Only a couple of weeks ago I asked; So what do you do when you have finished the Wainwrights?
NOT do them all again, but it appears I can’t avoid at least a few.
Assuredly by accident not design.
And mostly by different routes so just as enjoyable second time around.
I tagged along the Kentmere Horseshoe, with a friend, who IS doing the list again and well. I am not going to write much as it was thick cloud for most of the route and then that missle, which really is rain, clung so closely my Gortext wrapped self resembled a cold boil in the bag by the time I peeled off my clothes.
So, not one photo. My first time round in April 2012 when the magic of a Brocken Spectre appeared, was a much better experience.
Easedale, on Sunday, was a far better day.
The waterfall is beautiful and highly addictive to anyone who is even vaguely fanatically about photography. A quick glance at a Cicerone book told me that it was about 6 miles to include Easedale Tarn, Codale Tarn and Tarn Crag.
When I ‘bagged’ Tarn Crag I just dashed up and down from the side of the tarn, so this would be a much more leisurely route.
It was fairly leisurely, though not quite as planned.
Grasmere from Blea Rigg
Instead of following the path straight on past Easedale Tarn to Codale, we veered off to the left and up Blea Rigg.
A detour well worth taking as the tops of the Coniston Fells appeared.
I was just trying to figure out where the Langdales had hidden themselves when Pavey Ark loomed ahead. Grasmere to Great Langdale being quite a trek by road but only a couple of miles over the hills.
Tarns on Tarn Crag
Then we picked our way across to Lang Crag, above Codale Tarn to Tarn Crag. The sun almost came out and the warmth, silence and solitude made a delightful lunch spot.
Going back to Grasmere on the north side of Easdale is much less well trod, far easier on the knees and has better waterfall views.
My route was just over 9 miles. I checked the book which suggested the main footpath to Belles Knott, then the east edge of Codale Tarn before going up to Tarn Crag. I am rather glad I didn’t take the book!