Lord's Seats summit we had opted for the climb to the ridge.
We had intended to aim for Harrop Pike but
headed too far to the left
Our reward was the view down into
Longsleddale. It doesn't seem that long since
An easy walk across some boggy ground would take us to Harrop Pike.
We had to cross the fence to access Harrop Pike's summit cairn.
From Harrop Pike another easy walk across moorland took us to Great Yarlside.
Despite looking for the sunken trig point
I we couldn't find it. It turned out we were looking
The rest of the route is easy to identify, just follow the wall down to Little Yarlside.
The summit of Little Yarlside was across
this wall. As there was no easy crossing point for someone
We carry on following the wall to What Shaw Common.
This impressive cairn on What Shaw lies below the actual summit.
Looking back to Great and Little Yarlside,
where a clear path can be picked
Like the first summit of the day the final summit has nothing to mark it.
Back to the car which is parked next to
Crookdale Bridge. The only challenge now is to
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