|Setting off from Hartsop|
Here's an overview of the route:
Cow Bridge - Hartsop - Hartsop Dodd - Stony Cove Pike - Thornthwaite Crag - Grey Crag - Hartsop - Cow Bridge
|Looks like a steep climb|
Visibility was quite poor as the cloud was very low but the forecast had promised it would clear up by mid-day so we were hopeful of some good views before the end of the walk.
That was our first Wainwright of the day in the bag.
As we continued to Stony Cove Pike there weren't really any views to be had as the cloud was so low and we could barely see the summit cairn as we approached but the walk itself was easy enough.
Once at the summit we took a very short detour to the geocache (1 of only 2 on the walk). That was Wainwright #2 of the day. We didn't hang around long here as the visibility was poor and getting worse. Then it was onward to Thornthwaite Crag.
The path down was a tricky scramble on wet rock. I really wasn't prepared for how difficult this was and at times felt out of my depth due to not being able to get a good foothold on the slippery rock but we took it slowly and eventually made it to Threshthwaite mouth unscathed.
Then after a brief cuppa we started the very steep ascent up the scree path on Thornthwaite crag. This looked a lot worse than it actually was. It was very steep but easy enough and I was glad we were walking up rather than coming down that way.
The summit is marked by a very impressive 14ft cairn named Thornthwaite Beacon. This was Wainwright #3.
After this we continued along to Grey Crag. This section was like a walk in the park and we soon arrived at Grey Crag summit cairn.
Then it was off to Ambleside for pasties from the Apple Pie Bakery.
|Saw this in a shop window in Ambleside, sums up the day perfectly|