Walk                 : Base Brown (2,120 ft)

                        Date                 : 27th   June 2016

                        Weather           : Cold, threatening rain dark skies @ 10° C

                        Route Details    : From Seathwaite Farm

                        Distance           : @ 3 miles return trip

                        Time Taken       : 90 mins to summit

                            

 

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

 

                        Overview

                        The intention was to do Base Brown, Green Gable and then on to Great Gable, but the weather soon put paid to that. Given we

                                    were at the back end of June the weather was more like mid to late Autumn

 

                                    A 3d view of the walk

 

 

 

 

The walk starts from the popular approach road to Seathwaite Farm

 

 

Approaching the Farm gates and the plaque spells out what later became all too apparent

 

 

An early view of north face of Base Brown from the start

 

 

Through the farm yard and under a passageway that gives access to a bridle path

 

   

 

The bridleway crosses the River Derwent and leads to a ladder stile

 

 

Climb over the stile to start the trail over a stone path

 

 

The stone path climbs steeply towards Seathwaite slabs

 

 

Looking back to the River Derwent

 

 

Sourmilk Gill

 

 

The path reaches a fork. The right fork leads to a viewing platform for the waterfall

 

 

The middle reaches of Sourmilk Gill from the viewing platform. To continue on though take the left fork

 

 

Looking back down to Seathwaite Farm from the path

 

 

The path leads you to Seathwaite Slabs which is a little tricky and requires a bit of rock handling

 

   

 

From the Slabs the path levels off and leads to a hand gate

 

 

The upper reaches of Sourmilk Gill

 

 

The track levels slightly from here on heads towards Gillercombe climbing very gently towards the Col

between Base Brown on the left and Green Gable ahead

 

 

Looking across Gillercombe towards Raven Crag

 

 

 

 

The steep and scrambly north face provides the quickest route up to the summit and passes Wainwrights “Fallen Stone”

 

 

Nearing the top of the track towards the Col. From there a left turn provides the easier route towards Base Brown summit

 

 

 

Following the ridge line towards the summit

 

 

Looking towards Green Gable and peeking above, Great Gable from the summit of Base Brown

 

A 360 degree panoramic view from the summit of Base Brown … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gkp7vJzM0Rk

 

 

 

The ridge path to Green Gable initially with Great Gable in the back ground. At this point it started to bucket down

which was the signal for a hasty retreat given our lack of suitable clothing. There you go … prepare for EVERYTHING

when you are out on the fells !!!!

 

 

 

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