Thursday, April 11, 2013

Grey Crag, Tarn Crag, Branstree & Selside Pike

Date : 11th April 2013
Start / Finish : Sadgill
Wainwrights: Grey Crag, Tarn Crag, Branstree, Selside Pike
Height Gained : 2900 feet
Distance : 9.2 miles

This was all unfamiliar territory for me. The far eastern fells tend to be bit too grassy and lacking in rocks for my taste but this walk actually surprised me as there were a few little gems along the way. I really need to repeat this route again as unfortunately much of it was under cloud. Its a nice circular-ish route and easy walking all the way.

The route: anti-clockwise from Sadgill (very bottom)

Looking up to Grey Crag in mist

Looking back down to Sadgill where the car is parked

Looking back down along Longsleddale

Reaching the snowline

Grey Crag summit - No views today

Tarn Crag summit - still no views

The strange looking tower on Tarn Crag ...

This 12 foot tall survey tower was used in the construction of the Haweswater Aquaduct build in the 1930's to convey water south to Manchester.
Deep snow on Tarn Crag

Branstree Summit - still viewless

Large cairns on Artle Crag

Selside Pike summit

Finally, a glimpse of Haweswater from Selside Pike

Wading back to Branstree through deep snow

Looking back Selside Pike from Branstree - Mist finally lifting
Branstree summit panorama over to Riggindale

Harter Fell and High Street

Harter Fell's eastern face

Harter Fell panorama from Branstree

Gatescarth Pass under 'some' snow

The Gatescarth path back to Sadgill

The Longsleddale valley

Tarn Crag and Grey Crag now cloud free

Kentmere Pike's less commonly seen eastern face

Shipman Knotts and Kentmere Pike

Looking back up the Gatescarth Path from near the Car