Walk : Grey Knotts (2,287 ft), Brandreth (2,344ft) & Green Gable (2,603 ft)
Date : 6th August 2016
Weather : All four seasons in one day !!!
Route Details : From Honister Slate Mine
Distance : @ 5 miles return trip
Time Taken : 65 mins to Grey Knotts summit (4 hours in total)
If I have learned anything
at all since walking the
early morning from
be a really hot and sweaty climb, arriving at the Honister Slate Mine, the crowds were out in force to watch the Borrowdale
Fell Race over some 27km and over six and a half thousand feet in climb. It was hot with a light breeze and clear skies.
On reaching Green Gable en route to Great Gable we turned back to escape the 40 odd mile an hour winds pea soup mist and
torrential rain with mixed in hail stone. Yes
.. we were in
A 3d view of the walk
The walk starts at the Honister Slate mine Car park, which due to the Fell race was full to bursting
Here you can see the Fell runners having come down from Brandreth heading up towards Dale Head
Passing through the spectator area at the front of the shop
From the back of the shop area in front of the Slate workshops a stoned path follows the
line of an old fence that in fact leads directly to the summit of Grey Knotts
By and large, the stone track is an excellent way to gain height with no major navigational difficulties
Whilst the ground can be a bit boggy in places, just stick to the line of the fence
The path steers through a rock cutting
Looking right across to the south face of Fleetwith Pike
Looking behind from the path and Blencathra can be seen over the Dale Head / High Scawdell range
A quick pit stop and drink en route to the summit
As we continue on more runners heading down to Honister
Sue and Ste on the summit of Grey Knotts
A 360 degree view from the summit of Grey Knotts https://youtu.be/LlfWmuKdL84
Looking over to Buttermere and Crummock Water . Stunning !!
Looking South West to the next summit of the day Brandreth and towering in the background is Great Gable
Seeping in slowly, the thick blanket of mist. At this point and out of nowhere the breeze that we started in
at Honister had suddenly turned into a 40 plus miles an hour gale !!
of Crummock Water in the distance
Looking over to Ennerdale Water
Approaching the series of
The highest of all the fell top
in the 1966 published Western Fell pictorial guide
A 360 degree panoramic view from the summit of Brandreth https://youtu.be/9Vyw0pLlHFE
Heading South off the of the top of Brandreth towards Green Gable.
The path is very easy to follow and extremely well cairned in its latter stages
(Where has all the blue sky gone ??)
Sue and Ste on the summit of Green Gable, and in the background what was soon to be the last
view of Great Gable before the mist came in. At this point it was fairly difficult to stand up straight
OMG, The mist is coming in rapidly, the wind is howling and this guy is climbing up the sheer North face of Great Gable
You have to admire the guts of these guys but at the same time wonder if they are completely loopy
I sincerely hope that when the rain came they were safely on top
A bunch of walkers descending Great Gable down to Windy Gap as the mist comes in even more
Bugger !!! time to put the camera away and beat a retreat back down
When I was coming up to
Green Gable I couldnt see the point of having so many
obvious track, but I was certainly glad of them on the way back down
Just peeping through the mist Buttermere and Crummock Water
Looking down through the
and some !!!
Looking back to Green Gable from the path back down, shortly before it too, was shrouded in mist
A lingering last look back. It was pointless trying to shelter as it was not possible to get anymore
soaking wet than we were already !!!
Back down at the shop at Honister, thankfully no one around to see three drowned rats creating a whole heap of laundry
for when we got back home. I just hope there was no CCTV pointed at our makeshift changing room as I would hate to go
viral on YouTube or something !!!
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