14th September 2009
This was, in some ways, a disappointing day out. I don't like dull days and this was certainly not a blue sky day. I was camping at Gillside Glenridding and caught two buses to get to Threlkeld (change at Penrith)....
The Summit of Clough Head
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Fisher Wife's Rake
I got off the bus and headed for St.John's In The Vale and the Rake as above. It is very steep in places, but not dangerous. I was delayed by a farmer rounding up sheep, always good to watch. From the summit of the Rake it is a dull trudge to the summit of Clough Head. Summit photo at the top of this page.
Great Dodd from Clough Head - 1 hour on this day.
The summit of Watson's Dodd
A special cheer for Raise, the only rocky outcrop for some distance. I know someone who attained their 214th Wainwright summit right here, in the pouring rain.
Catstycam from the Pony Track
On my way down now. Sorry I've not had much to say about the higher levels on this walk. It wasn't exciting and I'll need sunshine or snow to do the same agin.
Path down to Greenside
All downhill now to the Gillside campsite. I like linear walks and don't mind using public transport to facilitate such.
Walkers: Just Me
Time taken: 6hrs 20 minutes over a distance to be confirmed
Route: Threlkeld, St.John's in the Vale, Fisher Wife's Rake, Clough Head, Great Dodd, Watson's Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, the old Pony Track, Greenside Mines, Gillside
Weather and conditions: Dull, light winds.
Greetings Count: Low, best feature of the walk, very few people unitl the last mile or so.
Richard's Refreshment Review: Tea and biscuits at my tent. Very reasonably priced.
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2009 ©