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Pillar via Kirk Fell

Pillar via Kirk Fell

Little did I realise when on top of Kirk Fell in a rare glorious summer’s day that in only a matter of weeks I would be there again in equally balmy sunshine.

 

This time though I was merely ‘passing through’, on the way to Pillar.

 

 

Haphazard route – recorded successfully and can be downloaded from Getamap here.  Not that you need it if the weather is good, the paths are fairly clear, bar on the scree up Kirk Fell and there you just go UP.

PillarMap

Even before reaching the NT car park (free to all) shimmering Wast Water indicated a beautiful day

Wastwater

with Kirk Fell waiting

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with only the slightest cloud remaining.

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So Kirk Fell – see previous blog – just slog up to the top for the reward of Great Gable

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and destination Pillar.

Pillar

Ennerdale was still hidden but the possible ‘high route’ of day 2 of my imminent Coast to Coast route appeared an arms length away with Whiteside and Whiteless over the next fold.

Whiteside (2)

Not many people were on top but as usual those that were had come from all directions, many from Honister

HonisterDaleHead

I just couldn’t stop taking pictures of Gable, as mesmerising as The Matterhorn.

Gable

These fungi looked delicious.  They were about 15 cm high and across.  Anyone know if they were edible?  I didn’t risk it.

fungi

Bit of a scramble down to Black Sail Pass but a great pose opportunity!

Me

So mini cacti as well as giant mushrooms inhabit Kirk Fell

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Then on the way to Pillar

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there were tiny tarns

tarns

Things became a little more steep

steep

and rocky

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Robinsons cairn being a good place to rest and recuperate while contemplating Pillar Rock

Robinsons

and the way ahead

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Then the final scramble

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a last longing look at Pillar rock

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before the top

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And Wast Water still looked beautiful after a hike up a hill

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