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Central and Outlying Fells

Central and Outlying Fells

 

I managed to I get out on two quite different walks this week.  First from Armboth to Bleaberry, right in the centre of the Lakes,

then on the peripheral Limestone Fringe.

Wainwright’s commendation of Armboth as ‘little more than a quagmire’ is enough to put anyone off bothering to hike up the wet, boggy watershed between Thirlmere and Watendlath.

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High Tove on a cloudy day

After my first trip up in typical misty Lakeland weather, when I remember eating soggy sandwiches just before my friend took a tumble in to a water laden tractor track, I concurred rather whole heartedly.

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High Tove from Armboth

But what a difference the day makes.  Add some summer sun and the fells of Cumbria pivot round the ridge between Armboth and Blueberry for nearly all 3600.  Even High Seat is lower than the surrounding wheel of hills.

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From Bleaberry over Cat Bells to Causey Pike

The views definitely warrant doing this walk on a clear day, preferably after a drought if you want any chance of dry feet.

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Blencathra and the Dodds

After the most central fells I managed to get out again along Cunswick Scar, down the valley and back by Scout Scar.  A lovely lowish walk taking in two of the Outlying Fells but also adding as much danger as Sharp Edge!

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COWS!

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What flowers?

I never used to be scared of them.  They never were so aggressive.  But having a heard advancing towards me rather rapidly sent me over a wall rather quickly.  Maybe they were just being inquisitive but I was not about to test the hypothesis.

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Low land lunch stop – Tanyard Beck

Perhaps I’ll stick to the higher hills in future.  Herdies are far less fearsome.

Interesting to meet this guy though – anyone guess what he was doing?

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And then the flowers were pretty, even if I forgot my camera and had to resort to iPhone pics.

Map – Scars

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Armboth to Bleaberry

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