Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Wasdale Camping

Bank holiday saw us going up to the Lakes to Wasdale NT campsite. We were with a small group from the walking group. The first night was a cold night and we woke to clear skies which meant we could do Scafell pike as the other four have not done this before.

We took the route from the campsite up Brown Tongue and up the scree route via Mickledore to Broad Stand where we met a few people unsure about the route choice. From here we headed up onto Scafell Pike 997m, where we were greeted by the mass of crowds up there. The views were great and you could see the hills of Isle of Man clearly. We then bagged a small peak on the way down which was Broad Crag 934m, which did not take long to do, but involved some scrambling over boulders.

 We then backtracked to come back down the scree slope that took us along the Corridor route. There we met a jolly group of Irish walkers. We then turned to head down Lingmell beck which led us to the door of Wasdale Head Inn, where we sampled a couple pints of local beer.

The next day we had some snow on Great Gable and the weather did not seem too good. Plus we had a dog with poorly paws so we went up lllgill Head 609m and Whin Head 536m above Waster water. As we climbed up the first hill the weather seemed to improve. Then as the day went on it went to blue skies again.

Our route off Whin Rigg was to head down to the road or head though the forest and take the path back along Mirerdale. This is what we did and what a good route back to the campsite. A route that we not done before. Plus you don't see many walkers on this side.

We were back at the camp site by 7pm and soon ate and were in the pub again. When we came back to the tents they had a layer of frost on them.

On the Monday we went to Ravenglass but the weather was wet and cold, so we sat in the pub looking out to sea having fish and chips.

Overall a good weekend. Campsite is good and in an excellent location right in the mountains but is a little costly. Downside is you pay a lot and you still need to mess about with a coin for the showers.

1 comment:

  1. Nice post, great weather and lovely photo’s. Thats what it’s all about.
    Well apart from the beer and fish and chips that is. Ravenglass is a realy nice spot. Personally i think Wainwright should have started the CC here.