Walk                 : Great Borne (2,019 ft), Starling Dodd (2,085 ft), Red Pike – Buttermere (2,479 ft)

                        Date                 : 19th September 2016

                        Weather           : Sunny, clear skies around 17 °C

                        Route Details    : From Bowness Knott, Ennerdale

                        Distance           : @ 8 miles return trip

                        Time Taken       : 95 mins to first summit (8 hours in total)

                            

                             Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                        Overview

                        The route from Bowness Knott car park in the Ennerdale valley to the summit of Great Borne whilst being direct, is both remote and is

                                    in my opinion, an “adventurous” way to the top via Rake Beck which is steep and precipitous travelling over slippery wet rock and is

                                    certainly not the way to come down from. Once on top, the views are far ranging and quite spectacular, the subsequent ridge to

                                    Starling Dodd, Red Pike and even High Pike is very straightforward and offers some fine ridge walking.

 

                                    It was quite ironic that as we where coming off Great Borne en route to Starling Dodd, Sue had an accident that initially made me think

                                    that we would be coming down in a helicopter, but thankfully not much damage was done and we were able to carry – albeit at a greatly

                                    reduced pace

                                   

                                   

                                    A 3d view of the walk

 

 

 

 

 

From the A66, follow the signs for Ennerdale Bridge and Croasdale and take the narrow road that leads to

The Bowness Knott car park which is the start point for this walk. The path seen leading past follows the Ennerdale

Valley floor all the way to High Gillerthwaite and the Ennerdale Forest

 

 

From the car park head back down the path that you have drove up towards Herdus (a subsidiary summit of Great Borne)

 

 

After about half a mile or so a path that cuts through dense heather is accessed from a stile in the fence on the right

 

 

Head for the point of the edge of the tree plantation that is at the foot of Bowness Knott in the dip

 

 

At this juncture, the path swings left through the heather and heads for the Col between Great Borne on the left and

Brown How on the right

 

 

Keep left, as the path cuts through some very dense heather

 

 

Crossing a minor tributary of Rake Beck, the path becomes clearer somewhat as it heads towards the Col

 

 

Nearing the top of the Col and this big boulder indicates a left turn towards some steeper ground over a grass path

 

 

Heading upwards towards the top of Rake Beck

 

 

A brief pause to look back towards Bowness Knott in the foreground and Crag Fell above Ennerdale Water

 

 

 

Looking up to Rake Beck waterfall

 

 

At this point near a stone built fox trap is a convenient moment to take a pause, put away the sticks and gird

the loins for some serious scrambling on steep and often wet bare rock. Not for the faint hearted

 

 

Ste sets off on what is to be an arduous 30 minutes or so. Camera away now.

 

 

Eventually we thankfully move away from the steep precipice of the ravine into the relative safety of the belly of the mountain

Certainly glad that bit is over, but know for sure that this path is not viable to come back down on.

 

 

Eventually, flatter ground is reached as we near the summit

 

 

The Trig Point summit of Great Borne

 

A 360 degree panoramic view from the summit of Great Borne … https://youtu.be/5SPb5YDgdno

 

 

Looking South and the ridge walk to Starling Dodd, Red Pike and High Pike. What could possibly go wrong ??

As we were leaving the summit, Sue fell thigh deep into a pot hole on the wrong leg so to speak … causing the leg

with the metal knee joint to bend backwards in a way that it was not designed to. The scream was deafening, and when we turned

to see her lying out in agony I seriously though at that point we would be coming back down in a helicopter. Ten minutes later and

after the shock had subsided, it was not as bad as first imagined and we were able to carry on, but at a much slower rate

 

 

Very gingerly, Sue makes her way down from Great Borne

 

 

Looking across to Grasmoor

 

 

Ennerdale Water

 

  

 

We eventually reach the very unusual summit cairn of Starling Dodd and it hasn’t changed that much

since Wainwright sketched it in Book Seven

 

A 360 degree panoramic view from the summit of Starling Dodd … https://youtu.be/xgpH7XoSNgc

 

 

Ahead of us the summit of Red Pike and High Pike just beyond. The path is very straightforward but gets steeper

somewhat as you get near the top – no difficulties though

 

 

Ste waits for me and “Hopalong Cassidy” at the summit

 

A 360 degree panoramic view from the summit of Red Pike … https://youtu.be/n0Nx3-La8tk

 

 

Looking North, down the length of Crummock Water. Scotland in the far distance

 

 

Apart from the shadow of a big fat blob – a classic bit of Lakeland scenery looking across to Whiteless Pike & Grasmoor

 

 

Looking South and the ridge to High Pike

 

 

Looking over to Pillar in the foreground and Great Gable

 

 

Sue at this point was starting to feel a great deal of pain in her leg and had noticeably slowed down

it was time to get back and leave High Pike for another day, as this was going to be

a long journey down and back to the car some three and half miles away. The main path off Red Pike

is over grass, relatively gentle and very well cairned for most of the descent

 

 

 

Views across to Pillar, Steeple and Scoat Fell from the path down

 

 

A close up on the intimidating bulk of Pillar

 

 

Nearly back down now and the low sun starts to cast shadows over Pillar, the bump in the middle is Pillar Rock

 

 

The path leads through the only gap in the forest down to the road back along the valley

 

 

At last we`ve made it. By now Sue is hobbling badly and the next 2 miles are going to be very slow

 

 

Back at the car park in the last of the light at the end of an eventful yomp

 

 

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