Triple Spine Lakeland Challenge Day 2 - Saturday 23 September 2017
Brocavum to Galava (Brougham Castle to Ambleside)
Brougham Castle - Yanwath - Tirril - Heughscar Hill - Arthur's Pike - Bonscale Pike - Loadpot Hill - Wether Hill - High Raise - Kidsty Pike - Rampsgill Head - High Street - Thornthwaite Crag - Park Fell - Troutbeck Park - Ing Lane - Troutbeck - Robin Lane - Skelghyll Wood - Ambleside
Country lanes & good mountain paths
A mixed bag. From the start to Loadpot Hill the weather was overcast with sunny spells. However from Loadpot Hill to the valley floor at Troutbeck the conditions deteriorated with low cloud and rainy spells.
9 plus 1 Outlying Fell (Heughscar Hill)
OL5 - The English Lakes (North Eastern Area)
OL7 - The English Lakes (South Eastern Area)
Today would see the longest day of the three walks that make up the challenge. At nearly 27 miles it is a tough ask but is alleviated somewhat by the fact that the amount of ascent today was just under 2000 feet less than yesterday. The walk today would link the two Roman Forts at Brovacum near Penrith and Galava at Ambleside and would follow the route of the Roman Road that was built to link the two forts - this road is more commonly known as High Street and the route also visits the fell of the same name.
An early start again to drive over to Penrith for a 0700 start. Just the 3 of us today (Phil, Tim & myself) as I was informed that Alan had made it to Threlkeld last night but would more than likely not be joining us today - however we hung on for 10 minutes in case he turned up. Leaving Brougham Castle the route would meander through the villages of Eamont Bridge, Yanwath & Tirril before reaching the open fell side near Heughscar Hill. We were pleased to see the weather had improved markedly and we even had some sunny spells as we headed past The Cockpit and over Barton Fell to reach our first Wainwright of the day at Arthur's Pike. From this vantage point over Ullswater we made our way, firstly to Bonscale Pike with its two stone towers and then to Loadpot Hill from where our luck ran out with the weather - it turned from sunshine and mild to extremely windy with misty clag.
The start at Brovacum (Brougham Castle)
Brougham Hall and a tatty Union Jack
The Eden Millennium Monument at Egmont Bridge
Tempted - but at 0740 in the morning The Gate Inn at Yanwath was definitely shut
Looking down to Pooley Bridge - was the weather about to improve? We would see.
Phil & Tim up on Heughscar Hill
Looking over Ullswater from Long Knotts
The summit of Arthur's Pike
Looking to Hallin Fell & Ullswater from the summit of Bonscale Pike
The Trig Point on the summit of Loadpot Hill - it was here that the weather started to turn for the worse
The summit of High Raise
The summit of Rampsgill Head - it was getting pretty bleak now
The summit of High Street - just miserable unfortunately
However we managed to raise smiles before leaving the summit of High Street
Thornthwaite Crag - lots of other nutters out today
Heading down to Troutbeck via Park Fell - Troutbeck Tongue is ahead
No time for beer unfortunately - that would have to wait until Ambleside which was still a few miles away yet
Phil & I at the finish at Galava (Ambleside)
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