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Wastwater Wainwrights

Wastwater Wainwrights

High pressure days with wondrous blue skies may have temporarily have left the hills, but drama remained.  Wastwater is beautiful all the time and  this year to have seen it, literally, in snow and shine.

The sun and clouds were competing for centre stage, perfect visibility alternated with thick mist.

Some peaks had vistas stretching far to the far reaches of Cumbria and others, well they were just another pile of stones.

 

 

Leaving Wastwater from Bowerdale we headed up Netherbeck, initially following the track along the beck.

Netherbeck

Netherbeck

An easy and gentle start – until we went off piste, just so we didn’t have to retrace our steps off Haycock we hung a left and went straight up the contours to the delightfully named Pots of Ashness.  Now can anyone tell me where that came from?

No matter, it was still clear, not to last though.  As we picked our way over High Pikehow and Gowder Crag the cloud blew in over the top of Haycock and hopes of glancing to Ennerdale were pretty much lost.

Haycock

Haycock

Were we just going to see ‘piles of stones’?

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Ennerdale just appears

But then the wind turned and the sky turned from thick grey to soft white haze and there were some hills!

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We were not standing in splendid isolation.  Ennerdale Valley really was just over the hill.

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Steeple behind Scoat

Having stumbled over the stones we headed down to grassy slope  of Scoat Fell and the curtains parted and dappled Ennerdale in high intensity spotlights.

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Cloud parting over Ennerdale

The carousel of cloud shift around.  One moment the far side of Ennerdale  opened and then the drama shifted to Wasdale Head.

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Then just as quickly there was just another pile of stones – on Scoat.  Another turn of the carousel and then there was Steeple.   What had looked like an insignificant blip was, well, a bit more than a blip.

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Steeple

Worth walking to see over to Pillar.

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Lunch hunched in the lea of Scoat,  watching the changing moods and light but fickle as ever.

 

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Ennerdale Red Pike

Isolation returned on the way to Red Pike and then it was, just another pile of stones.

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The way up to Red PIke, Wasdale

I am obviously not destined to see either of the Red Pikes, when I went up the other side of Ennerdale on the C2C it was equally shrouded.

KirkFell

Kirk Fell

As quick as it it appeared, the cloud blew away as our direction shifted over to see the mass of Kirk Fell.  Somehow it had not been quite as imposing from the bottom.  Just as well as I may never had hiked it.

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Stirrup Crag

Stirrup Crag looked a little daunting but I managed to stretch myself sufficiently to make it up for the final ridge along Yewbarrow.

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Wasdale Head

The low afternoon light pulled out the deep greens of the hill and valleys.

Wastwater

Wastwater

Wastwater as blue as it is deep with the sheer side of screes hugging the side.

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Wastwater from Yewbarrow

Hidden special effects  blew ethereal wisps of cloud over, coating us with a temporary chill.

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It was time to just stand and stare.

The route

WastwaterMap

And maps

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