Today was a ‘6 Wainwrights in a day’ kind of day.
Lay and I had another opportunity to flee into the hills thanks to Aunty Clare and Uncle Tony offering to have Megan and William overnight. Plans to overnight camp were put aside as the kit faff didn’t seem worth the effort on this occasion and an early start was going to be possible.
We started our walk from Longlands, which is located on the edge of the Lake District National Park to the east of Over Water. Having got one of the last parking spaces on the road (which is also the route of the Cumbrian Way) we set off on our Wainwright bagging day!
We followed a path that handrailed Longlands Beck before we gently started to gain height as we headed towards the valley of River Ellen and saw the first part of our route open up.
From here we started the serious business of fell bagging, without any significant breaks as the strong wind and lack of sunshine made it noticeably chilly when not moving.
Great Cockup – Wainwright No. 158 – 1,720ft (524m)
Meal Fell – Wainwright No. 153 – 1,770ft (550m)
Great Sca Fell – Wainwright No. 113 – 2.131ft (651m)
Brae Fell – Wainwright No. 133 – 1,920ft (585m)
Longlands Fell – Wainwright No. 179 – 1,585ft (483m)
Binsey – Wainwright No. 191 – 1,466ft (447m)
From here we also had great views of a dramatic ridge on the western Skiddaw that would be an interesting route option when we return to do that fell.
We ended our day with a short walk along the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake from Scarness Bay (adjacent to a holiday park) to Bowness Bay, stopping for a wild swim in the rather refreshing water!!